Overdentures are replacement teeth retained by dental implants. Overdentures were developed to help both partial and fully edentulous patients regain a quality of life, which most likely has been missing since they lost their teeth.
Before and after photos of an actual patient of Dr. Bonilla.
What are the benefits of Overdentures?
Overdentures are ideal for those seeking more affordable ways to replace missing teeth. Dr. Lomartire can also repair and secure loose dentures that have made it harder to speak, eat or smile with confidence. Conventional dentures typically fit over the gums and an upper denture may provide some suction by using the palate. But a lower denture is almost always a nightmare to eat with and tends to flop around. Overdentures allow the doctor to “snap” your teeth in and also by reinforcing the appliances with a hidden metal reinforcement it can make them less bulky and cumbersome. Top overdentures can have the palate removed which allows you to again taste all different types of food and enjoy your meals. Overdentures can also provide you with a more youthful appearance and support the structure of the face.
What is the process for getting Overdentures?
You will undergo a consultation to see whether overdentures are right for you. If you already wear dentures, the process takes very little time and in one visit all of the dental implants can be placed. Dr. Lomartire typically allows 12 weeks for healing of the Locator® dental implants before finishing your overdentures or modifying your existing dentures. After you have been fitted for the overdenture, you will be taught how to take care of them and set up on our hygiene protocol so they will last longer and be more reliable. Eating and speaking general improve tremendously when your overdentures are fixed in place.
Who typically gets Overdentures?
Overdentures are more widely accepted by patients that have worn removable appliances like dental partials and dentures in the past. This new technology is the perfect step for someone who is on a strict budget but wants to be able to be confident that their teeth will not embarrass them or make them uncomfortable when eating.