For the past ten years, I’ve had my teeth examined and cleaned at the dental school. Although I haven’t been consistent with getting a cleaning every year, the dental school is my first option. It’s no fault of theirs, but I have lost several teeth. During my last visit, I learned that I have advanced gum disease. The dentist spoke with me and so did one of the hygiene students. The student mentioned that instead of getting all of my teeth extracted that I should consider overdentures. Whatever kind of dentures I need will not be provided by the dental school. Now I want to switch to a dental practice. I’m not satisfied with the hygiene student’s explanation. Can you give me some clarity on overdentures? – Carlo
Carlo – The term overdenture is used to describe dentures in a variety of situations.
1. General Overdentures
A denture is made to fit over your remaining natural teeth. Your tooth roots will be kept intact, and the surface of the tooth above your gumline will be shaved down. The remaining tooth roots will continue to stimulate your jawbone and help prevent shrinkage.
2. Implant Overdentures
Implant overdentures are dentures supported by dental implants that are placed in your jawbone. After a healing period, your dentist will attach the denture to the implants.
Snap-on dentures, All-On-4 dental implants, and implant-retained dentures types of implant overdentures. What’s the difference?
- Snap-on denture – Two dental implants are used to support a denture. The denture base snaps onto the implants. A bar can be placed over the implant fixtures to increase stability.
- All-On-4 implants – Four dental implants are placed. The two implants closest to the back of your mouth are angled to increase contact with the bone. This technique was designed for patients who have begun to experience bone shrinkage.
- Implant-retained dentures – This term refers to dentures that are supported by dental implants. It can include snap-on dentures, All-On-4 implants, and other methods used to stabilize dentures.
3. Implant Overdentures Improve Your Experience
Implant overdentures improve your experience with dentures and your quality of life.
- Increase the comfort and efficiency of your dentures. You will find it easy to eat, speak, and smile with confidence.
- Provide stability. You won’t have to worry about your dentures lifting, slipping around in your mouth, or falling out.
- Stimulate jawbone. The more dental implants you have, the wider the area of bone stimulate. Intact jawbone will support your facial muscles and help prevent premature sagging.
Before you select a particular type of implant overdenture, consult with an experienced implant dentist. Your research in finding a highly qualified provider will help avoid costly implant mistakes and ensure you receive successful results.
This post is sponsored by Philadelphia, PA dentist Dr. Michael Weiss.