Like complete fixed bridges, removable overdentures are another option for replacing a whole arch or both arches of teeth. They are a modern alternative to traditional dentures that provide all the same benefits as other implant-supported restorations. If you are missing most or all of your teeth and are considering overdentures, our Prosthodontic professionals at Central Dental Specialists are here to help.
How Do Overdentures Work?
Sometimes called snap-on dentures, overdentures are a type of replacement teeth that attach to dental implants via a snapping mechanism. The mechanism ensures that the dentures securely stay in place in your jaw without slipping, and also allows for easy removal.
Since removable overdentures are supported by dental implants, this treatment option requires surgery. One arch of overdentures is supported by six to eight implants, which are titanium posts that are inserted in the jaw to form a foundation for the replacement teeth. Healing from the implant placement can take several months, as the implants need to fuse with your jawbone. Once the implants have healed, we are ready to attach your custom set of overdentures to the implant posts.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Removable Overdentures?
Scheduling a consultation with our team is the best way to find out if you are a good candidate for overdentures. In general, anyone missing a full arch or both arches of teeth can potentially be suited for overdentures. Patients should be in good overall health since overdenture restoration requires surgery to place the implants. Even if you have significant bone deterioration in your jaw, overdentures could still be a good option for you since they provide support to your jawbone and facial structure.
Benefits of Overdentures
Like other implant-supported restorations, overdentures use porcelain prosthetics that have an incredibly natural appearance. The dental implants stimulate your jawbone, preserving jaw structure and preventing bone loss. With overdentures, you are able to speak, chew, and eat comfortably. Overdentures provide facial support, reducing skin sagging that leads to wrinkles. Overdentures are also less expensive than other restorative treatments like the increasingly popular all-on-4 method.
There are also many benefits of overdentures compared to traditional dentures, especially when it comes to comfort and maintenance. The snapping mechanism keeps the overdentures firmly in place and eliminates the need for adhesive products that traditional dentures require. Cleaning overdentures is also far simpler, as you can care for them as you would your own natural teeth. And while traditional dentures create pressure on your gums, which can lead to painful gum sores, the implants in the overdenture restoration take away that pressure.
How Long Do Overdentures Last?
Removable overdentures need to be properly maintained to ensure their full comfort and functionality. The repeated snapping and unsnapping of the attachment mechanism eventually causes wear and tear that can affect fit. For most patients, the attachment needs to be replaced every year to eighteen months, but the replacement can be done at a routine dental visit. Additionally, overdentures should be refitted every few years to maintain the best possible fit.
For more information and to find out if removable overdentures are right for you, call Central Dental Specialists at (781) 438-6618 today.