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Overdentures

Implant and Overdentures

Overdentures will be fitted over your existing tooth roots and attached/supported by your dental implants. Hereford Dental & Implant Clinic’s highly trained and skilled dental team will assess the patient’s current dental health, and will advise the patient of all the suitable options to suit their needs.

Why would you need Overdentures?

  • If you have suffered from extensive loss of bone
  • If you have missing or lost all of your teeth
  • Overdentures will support your existing dentures
  • Re-build your confidence
  • Overdentures will improve your speech and will make eating easier

Benefits of Overdentures

Overdentures are best suited for patients who:

  • Require a dental solution at lower costs
  • Wants a securely fitted denture that will allow them to eat and chew as normal
  • Wishes to not have a bone graft, but wants the benefits of dental implants

Overdentures are not only a good dental implant solution, but they will also prevent any further bone loss, as the implants will add support to the surrounding bone structure.

How long does the Overdenture treatment take?

Like all dental implant treatments, treatment times will vary from case to case, but Hereford’s dentist will give you a good idea during the initial free consultation (can be completed in as little as 3-4 months).

What will the procedure involve?

Once the initial consultation has finished, the overdenture procedure will involve:

Initial Diagnostic Stage

  • We will take impressions and x-rays of your jaw, to produce an exact study model
  • If required, a CT scan will be taken to help diagnose and visualise the patients jaw 3 Dimensionally (with the use of simplant software) – This will allow your dentist to identify and asses where the sinuses and nerves are, and if there is enough bone for the dental implants to bond with

(During the next phase, the patient will be given temporary dentures)Stabilisation

Depending on the patients current dental health, any other treatment that is required, will be completed before the dental implants are placed eg:

  • Gum treatment
  • Tooth extraction
  • Removing tooth decay
  • Polish and scale
  • Replacing of any failing restorations

Implant Placement

  • Using the initial CT scan and x-rays, the dentist will place the implant into the jawbone
  • The placement of the dental implants can be done under IV (intravenous) sedation or local anaesthetic. Prior to starting your chosen treatment, you can discuss this with your dentist and decided what will be best for you
  • The implants will need to heal up and integrate with the jawbone, before the next appointment can take place. The process will normally take around 3 months and during this time the patient will be fitted with temporary dentures

Restoration

  • After the 3 months (on average) healing period, we will start the restoration of the implants. The patient will be put under local anaesthetic and a healing will be placed onto the implants, to form the connection between them and the overdentures
  • The temporary dentures will then be disposed of and the new overdentures will be fitted
  • We will then show you how to take care of your new overdentures