Dental Implants and Overdentures
A considerable number of our patients here at Glen Perio opt for dental implants as their preferred choice for tooth restoration, citing the remarkably natural resemblance to an actual tooth. We assure our patients that the outcome of a dental implant procedure encompasses the authentic look, feel, and functionality of a real tooth.
Understanding Dental Implants
The process of our dental implant procedure involves a surgical attachment of the dental implant to the jawbone. A dental implant is made up of three integral components – an implant, an abutment, and a crown. Titanium is the material most often used, chosen for its biocompatibility, ensuring acceptance by the human body. Further enhancing the natural integration, the implant features a post that fuses with the jawbone during the healing phase.
This fusion with the natural bone transforms the dental implant into an implanted anchor for the artificial tooth, creating a remarkably natural appearance. The connector secures the artificial tooth in place, culminating in a trio of components that seamlessly act as a substitute for the lost tooth. Dental implants replicate both the look and function of a natural tooth.
Each dental implant undergoes meticulous design to closely mimic the characteristics of natural teeth. Our skilled dentists pay particular attention to matching the color of the artificial tooth with the patient's existing teeth, resulting in a virtually indistinguishable difference. Patients expressing concerns about the outcome can rest assured, as a dental implant mirrors the appearance of a natural tooth with remarkable precision.
What Are Overdentures?
Overdentures compare with dental implants in some ways, first because both are used to replace lost teeth. Overdentures are considered different from traditional dentures. First, traditional dentures are not permanent; you can remove them at select times, such as when cleaning them or going to bed. Traditional dentures are also held in place by strips or paste, and some of our patients have noted that they move slightly when eating or talking.
With time, the lack of teeth will affect the jawbone, resulting in the need to visit the dentist to get new denture fittings. This problem has affected patients using traditional dentures and prompted the adoption of new dental technology to make dentures longer-lasting.
Unlike traditional dentures, implants support overdentures, which act as anchors. Instead of using a special glue strip or paste, overdentures snap onto the dental implants and are securely held throughout the day. You do not have to worry about your overdentures moving. In addition, overdentures supported by implants do not require check-ups from our dentist, like regular dentures do, because the jawbone does not wear down. Instead, the implants promote bone growth.
Bone Regeneration through Bone Grafts
If you have lost teeth due to trauma or gum disease, and especially if you intend to have dental implants, a bone graft will first be recommended. These are some of the agents that cause the loss of bone mass on a patient's jaw. In addition, undergoing a bone graft procedure is essential in preventing further deterioration of the jawbone and other related complications.
A bone graft is a procedure where new bone material is attached to the jaw to stimulate bone regeneration. The taking of bone material in a healthy location of the patient's body and applying it to the damaged area has been done for decades. It can provide much-needed healing or additional bone mass once it has fully bonded with the jawbone. This helps give options to patients who need dental appliances to correct problems.
Many patients who would not be eligible for specific restorative dentistry procedures such as dental implants can now get them due to bone grafts providing the much-needed bone mass to support them. In most cases the grafted material will come from the patient however in some cases it can be provided for a donor.
If the patient does not have viable bone grafting material and another substitute donor cannot be found, synthetic bone material can be used as an option. This process is very common and acts as the patient's material. Then the material will bond to the existing bone the same way the harvested graft would.
Bone grafts can take several weeks to several months to heal completely. The recovery time depends on your overall health and your body's ability to repair itself. We typically recommend using over-the-counter pain medication and an ice pack to reduce inflammation and soreness during recovery. After you have healed from your bone graft procedure, you can move forward with the process of getting dental implants.
Dental Implant FAQ
These are the most frequently asked questions we receive at Glen Perio about the difference between dental implants and overdentures.
Who Qualifies for Overdentures?
If you are missing both the top and bottom teeth, you are a good candidate for dentures. You are also suitable for overdentures if you recently lost your teeth and your jawbone is still healthy. Implant-supported overdentures need a strong jawbone.
When Do I Need Dental Implants?
Dental implants are necessary when you have lost one or more teeth that need replacing. This is better for the long-term health of your jaw.
Should I Choose Dental Implants or Overdentures?
The answer to this question depends on the number of teeth you are missing and your preferences. Our dentist can help you decide which tooth replacement option would work best for you.
Benefits of Dental Implants
The benefits of dental implants are many, from solving dental issues to functional, health, and aesthetic problems. Dental implants provide a permanent, solid foundation for missing teeth. They look and feel just like your natural teeth, and blend in with your existing ones. Dental implants help strengthen your jawbone and give your teeth the strength they need for optimal chewing and bite power.
Dental Implants at Glen Perio
If you are unsure what dental device you need to restore your healthy smile, visit and discuss the various dental restoration options available with our dentists. Contact us at to schedule a consultation today.