Overdenture Implant Therapy Denver

Before: existing, worn and loose upper denture and failing remaining lower teeth and unsatisfactory lower partial denture.

Treatment: revised upper complete denture and lower two-implant bar metal-reinforced overdenture implant.

Advantage over solitary anchor systems such as Balls or Studs: longer life span of gold-clips and therefore less maintenance.  Relines less expensive than ball/stud systems, since gold clips/housings normally do not need to be replaced.

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Maintenance: The overdenture implant has  a gold-clip inside.  The clip requires regular activation to maintain its retention/grip.  The clip eventually wears out and will require replacement (average of every 5 years, depending on the rate of wear).  Stress-broken designs are primarily supported by the residual alveolar (bone/soft-tissues) tissues.  Consequently, bone continues to melt away over time behind the implants.  As bone melts away, the overdenture implant will no longer adapt/fit the tissues.  Consequently, laboratory relines are required every 2 to 3 years.  Plastic denture teeth will wear and a new dental prosthetic will be required every 8 to 10 years, depending on the rate of wear.  To avoid/minimize bone loss, multiple implants with a rigid-design prosthesis is recommended.