How Long Do Overdentures Last

There are a number of dentures available to patients that need to restore the function of their smile. Implant supported overdentures are a much better solution to severe tooth loss than traditional dentures because implant supported overdentures are not held in place with adhesives and retention, they are secured with implants!


Implant failure is always a risk but this type of dental prosthesis uses multiple implants so if one fails, you do not have to replace the entire overdenture, just the failing implant. With proper oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist, your dental implants can last a lifetime.


Types of Overdentures

Implant Supported Overdenture
For this restoration, four or more dental implants are used to secure a removable prosthesis that snaps onto the implants instead of it being screwed into place. This is a wonderful convenience for patients during oral hygiene and maintenance.


Implant Retained Overdenture
This option uses a metal bar that is secured onto the implants and the overdenture snaps onto the bar.


What is the timeframe for getting an overdenture?

This process is not for the faint of heart because it does take quite a while. The implants alone need six months to heal before any restorative work can be done. If you require any preparatory work such as a bone graft or a gum graft, those will have to heal before your implants are ever placed. But once the implants are integrated, your dentist can place your new overdenture!


How long does an overdenture last?

Maintenance is necessary with any dental restoration and more so with dental implants and overdentures. The wear and tear that the overdenture endures with repeated snapping in and out will eventually necessitate the replacement of the attachment components every 2 to 4 years. Additionally, depending on the type of denture, you may need to have your denture relined or repaired every 3 to 5 years to ensure the best fit possible.


With proper care and maintenance, your dental implants can easily last a lifetime. Your overdenture may last as long but will definitely require more frequent maintenance to keep it in good shape and keep you smiling!


If you find that you may need a denture in the future, speak with your dentist to learn about your options and determine what type of denture will be best for you. Modern dentures are incredibly natural looking and are much easier for the patient to wear. The level of stability and comfort far outweighs that of a traditional denture but not everyone is a candidate for dental implants so it is important to know your options and understand what the process entails.


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