Overdentures are a significant investment into your health and well-being, so we understand you will have many questions about the procedure. For your convenience, our denture experts at ABQ Dentures have answered some of the most frequently asked questions we hear about overdentures at our office.
- I have been told in the past I am not an implant candidate. Can I still get overdentures?
- In most cases, yes. The advanced technology we use at ABQ Dentures makes it possible for most people to receive implants to support their overdentures.
- Is the implant procedure predictable and reliable?
- Yes, dental implant surgery is very predictable and reliable. Current research statistics show dental implant surgery success rates at 95-98%.
- Can I use my current dentures with dental implants?
- It is possible, but it depends on the dentures you own. They must be the right design and should be in excellent condition. However, it is beneficial to get new dentures that are designed to work with your implants and have the right alignment and fit. They will function better and be more comfortable than trying to conform old dentures to a new system.
- Does insurance or Medicaid cover implants or overdentures?
- Many insurance plans do cover implants, but usually a limited amount such as $1,000 or $2,000 per year. Medicaid does not currently cover dental implants.
- What is the difference between All-on-4 and removable overdentures?
- Both options give you more stability and function than traditional dentures. However, the All-on-4 method gives you same day dentures that are fixed in place. They do not need to be removed and offer the most comfortable fit and function for dentures. Removable overdentures are not secured in place until the implants heal and should be removed each night to be cleaned.
- What type of maintenance is required for overdentures?
- Overdentures need to be cleaned daily just like regular teeth. All-on-4 dentures are cleaned in the mouth, while removable overdentures should be removed and cleaned each night. This allows the gums to “breathe” while you sleep. Annual visits to your dentist or prosthodontist for checkups are recommended for your implants. Additionally, overdentures should be cleaned by a denture professional once a year.