Overdentures

Also known as overlay dentures, overdentures are a set of custom-made replacement teeth supported by remaining natural teeth or small titanium anchors called dental implants that are permanently placed in your upper and lower jaw bone. Overdenture implant therapy is prescribed to patients like yourself who are missing several or all of your teeth, allowing you to regain the quality of life you may have lost along with your teeth.

Advantages of Overdentures

Promotes strong digestion. Increased stability from implant support allows overdentures to fit better and move less. A stable denture results in better chewing, the first step for digestion.

Overdentures create pressure on your jaw when you talk and chew, and these forces promote bone formation. Resorption (shrinkage) of the jaw bone dramatically slows with a continuous function.

Implants secure the overdenture with much more stability than denture adhesive pastes. Eliminating unnecessary movement reduces painful sores from dentures rubbing against your gums.

Implants distribute chewing stresses for balanced, stable function. As a result, your jaw muscles and joints stay comfortable.

Along with the slowing of bone loss, overdentures ensure that your face maintains its natural shape. Faces naturally sink when teeth aren’t present to support the cheeks and lips. Overdentures help erases years from your appearance.

Disadvantages of Overdentures

Good oral hygiene, healthy remaining natural teeth, and the absence of periodontal (gum) diseases are requirements for overdentures.equired to receive overdenture therapy.

Overdentures require healthy underlying teeth for support. Specialized components with additional costs may be needed.

Other appointments may be necessary to complete an overdenture procedure.

Additional steps and contours make overdentures more challenging to fit than traditional full-mouth dentures.

Overdentures permanently cover underlying teeth, so you must practice excellent oral hygiene to keep cavities from damaging the supporting teeth.

The Process of Getting Overdentures

It generally takes 5-7 months to fully install your overdentures (including all consultations, surgeries, and the actual overdenture placement) due to a variety of factors including necessary preliminary procedures (longer time if you need a bone graft, for instance). However, it’s well worth waiting for the end results — plus you’ll get a temporary denture for the interim.

During your first appointment, you will meet with one of our dental specialists who will review your dental history. Our staff will then capture X-Rays, perform a CT (computer tomography) scan of your mouth, and take impressions of your teeth/gums to create the perfect overdenture for your specific dental situation. A temporary denture will be created and given to you, which will also be used as a prototype for your permanent overdentures. That way, we will be able to evaluate the best placement for your implants in addition to gaining an accurate read on how well your dentures will fit.

One month later, we will schedule your first surgical appointment, where your assigned dental professional will place the implants into the jawbone. It is recommended that you avoid putting any unnecessary pressure onto the implants — your temporary denture will be suited to withstand pressure elsewhere on your jaw. After your first procedure, your dentist will wait 3-4 months if implants were inserted into your lower jaw and 5-6 months if they were placed in your upper jaw. This time allows for the bone and implants to bond to one another, providing a steady base for your next procedure day,

At your second surgical appointment (in 3-6 months), your dentist will take another set of X-Rays to determine if the implants are ready to receive caps. Once you are approved to move forward, your dentist will then expose the tops of the implants and place a collar (healing cap) on each head, which serves to guide the healing process of your gums.

Am I A Candidate For Overdentures?

Not everyone is a candidate for overdentures. In order to ensure the longevity of your tooth replacement, you should meet the following requirements:

  • Good oral hygiene — remaining teeth must be kept very clean to avoid rapid decay.
  • Good overall oral health — if there is a high level of dental decay, it will quickly destroy the remaining tooth meant to provide support for your overdenture. Also, the presence of gum disease will destroy the stability of remaining teeth, making the overdenture unstable and uncomfortable.
  • Sturdy remaining teeth — these teeth must be able to be shaped and filed correctly, so there must be enough left over mass devoid of decay or cavities.
  • Good positioning of remaining teeth — there are a certain number of locations that are helpful to supporting an overdenture, if your teeth are not in those positions, you might want to consider a different option.

FAQ

Overdentures

Are overdentures comfortable?

Overdentures are very comfortable and cause no pain or discomfort. They are also very easy to maintain and can be cleaned like normal teeth.

How is an overdenture supported in the mouth?

An overdenture is designed to attach to a supporting structure. They could be supported by natural teeth or dental implants. Overdenture implant therapy is prescribed to patients like yourself who are missing several or all teeth, allowing you to regain the quality of life you may have lost along with your teeth.

How long do overdentures last?

Overdenture attachments begin to wear out due to repeated snapping in and out of the denture prosthesis. A typical replacement schedule for overdentures is every 12 to 18 months.

What is an overdenture?

Overdentures are a set of custom-made replacement teeth supported by remaining natural teeth or small titanium anchors called dental implants that are permanently placed in your upper and lower jaw bone.

Request an Overdenture Consultation Today

Find the right dentist near you to install your overdentures. Request a free consultation by calling us at (347)727-0806 or visiting our appointment request page here. Our Ivy League trained staff of cosmetic dentists will help you choose the right treatment plan for you and our expert treatment plan coordinators will answer any and all questions about dental insurance and payment for your dentures.

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