If you are dealing with severe tooth loss, disease or damage, or are tired of struggling with dentures that are uncomfortable and often slip or click at embarrassing and awkward times, then you may be interested in learning about our other revolutionary tooth replacements and restorative treatments. If so, then call 608-274-5970 today to find out how Madison Family Dental Associates can help you!
You have probably heard of traditional dentures, but fewer people have heard of removable overdentures. Removable overdentures offer many of the same strengths and benefits of traditional dentures with few of the drawbacks. If you are one of the millions of Americans missing all of their top teeth or bottom teeth and are looking for a restorative solution or to upgrade your dentures, then removable overdentures are a great choice. Madison Family Dental Associates is here to help you decide if overdentures are a great fit for you.
What Are Removable Overdentures?
Removable overdentures are similar to complete dentures, but are supported by dental implants. Dental implants are miniature screw-like posts that fuse with your jawbone on a cellular level. This fusion offers much better support, stability, and long-term durability than traditional dentures, which are supported solely by your gums. The number of dental implants required varies depending on your needs and number of missing teeth. The dental implants can support a full arch of teeth custom-molded to perfectly resemble your natural teeth in both form and function. Unlike similar treatment options which are permanently affixed to the dental implants, overdentures can easily be removed and reinserted as needed or preferred.
Are Overdentures the Right Tooth Replacement Choice for You?
If you already have complete dentures or are looking for a dental appliance to restore your missing teeth, then you may be a good candidate for overdentures. For patients accustomed to traditional dentures, overdentures offer several benefits. One of the biggest benefits is that even though they are removable, there is none of the slipping or clicking that can occur with traditional dentures. Overdentures are far more comfortable than traditional dentures and look better too. With overdentures you can also bite down harder without discomfort, and they may be ideal for patients with sensitive gag reflexes who cannot wear traditional dentures because they find them too bulky and uncomfortable.
Overdentures do wear out or need replacement, which can entail an additional cost. Overdentures must also be regularly cleaned and cared for, or their lifespan will not be as long as intended. Luckily, your new overdentures can be brushed and flossed just like you do with your natural teeth.
What You Can Expect When Getting Overdentures Placed?
Receiving overdentures will likely require multiple visits to our dental office. The first step is always a consultation to determine if you are a good fit for overdentures, and we will work closely with you to devise an effective treatment plan. After that, we will use sophisticated scans and diagnostics to help place the dental implants. It can take several months for the dental implants to completely and fully heal. Once they are healed, you will come back into our office so that we can take a mold of your mouth and use that to design and manufacture your custom-fitted overdentures. We will place the overdentures on the dental implants and ensure that everything looks, feels, and works according to your satisfaction.
The Most Advanced Dentures Ever!
Removable overdentures represent a big step forward in denture and dental implant technology. To place dental implants we may implement one or several of the following dental technologies.
What is a Soft Tissue Laser?
A soft tissue laser can be used in a wide range of applications. They can be used in gum contouring, biopsy analysis, and removing infected tissue. They can also remove the dangerous bacteria which is linked to the development of periodontal disease. A huge benefit is the much lower infection rate and rapid healing post-procedure.
What is CAD/CAM Technology?
Digital technology has entered almost every aspect of society. This technology is known as computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM). It means appliances are now created and designed to fit the specific measurement of a patient’s mouth. Gone are the days of one size fits all.
3D Cone Beam
This is another x-ray technology which offers a three-dimensional rendering of the patient’s mouth. It is by far one of the best imaging options available. It not only captures the soft and hard tissues of the mouth but can also be used to map nerve pathways too. The image can be manipulated in real-time to change viewing angles to offer the best possible view of the issue.
Guided Dental Implant Technology
Another incredible advance in technology, this procedure can actually give patients a set of artificial teeth in under an hour. It uses CAD/CAM technology to model and manufacture the artificial teeth with exacting specifications. A guide is used to implant the anchors which are embedded into the patient’s jaw. Interestingly enough, it can all be done without a single incision needing to be made.
What is Micro Dentistry?
This might sound like something out of a science fiction movie, but it is not. It is the magnification of a specific area in need of treatment. It provides crystal clear imaging of the nearby area allowing for greater focus and far less invasiveness with procedures.
Our team is ready to provide you with the best possible treatment by utilizing these new advances in dental health.
If you would like to schedule a consultation to learn how overdentures can benefit you and aid in replacing your missing teeth, or if you just have more questions about this innovative dental appliance, then give Madison Family Dental Associates a call at 608-274-5970 today!