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Implant-Supported Overdentures vs Traditional Dentures

Updated: Mar 13

If you need a denture treatment to replace your teeth, you should strongly consider implant-supported overdentures. They are a highly beneficial alternative to traditional dentures.

What is an implant-supported overdenture?

As the name suggests, an implant-supported overdenture is supported by (and attached to) dental implants. The overdenture simply snaps onto implants surgically placed in the front of the jawbone, as indicated in the image below.

These implants effectively act as an anchor for the overdenture. An implant-supported overdenture is secured in the mouth, just like natural teeth are. At night, it can be removed for cleaning and maintenance.

This type of denture has been a common treatment for dental patients for more than 20 years.

What are the benefits of implant-supported overdentures?

The major benefits of implant-supported overdentures include:

  • being more stable than traditional dentures, making the chewing of a wider variety of foods easier. If you like to eat food like steak, you’ll find it easier to take stronger bites with implant-supported overdentures.

  • covering less of the palate (roof of the mouth) than traditional dentures (because the implants hold the denture securely in place).

  • potentially improving your phonetic speaking capability.

  • generally being more comfortable than traditional dentures, with less gum and cheek irritation.

  • being unobtrusive, as they have either a chrome or acrylic base that looks like gum.

  • they won’t accidentally slip or fall out of your mouth, so you can be confident of talking and laughing freely in front of others.

  • the implants functioning like tooth roots, helping to preserve your jaw bone. More jawbone loss is typically associated with traditional dentures.

  • they typically don’t need repairing or replacing as often as traditional dentures that tend to wear away the jawbone over time.

  • they can support your lips and cheeks to provide a full shape to your face.

Eligibility criteria for implant-supported overdentures

To be eligible for implant-supported overdentures, you need to meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • you don’t have any teeth in your upper jaw, your lower jaw, or both.

  • you have enough jawbone to support the necessary implant attachments.

  • you have a satisfactory dental and medical history.

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