Many people who have dentures simply avoid wearing them because they tend to slip very easily, causing embarrassment and creating difficulty during eating and speech. To overcome these problems associated with the conventional dentures, Lifeworks Dental offers overdentures, which are an aesthetic, convenient and cost-effective alternative to the conventional dentures.
What are Overdentures?
An overdenture is any removable, partial or complete denture which rests over, and gains its support and retention from one or more natural teeth, prepared roots of natural teeth, or artificial roots in the form of dental implants. These roots or implants provided extended retention to the dentures, and also improve the chewing and speech efficiency. Other names for overdentures include overlays, hybrid prosthesis, telescopic or tooth-supported dentures.
What are the Types of Overdentures?
Based on the structures which support an overdenture, they are divided into two types:
Implant-supported Overdentures – if a patient does not have any remaining natural teeth, we can still give them overdentures by using a minimum of four implants, two at the front and two at the back. This type of prosthesis is known as an all-on-four implant supported overdenture.
Who Can Benefit from Overdentures?
Generally, anyone who is seeking a reliable and convenient replacement option for missing teeth can benefit from overdentures. A few situations in which overdentures may be ideal are:
How is Overdentures Prepared?
The method of fabrication of overdentures at Lifeworks is divided into two phases. In the first, either the existing teeth are prepared or implants are inserted into the jaw bone to serve as artificial roots. The natural teeth first undergo root canals, and then their crown is removed to the root level. In case dental implants are used, the surgical site of implant placement is then left undisturbed for about 6 months to allow healing to take place.
During the next phase, a denture is prepared in a conventional manner by making an impression of the jaw bone and the prepared teeth. However, in case of implant-supported dentures, an attachment mechanism is added to the inner surface of the denture which engages with the implant and keeps the denture firmly in place.
What are the Benefits of Overdentures?
Are you having difficulty in choosing between conventional dentures and overdentures? The following benefits of overdentures will help you in reaching a decision:
Say hello to a new world of convenience and comfort with the overdentures. Visit us today at Lifeworks Dental for a consultation and let us give you a brand new and lasting smile! It’s time to say goodbye to your old dentures!