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All About Overdentures

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Posted: Jun 29, 2022

Thanks to recent progress made in the field of affordable teeth-replacement technology, you no longer have to sacrifice function and aesthetics at the altar of cost-effectiveness. Overdentures are one of the most popular and reliable solutions we have for tooth loss today, and they can be a great choice if you still have a few healthy teeth left.

Learn everything you might want to know about overdentures, including how they work and compare to other teeth-replacement methods from Fixodent’s comprehensive guide!

What Are Overdentures?

Designed mainly for people with partial tooth loss, overdentures are an alternative to conventional and fixed dentures, preventing slippage and bone loss, in addition to providing the wearer with a better eating experience and an easier time speaking clearly. Although overdentures (also known as implant- or tooth-supported dentures) may look like an expensive investment when you get them done, they’re well worth the price, as they can last a lifetime if cared for properly without the durability issues you may encounter with other types of removable dentures.

How Does an Overdenture Work?

In essence, overdentures are removable dentures that rest on—or go over (hence the name)—biocompatible titanium implants placed in your jawbone or remaining existing teeth. Whereas regular removable dentures rely on the natural suction effect provided by the patient’s salivary glands and denture adhesive.

As a result of being affixed to a solid foundation in the form of dental implants or real teeth, overdentures give you a more natural mouth feeling and appearance, and a stronger hold compared to conventional dentures, which rest solely on your gums and jawbones. In the upper jaw, the supporting structure for the overdentures is generally a metal frame attached to three or more implants. If it's in the lower jaw, you typically only need two implants without the frame. The denture itself is composed of several dental crowns and artificial gums made from pink acrylic.

Pros and Cons of Overdentures

Just as there are no rainbows without rain, overdentures too come with their own advantages and disadvantages. Let’s take a look at some of the most important differences between overdentures and other types of teeth-replacement methods:

Advantages

  • Overdentures help prevent jawbone loss, maintaining the shape of your face

  • They provide you with a more natural transfer of your bite force compared to conventional dentures

  • Increased comfort and hold compared to conventional dentures for better eating and speaking

  • More affordable than implants

  • Can be easily cleaned.

Disadvantages

  • As opposed to dental implants, overdentures need to be removed and cleaned after every meal and before bedtime

  • The procedure can take several months

  • More expensive than conventional dentures in the short run

  • Only works for patients with no extensive bone atrophy

  • May be prone to infection and inflammation without proper care.

Frequently Asked Questions About Overdentures

Interested in learning more about overdentures? Fixodent has got your back! Below, you’ll find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about overdentures:

How much do overdentures cost?

The cost of making overdentures can vary based on the dental specialist you use, the amount of implants you may need, and the materials used to create the overdentures. One overdenture (not a pair) can cost up to $25,000.

What is the difference between a denture and an overdenture?

Dentures and overdentures both replace missing teeth; however, there are some notable differences between the two:

  • Standard dentures are affordable, removable, and fit over the bony ridge to improve aesthetics and your ability to eat. There is some bone deterioration with wearing dentures, which can lead to loosening—this can be fixed with relining and repairing.

  • Overdentures are permanent, stable, and don’t dislodge easily, fitting over existing teeth or implants. Since no adhesive is needed, eating is quite comfortable. Overdentures are expensive, but they last long and help retain the jawbone by encouraging bone regeneration.

What are the benefits of overdentures?

Overdentures have many benefits, including:

  • Being a permanent solution for missing teeth

  • More confidence when eating, smiling, and laughing

  • Helping preserve your jawbone

  • Not dislodging like a standard denture

  • Offering a natural appearance

  • Improving oral hygiene.

How long do overdentures last?

Overdentures and their implants can last up to 20 years if cared for with proper hygiene, including keeping the jawbone healthy and strong.

Are Overdentures the Right Solution for You?

While we hope this quick rundown has managed to clear up any confusion you might’ve had with regard to overdentures, it’s important to note that picking the right teeth-replacement solution should be a multistep decision. To that end, before casting the mold, be sure to check in with your dentist or dental specialist to discuss the available options. They will help you answer the most crucial question when it comes to overdentures: Are they actually for you?

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