Overdentures are not a new dental procedure but are not very well known to most people. Overdentures are very similar to dentures in that they look like natural, healthy teeth and gums. They can either be dental implants or part of your remaining teeth. The biggest difference in overdentures and dentures is mostly in how they operate. So, let us look at the benefits of overdentures, whether it’s a partial or full implant.
An implant-retained overdenture can be very beneficial for people who cannot tolerate regular dentures, who have problems with gag reflex, or certain altered anatomy of the mouth. Overdentures sit on the gum and are held in place by implants inserted in the upper and lower jaw, which eliminates the need for adhesives or glues. The overdenture is removable, but is also securely attached to the implant built into the denture. Because overdentures are secured to the jawbone with hooks they do not move around when you chew or talk.
Implant-retained overdentures are also beneficial in that the implant attached to the jawbone keeps the jawbone stimulated, thus keeping your mouth from shrinking and leaving you with a hollow look some people get with regular dentures. Overdentures also are usually more cost-efficient than regular dentures.
Overdenture can be the best of both worlds because you can take them out to keep them clean, but they are also permanent enough to not move around. They also tend to be more comfortable than regular dentures.
Tooth-retained overdentures are not an option for very many people. This method is especially good for elderly patients and for people who can save some of their teeth. This method can also be used if you have had root canals. One thing to keep in mind with the tooth-retained method is that you will need to keep the remaining teeth very clean so that there is not any additional tooth decay.
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If you are in need of dentures, please call Dr. Jason Roe at Pro Dental Dallas at 972-931-1777. We will be happy to schedule your consultation today. We would love the chance to help you with any of your denture needs, whether your old dentures are not working any more or you are in need of overdentures for the first time in your life, we can help discuss your options and what is best for you.