If your dentist has told you that you need dentures, you have many options to choose from. One of these options is overdentures. Below is information on what this is, as well as different types of overdentures available for you.
Traditional dentures can easily slip when you are eating, talking with someone, if you sneeze, etc. You will not have to worry about this if you choose overdentures. This is because these dentures are like a prosthesis for your mouth. The dentures are supported using implants so they will not move and will stay in place in your mouth. This makes these dentures much more comfortable, and you will not have to worry about them slipping or moving at all.
Types of Overdentures
Your dentist will go over the different types of overdentures with you, as well as help you choose what would be best for you. It can still be helpful to learn some of this information on your own.
The dentist may offer implant-supported overdentures. These dentures use four or more implants that are screwed into the jawbone. This will not only keep the dentures stable but your jawbone more stable if you are having problems with this. It can even change the way your jawbone looks and make you look younger in some cases. This type of overdenture requires two surgeries: one to place the implants into your jawbone, and another to implant the prosthetic teeth. Implant-supported overdentures can be removed while you are sleeping or to clean them.
There are also fixed implant overdentures. These implants work like implant-supported overdentures, but the dentist screws the implants in place so the implant cannot be removed. Instead, you treat your new teeth like your regular teeth when it comes to brushing them, flossing, etc. These implants may last a lifetime. If something does go wrong, however, the dentist can unscrew the screws and remove your implants. These implants are generally more expensive than other types.
Bar-retained overdentures are another type. These are also supported by implants. The difference with these is there is a bar that is attached to the implants. You then clip your dentures onto the bar. This works much like traditional dentures where you remove them to clean them, or you can easily clip and unclip them whenever you want. Because they are connected to a bar, however, they are much more stable.
Your dentist can give you information on other types of overdentures that are available. For more information about overdenture solutions, contact a local company.