Implant Supported Overdentures


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About This Treatment

Implant supported overdentures is a type of removable denture connected to dental implants. The implants are fitted with a special mechanism that clicks with the dentures to lock them securely. It is different from traditional dentures, which sit directly on the gum tissues.

The Process

Implant-supported overdentures are a type of removable denture that is supported and anchored by dental implants. This solution is often recommended for individuals who have lost all their teeth in an arch but want a more stable and secure option than traditional dentures. Here’s a broad overview of the procedure for placing implant-supported overdentures:

Consultation and Assessment

  1. Dental Evaluation:
    • Comprehensive oral examination and evaluation of oral and overall health.
  2. Imaging:
    • Acquiring X-rays or CT scans to assess jawbone quality and quantity.
  3. Treatment Planning:
    • Discussing treatment options, outcomes, and creating a personalized treatment plan.

Pre-Implant Preparations

  1. Tooth Extractions:
    • If necessary, removing any remaining teeth.
  2. Bone Grafting:
    • If needed, performing bone grafting to ensure sufficient bone volume.

Dental Implant Placement

  1. Surgical Procedure:
    • Placing dental implants in the jawbone under local anesthesia. Typically, 2-4 implants are placed in each arch.
  2. Healing Cap Placement:
    • Securing healing caps to protect the implant sites and shape the gum tissue.

Healing and Osseointegration

  1. Recovery:
    • Allowing several weeks to months for the bone to integrate securely with the implants (osseointegration).
  2. Temporary Denture:
    • Wearing a temporary denture if necessary to avoid any aesthetic concerns.

Creating and Fitting the Overdenture

  1. Impression:
    • Taking precise impressions or digital scans of the jaw and implants.
  2. Fabrication:
    • Constructing the overdenture in a dental lab based on the impressions and dentist's specifications.
  3. Fitting and Adjustments:
    • Trying in the overdenture, ensuring proper fit, comfort, and bite, making adjustments as necessary.

Attaching the Overdenture

  1. Attachment Pieces:
    • Fitting attachment pieces to the implants, which will hold the overdenture securely in place.
  2. Overdenture Placement:
    • Placing the overdenture so that it “snaps” onto or connects securely to the attachment pieces on the implants.

Post-Placement Care and Follow-Up

  1. Care Instructions:
    • Providing detailed instructions for cleaning and caring for the overdenture and oral tissues.
  2. Follow-Up Visits:
    • Monitoring the function and health of the implant-supported overdenture and surrounding tissues.

Before And After


Patient Stories

I lost my two front teeth whilst at school and had complications for years. Unfortunately I ended up needing an implant – which I had been avoiding! I wish I had done it sooner. Dr Patel was fantastic and guided me through each stage. He was always contactable to answer any queries or concerns. Very happy with the end result and would reccomend.
Sarah Thompson
A great surgery; Dr Cavan in particular spent time with me to make sure my new night guards fitted well and were up to the job
Paul Rand
The Dental Care Center has been an excellent dentist surgery that I have been attending as a patient for many years. When I was young I didn’t have a pleasant experience with my local dentist on more than one occasion. I found the dentist at new cross dental care center very reassuring and comforting. The management and reception were also very welcoming.
Irene Braswell


The biggest difference between an All-on-Four appliance and an overdenture is the way that it’s shaped. As a permanent appliance, you never have to take it out. Plus, All-on- Four treatments don’t cover the roof of your mouth.

Implant dentures or fixed dentures are similar to implant overdentures. Both provide a prosthetic crown as well as artificial gum tissue. However, the key difference is that this type of denture can not be removed by the individual at home.

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