Patients who have lost many, or all of their teeth can be affected by this loss in multiple ways. Eating and speaking become difficult, and social situations become anxiety-inducing and, often, neglected altogether. Modern dentistry seeks to help patients recoup all the losses associated with tooth loss. Overdentures are one option for replacing your teeth, and regaining your life.
Overdentures are dentures placed over at least two dental implants, or extant teeth. If placed over teeth, the teeth provide the foundation for the overdenture. In this case, there is no extraction required, which can be unnerving to many patients. If placed over implants, they are placed via implanted titanium rods inserted into the jaw bone.
These rods effectively act as very strong roots. The chief complaint associated with traditional dentures is their propensity to move around when speaking and eating. Both placement methods ensure that overdentures are do not slip around when eating or speaking. Overdentures provide a security traditional dentures cannot.
Overdentures are not removable by anyone but a dental clinician, so act more like natural teeth than removable dentures do. They can be cleaned more easily, and food debris will not get stuck between the teeth and the denture. This is a common problem with removable dentures.
Traditional dentures are relatively easy to install, requiring just a few appointments; first, molds of your mouth are taken to be sent to the lab to create your dentures. Then, you see us for your initial fitting. Sometimes adjustments are needed, and another appointment is necessary. From there, as long as your oral hygiene protocol is followed, and you attend your routine appointments with us, it should be smooth sailing!
Overdentures require a long treatment period. If your overdentures are installed atop dental implants, the healing period can take several months or, potentially, longer. The healing process varies from person to person. If you are considering overdentures as an option, give us a call today to discuss your options!
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