If you want to be able to smile without hesitation, you will find that getting dentures can drastically change your life. Anyone with missing teeth will find that dentures will help them regain their smile power. However, before you decide on the restoration, you need to determine what type of denture best suits your dental needs.
How are Regular Dentures Different than Overdentures?
Regular dentures use an acrylic or plastic base to support a natural-looking prosthesis. To keep regular dentures in place, the gums form a seal with the base, making it possible to easily remove the dentures. However, since standard removable dentures require an adhesive to stay in place, they often are not as secure as overdentures, which can be snapped on to implants. Regular denture wearers may find it hard to chew or speak at times because of problems with fit or slippage.
What are Overdentures?
Overdentures are used with implants, and therefore are considered a better option to regular dentures, as they provide more stability. You do not have to mess with denture adhesives as implants are used to attach the dentures. The implants used with overdentures preserve the jawbone's integrity and also make it easier for the denture wearer to chew or speak. Usually, only two implants are needed to attach overdentures, as too many implants can add pressure to the gums. By choosing overdentures, gum irritation is reduced and the teeth look more natural. The only drawback to getting overdentures is dealing with ridge resorption or bone loss. The implants used need to be inserted in a healthy and strong jawbone so overdentures can be worn. If bone loss is a problem, we can perform a bone graft before the implants are placed.
Do you feel you may be a good candidate for overdentures? If so, give us a call today. Speak to our professional staff about your options in this respect. Call us for an appointment and exam now.