Houston Implant Overdentures
Dentures are often used when you are missing all your teeth. But it is important to realize that the majority of denture patients aren’t happy with completely removable appliances. Dentures can move around unexpectedly, they can cause painful sores, and chewing efficiency can be reduced by fifty percent or more. Also, after ten or twenty years of wearing dentures, the jawbone becomes resorbed in a condition called facial collapse, and many elderly denture patients are simply not able to comfortably wear a denture any more. (For more information about this condition, please see our facial collapse page.)
If you do need dentures, your best option is to stabilize them with dental implants. When a denture is placed over dental implants, that is called an implant overdenture. This solves most of the problems associated with dentures. Many patients tell us it feels just like having their natural teeth back.
Four or six dental implants would be ideal, but as few as two can be a tremendous help and can keep the denture in place and prevent complete resorption of the bone. With two implants, the attachment between the implants and the denture needs to allow some movement. The picture shows a snap attachment, which protects the implants against torquing forces. With four or more implants, the denture can be screwed securely into place, and it will feel like you have your natural teeth back. The more implants, the more stable and secure the denture will be.
Benefits of Implant Overdentures
Benefits of overdentures include:
- You can eat and talk normally without worrying about your denture falling out at embarrassing times.
- Chewing efficiency is improved.
- The bone is preserved in the area around the implant site, which prevents facial collapse.
- Implant overdentures are more comfortable than removable dentures because the implants prevent movement of the denture which can cause sores.
Dr. Coleman has been placing and restoring dental implants for over 30 years, and has earned Fellowship status with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He stays current with the latest dental implant technology and can help you understand all your options. He also respects the limitations you may have with your budget, and will not push you into options that you don’t want.
If you have questions about whether or not you are a good candidate for dental implants. Call us at 713-783-2800, or visit our request an appointment page.