Overdentures are similar to dentures in terms of quality, but they are designed to be used in conjunction with dental implants. They can replace one or more teeth using some simple dental applications. When a tooth is lost, the jaw bone structure is impacted to some extent. Overdenture adequately restores the original structure of the jaw bone.

The overdenture treatment is regarded as one of the most treatment options for those who despise their missing teeth. A little screw-like or anchor-like component is used in the dental implants. This is often constructed of titanium, which is long-lasting and can be placed permanently on either the upper or lower jaw.

Overdentures serve to maintain the jaw bone and act like a natural tooth root without causing any harm to the jawbones or gums. This implant attachment provides tooth stability, allowing you to confidently chew, talk, and laugh.That is the only reason why people would rather have an overdenture operation than a denture implant.

Purpose of a full overdenture?

It is primarily for people who are losing one or more teeth as a result of gum disease. An overdenture treatment is the safest since it does not utilise glue to secure the implant to the gums; instead, it employs an anchoring system that is attached to the gums or the teeth themselves.

Overdentures help teeth and gums function better, especially when compared to traditional dentures. Ordinary dentures are unstable and may need to be refitted in the future. In fact, this treatment does not allow for gum remodelling. Overdentures are removable and long-lasting, allowing the underlying bone to be supported for a long time.

Overdentures also have lot of benefits.

  • Overdentures attached using glue may be unstable, however overdentures attached with screws are very stable and long-lasting. This improves the gum's stability, allowing you to chew your meal thoroughly.
  • If you have the most severe tooth loss, the natural process of jaw shrinkage may alter your appearance by narrowing the area between your chin and nose. An Overdenture treatment can be used to prevent this shrinking.
  • The jaw bone is regularly stimulated after the implant Overdenture treatment, either by natural teeth or by dental implants. The gums will cease shrinking as a result of this stimulation, and your face structure will be restored.
  • If the dentures are held in place with adhesives, they may move around while speaking or chewing, causing pain and bruising. Attaching an overdenture to implants makes it more secure and stable, as well as removing any potential for shame.

Types of Overdenture Treatment

Gum Supported implant 

The overdentures are affixed to the upper and/or lower jaws and are positioned on the gums. Retentive attachments secure the detachable overdenture to the implants, which are then merged into the denture. The dentures are supported by the underlying tissues and bones, which require minimal care for the majority of patients.

implant overdenture clamped by a bar

The overdentures are fixed to the metal bar, which is secured to the implants once more. This can be attached to both the lower and upper jaws, and it can be taken out if necessary.

Fixed implant overdenture

The overdenture and the bar are attached on the same jaw in single implant overdenture therapy, forming a single framework. Only dental surgeons can remove the screw that holds the framework to the jaw.

Tooth supported overdenture

Some canines are permanently retained with a tooth-supported overdenture. However, before undertaking a tooth-supported overdenture operation, a root canal treatment must be completed first. The metal bar is then attached to the base of the overdenture one by one, and the attachment is secured.

If you have certain gum problems, there’s a good possibility your teeth will start coming out. With adequate medical assistance, this procedure can be slowed or stopped. However, if the majority of the teeth begin to fall out, it is advisable to utilise replacement teeth, such as an overdenture.

Frequently Asked Questions

Overdenture is based on the concept of using natural teeth/roots as abutments to support the prosthesis and slow the progression of residual ridge resorption. Another advantage of overdenture is that it improves sensory perception. Because the nerves in the roots/teeth are still present, feeling is improved. Complete dentures, on the other hand, will necessitate the extraction of all remaining teeth, whilst fixed partial dentures will necessitate the preparation or grinding down of adjacent teeth.

When you have implant retained overdentures, you can eat a lot of the hard and sticky foods that you couldn’t consume with traditional dentures.

The length of treatment varies from one patient to the next. Following the checkup, your dentist will choose the treatment strategy. At this stage, the dentist can give you an estimate of how long the procedure will take.

Overdentures are removable dentures with a base that covers one or more teeth, prepared roots, or implants. An overdenture is best suited for elderly patients who have lost some but not all of their teeth. They can be either tooth or implant supported.

Each patient is unique and requires a personal examination and consultation with the dentist. A simple dental checkup will provide you with all the information you need to determine whether overdentures are right for you and how you can get them.

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