An over denture is a type of denture covering teeth that are still attached to the gum. The covered teeth could be dental implants or natural teeth. Overdentures are typically supported by the canine teeth, but the state of your canine teeth may change whether the teeth can fully and safely support the load of an overdenture. In some cases, the overdenture cannot be support by the existing natural teeth, and it may be necessary to install dental implants for a firmer hold. We can discuss whether your natural teeth lend themselves to either process.
Over dentures can be implemented in a wide variety of circumstances. Before deciding whether you are a good candidate for overdentures, we will assess current dental and gum health, medical history, and potential risks. It will be necessary to examine whether or not circumstances related to your current dental health will negatively impact the longevity and health of an overdenture implementation.
The Process of Obtaining Overdentures
First, we will need to schedule a consultation to assess which of your teeth have the ability to support an overdenture. Following this, we will need to make sure you do not have any current dental problems as an overdenture may complicate them. If you do not have teeth which can support the overdenture, we will need to discuss the option of dental implants. Often times, dental implants are the best support for an overdenture because of their strength compared to natural teeth.
Some of the benefits of overdentures are improved function compared to traditional dentures. This is because over denture do not require the annual maintenance that traditional dentures require. Another benefit of overdentures compared to traditional dentures are the cost and time associated with implementation. Overdentures can be fitted more quickly than traditional dentures.
The care for overdentures is similar to traditional dentures. First, it is necessary to have good oral hygiene. This means brushing and flossing twice a day with regular visits to our office for cleanings. It also means it is important to take the time to clean your dentures every day so that bacteria does not buildup. Give us a call if you would like more information on overdentures.