What is an overdenture?

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What is an Overdenture and Other Questions

Overdentures can provide extra stability for dentures to help them perform the same way as your natural teeth.  They can help reduce the need for denture adhesives for those who have trouble keeping their dentures in place.

Overdentures can be used in a number of ways.  If you still have your natural teeth (which will help maintain the bone in your jaw) then the overdentures will be cut off at the gum line.  The stumps will be covered by filling material or cast metal copings to help stop them from decaying .

The best way to secure an overdenture is through dental implants. Your Houston dentist can make a full denture and have separate attachments or a bar attachment underneath to lock onto implants in the jaw.

Getting the dental implants can take several months as it needs to attached and the jaw to heal.  Once this is done, then the implant can support the overdenture.

Don’t surprised at the cost. Overdentures can be costly, but they are cheaper than getting a bridge made to fit over dental implants.

 

HOW OFTEN WILL I NEED TO REPLACE OVERDENTURES? 

Overdentures can last over 20 years if you have good oral hygiene and good overall health.  Teeth grinding and smoking can also effect the lifespan of overdentures.   But if you do wear out a part of them, you can possibly get only those implants replaced.  Your dentists will need to evaluate your situation and where the tearing or deterioration has occurred.

ADVANTAGES OVERDENTURES 

  • Overdentures are stable
  • Overdentures feel more like natural teeth compared to dentures.
  • Overdentures can help preserve the bone in your jaw.

 

 

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