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Implant Overdentures

Implant Overdentures in San Antonio, TX

Implant overdentures are one of the most practical measures in implant dentistry. They combine the full coverage of dentures and the security of dental implants. At Local Dental San Antonio, Drs. Joung and Minkyung Lee provide implant overdentures for those that need a long-lasting, stable solution for tooth loss.

What are implant overdentures?

Sometimes called snap-in dentures, implant overdentures stabilize with dental implants. While the implant overdenture is removable, the implant posts are not.

What makes dental implant overdentures different?

If you’ve ever worn traditional dentures, you probably understand they come with serious drawbacks. For instance, many patients complain about loose dentures falling out when speaking, eating, or engaging in any activity that exerts pressure on the mouth. Also, poorly fitted dentures tend to rub against the gum line, leaving the gums red and raw.
Implant overdentures address these common concerns. Since dental implants reinforce snap-in dentures, they shouldn’t accidentally fall out during the most uncomfortable times. Also, this style of tooth replacement rests right above the gum line, allowing the gums to “breathe” and be taken out daily for cleaning.

Are implant-supported overdentures right for me?

Whether you’ve lost teeth after battling tooth decay or gum disease, those that need to replace some or all of their teeth should consider implant overdentures.

While implant-supported overdentures are gaining popularity, they aren’t suitable for everyone. Those at risk for implant failure should think twice and listen to a second opinion from a dental implant dentist before starting the dental implant process to see if any preliminary procedures are necessary.

Treatment Expectations

For new patients, we strongly suggest filling out new patient forms and submitting insurance information for a more efficient first visit.

How long do implant overdentures take? While the initial procedure can take 1 to 2 hours, the healing time is spread over several months and typically requires several procedures to ensure proper placement.

Furthermore, we’ve outlined what to expect before, during, and after each implant overdenture procedure

Before

After taking CBCT scans and physical exams, as well as discussing implant supported overdentures cost and financing options, our dentists create an individualized dental implant treatment plan. A potential essential component of this treatment plan is preliminary procedures. If necessary, we expect patients to address tooth decay, gum disease, and jawbone density before starting a dental implant journey.

During

Step 1: Dr. Lee surgically embeds the implant post into the bone. Before leaving the office, we offer immediate implant temporization, which means we provide a temporary implant-supported denture as the body heals. Step 2: Over a few weeks to a few months, the bone and implant fuse together in an osseointegration process. Step 3: We uncover the healed dental implant, place the abutment, and provide implant temporization. Step 4: We replace the temporary denture with the final, custom-made implant-anchored denture.

After

As with any dental work, dental implants take some time to get accustomed to. For instance, patients might initially feel soreness or discomfort. Also, we strongly suggest avoiding eating hard, sticky, or chewy foods for the first couple of weeks as the dental implant settles. Furthermore, dental implant patients must prioritize oral hygiene to avoid failure. This includes daily brushing and flossing, plus regular visits to the dentist’s office.
Get Implant-Stabilized Overdentures in San Antonio

Life does not stop after tooth loss, and implant overdentures can be a means to an end for living a fuller life. If you’re unsure if implant overdentures could benefit your life, Drs. Joung and Minkyung Lee help patients decide if they qualify.

Take advantage of our online booking or conveniently call (210) 686-1486. The San Antonio community can trust the Local Dental team to keep individuals and families healthy, happy, and feeling at home.