Conventional dentures fit comfortably in the beginning.
But as the jawline shrinks, patients become progressively
uncomfortable with their prosthetics. The dentures generally
become unstable or require retrofitting. Persisting with ill-fitting
dentures leads to inflammation and can weaken the underlying tooth structure.
To combat this problem, dentists began to attach the dentures to the
existing teeth. This was found to improve stability and reduce the shrinking of the jawline.
Types of over dentures
An over denture is a complete or a partial denture that sits over your natural tooth structure or dental implants. There are two types of overdentures available:
It is a good option if you have teeth present. In this method, you do not need to undergo the extraction of your teeth. The canine teeth support an over denture in this type.
In this type, implants are placed in the cavity where the canines once were. After this, the dentures are attached using a metal bar or are individually restored using an attachment. The over-denture is supported by canine teeth in this type, as well.
Benefits of over dentures
An over denture is made using acrylic and is removable. It can be fitted for both upper and lower jaw. There are several benefits of overdentures:
- Improved chewing efficiency
- Durable and can be retained for extended periods
- Improved functionality
- Prevent shrinking of the jawline
- Do not get dislodged as they are attached to a base
- Eliminate the need for adhesives
It is essential to maintain sound oral hygiene while using overdentures. It is recommended to remove overdentures at night to avoid any risk of cavities or gum diseases. The regions around the attachments are most vulnerable and should be thoroughly cleaned. Overall, overdentures have a remarkably positive effect on the jaw. Consult with us at Fort Dental Hospital, and we’ll ensure the best set of overdentures for you!