Implant Supported Overdentures
When it comes to replacing a patient's teeth, dentists now have several options available, including conventional dentures that sit on the gums, dental implants, overdentures and more. Each method has its own pros and cons and suitability is on a case-by-case basis. For replacing a full set of lower or upper teeth, one of the more stable methods are overdentures. We offer overdentures at all three of our Serenity Dental clinics.
What are overdentures?
Locator overdentures are essentially dentures (false teeth) held in place by up to five small holes which ‘snap’ on to dental implants (small screws or ‘locators’ inserted in your gums). Since they provide significant stability and retention by snapping into place, overdentures are often considered to be a better alternative to traditional dentures.
Benefits of overdentures
- Easier to eat
Since an overdenture snaps into place, the denture wearer has more comfort and control when eating. They can bite down harder and don’t have to worry about the dentures coming out of place.
- Better speech
Since dentures are more secure and don’t become loose, it’s easier for the denture wearer to speak.
Overdentures contribute to maintaining your face’s natural appearance. Without them, individuals with missing teeth can experience muscle loss and sagging in their face.
How to look after your overdentures
To ensure longevity of your overdentures, it’s important to maintain and regularly clean your implants and dentures. Failure to keep your implants clean and healthy can lead to gum infection, which can eventually lead to the implants failing themselves. Fortunately, looking after your overdentures is quite easy.
- Remove and brush your dentures after each meal
- Clean your implants daily and rinse your mouth to finish
- Soak your overdentures overnight
- 6-month dental check-ups
Overdentures in Emerald or surrounds
We offer tooth-supported overdentures at all of Serenity Dental CQ’s three dental clinics – Emerald, Middlemount and Dysart.
While Serenity Dental CQ is a Bupa preferred dentist and also a preferred provider for HCF, Medibank, Westfund and CBHS, all health funds are accepted with Hicaps used to process claims for you at the time of your appointment. Interest-free dental payment plans are also available.
Contact the Serenity Dental CQ team today to make an appointment to discuss overdentures with one of our dental professionals. Phone 07 4982 2001 or book a dental appointment online.