The Ball-and-Socket option is only available for overdenture placement in the lower jaw. Through Dr. Neshat’s experience, he has determined that placement 4 or 6 dental implants in the upper jaw are often necessary in order to provide optimum stability and security of the overdenture. If you are interested in having an overdenture placed in your upper jaw, information is available on the Bar-and-Clip Overdenture page.
The first step in the placement of the Ball-and-Socket overdenture is to make an appointment for an initial consultation and oral examination with Dr. Neshat. He will evaluate your current oral health and the condition of the bone into which the dental implants will be placed. In order for Dr. Neshat to accurately assess the amount of bone present in your jaw, it may be necessary for you to have a CT scan taken. At that time, Dr. Neshat will determine your diagnosis and explain the treatment options that are available to you.
After Dr. Neshat determines that you are a candidate for the Ball-and-Socket overdenture, we will schedule you for placement of the dental implants. (For an explanation of the actual surgical procedure, please see The Day of Your Surgery: What You Can Expect page.) After the dental implants are placed, Dr. Neshat will place a small suture over each implant to protect the implant during the healing phase.
The normal healing period is 2-4 months. During this time, the dental implants will be adhering to the surrounding bone through a process called Osseointegration.
After the healing phase is complete, we will schedule for you to have the implants exposed. This is a very simple procedure and is often completed with only the use of local anesthetic.
After the implants have been exposed, we will allow the surrounding gum tissue to heal for about 3 weeks. At that time, you will return to your restorative dentist, who will then take impressions for your new overdenture. The impressions will be sent to the local dental laboratory, where they will fabricate your overdenture and then return the final prosthesis to your restorative dentist.
The delivery of the final prosthesis will be scheduled by your restorative dental office. Good oral hygiene habits, inclusive of gentle brushing around the gum tissue and regular 6-month check-ups, are necessary in order for your dental implants to succeed and provide you with years of service.