Dental Tips Blog

Aug
3

What is an Overdenture?

Posted in Dental Implants

An overdenture is simply a dental prosthesis that rests slightly above your gums. It’s usually supported by dental implants, so it puts the bite force directly into your jawbone instead of your gums.

Some overdentures are more like traditional dentures in the way they rest on your gums, but they all provide a more secure bite because of having implants to help hold them in place.

Who Can Have An Overdenture?

People who have minimal bone to support a full classic denture could really use the extra support of implants. Implants give the mouth greater height, which preserves the shape of the smile and the power of your bite.

An overdenture is still removable like any other denture, but it stays in place much better.

Basically, if you’re exhausted from dealing with a regular denture, then an overdenture may be worth your consideration!

Benefits Of Overdentures

In today’s fast-paced society, fewer people want to settle for the hassle and stigma of wearing a traditional denture. Overdentures are gaining in popularity because of these benefits:

  • Can be removed for easy cleaning
  • No more worrying about denture adhesives
  • Hide a high smile line with a tall prosthesis (avoid showing a gap between the denture and your gums)
  • Enjoy having the shape of your original smile
  • Laugh without fear of your teeth slipping!

Is an overdenture right for you? You’ll have to discuss that with your dentist. There are many different ways to replace teeth, especially when dental implants are involved. Careful treatment planning can help you find a solution that matches your lifestyle and smile needs.

Contact your dentist today to schedule a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

Nov
16

What’s an Overdenture?

Posted in Dentures

Do you have a traditional denture? You’re probably thankful that your current partial or full denture allows you to chew and smile without worrying too much about how you look. But what your denture doesn’t do is stay in place on its own.

Sure, maybe it once did stay put quite nicely. But with time, the fit has changed and you find yourself reaching for a messy denture adhesive.

Imagine having a denture that stays in place and doesn’t move over time. Imagine talking a lot, laughing loudly, and chewing freely without dreading that your denture will slip out of place. That’s exactly what an overdenture can do for you.

Changes in Design and Stability

An overdenture is simply a denture that doesn’t rest entirely on your gums. In fact, it takes most of the force directly over a couple of dental implants.

Yes, implant technology makes the difference! With as few as two to four shallow implants placed near the front of your mouth, your lower denture can be stabilized all day long. An overdenture can be made for the upper arch, as well, but it’s not usually needed. The jaw is where bone tends to disappear the quickest. That’s why lower dentures are more prone to lose their fit.

Why Try an Overdenture

An overdenture:

  • Won’t slip or pinch while you chew or talk
  • Is less likely to cause chafing and sores on your gums
  • Won’t put pressure on underlying bone, so it slows down resorption
  • Is easily cleaned every day just like your current denture

Enjoy a newfound confidence by upgrading to an overdenture. Ask your dentist whether or not this option is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

Dec
28

How to Care for Your Removable Overdentures

Posted in Dentures

Your new implant overdentures give you confidence to smile among your friends and eat your favorite foods. Like natural teeth, your new dentures also require special care and maintenance to keep your mouth healthy.

Here are a few things you need to know:

Soak Your Dentures Overnight

Remove your overdenture each night and soak it in a denture solution to remove loose debris and stain particles. This step also helps you keep your oral tissues healthy. Wearing any type of removable denture too long may put you at risk of infection under your prosthesis. Taking it out at night allows your gum tissues to breathe, and is also beneficial to the bone that supports your dental implants.

Use the Right Brush and Cleanser

Abrasive pastes or brushes may cause microscopic scratches over the surface of your new denture. Stick to a soft denture brush that is not used on any other appliances (or your teeth,) and a gentle denture cleansing paste. Stay away from baking soda or other harsh pastes.

You Don’t Need Adhesive

The biggest reason why people choose implant overdentures is because the implants secure the denture in place. That means you never have to use adhesives or pastes under the denture. If something feels loose or not quite right, don’t mask it with denture adhesive. Instead, see your dentist for an adjustment or denture reline if it is needed.

See Your Dentist

Be sure to see your dentist regularly, and make sure to bring your implant overdenture with you. Your dentist can help you keep your dentures clean and fitting properly for many years to come.

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123

Dec
27

What is an Overdenture?

Posted in Dental Implants

If you cross a conventional removable denture with a fixed, permanent dental implant, you get an overdenture.

Overdentures are removable dentures that clasp onto dental implants. They are secured throughout the day by 2 to 6 dental implants, but pop off at night for easy care and maintenance.

Benefits of implant overdentures include:

  • Convenience of a removable denture
  • Stability of dental implants
  • Ability to retrofit your current denture
  • Affordability
  • Improved self confidence

You might consider getting an implant overdenture if your traditional denture rocks or shifts throughout the day. Uncomfortable sores, inability to eat comfortably, or embarrassing speech are all reasons why people consider using implants to secure their denture.

Even your existing denture can be retrofitted to clasp over dental implants. On the underside of your denture, housings are placed to receive the abutment of the dental implant. After implants are placed into your bone, the new or existing denture clips on top of them. Although it’s simple to take out at night, you will still find that the overdenture is very secure throughout the day.

If you aren’t a candidate for traditional fixed dentures and don’t want to be bothered by the instability that some people experience from traditional dentures, then an implant overdenture is an excellent choice.

You should consider getting an overdenture if your existing denture is uncomfortable or it is difficult for you eat or speak with confidence. Overdentures are an affordable option for your oral rehabilitative needs. The affordability of dentures and the reliability of just a few dental implants can change the way you look and feel for years to come! Find out more about implant overdentures by calling your dentist today.

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

Feb
3

Overdentures: What Are They?

Posted in Dental Implants

Did you know that there are different types of dentures that are held in your mouth using different methods? In the perfect world, you would never need adhesives or pastes to secure your denture. It would simply stay in place using suction. For some people that isn’t enough though, and something else is needed to help them keep their dentures secure. Thus, dental implants are introduced and there are two types of implant-supported dentures, one being the overdenture.

Overdentures are removable dentures that can be taken in and out when desired, but they are still anchored onto permanent implant roots. These few implant roots offer just enough security to keep your implant from rocking back and forth throughout the day or coming out of place when you depend on it the most.

For most patients, overdentures can be placed the very same day as your dental implants. They help reduce discomfort and protect the surgical site as it heals, beginning from day one. In return, the implants provide just enough stability to the denture to keep it in place, giving you the results that you need. Overdentures offer more freedom when you want to smile with confidence and enjoy meals with family and friends. When you don’t know where else to turn and need something that will improve your smile along with your quality of life, it’s time to ask your dentist about overdentures.

Your dentist can help you decide whether or not overdentures are an ideal option for you. One of the biggest factors will depend on the health of your jaws and bone levels in the areas where the implants need to be placed.

Posted on behalf of:
Family & Cosmetic Dental Care
2627 Peachtree Pkwy #440
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 888-3384

Mar
8

Dentures: More Options Than Ever

Posted in Dentures

Recent studies show that about one quarter of Americans over age 60 have lost all their teeth. While that is considerably better than a decade or two ago, it means that there is still a need for dentures, particularly among the elderly. Fortunately, the options for dentures are better today than ever before, too.

Modern dentures fall into several categories:

Complete Dentures:  When all the top teeth or all the bottom teeth are missing, complete, dentures are needed.  Complete dentures can be “conventional” or “immediate.” With conventional dentures, all teeth are removed and the full denture is placed in about 10 weeks. But with immediate dentures, the teeth are removed and the full denture is placed right away. With this type of denture, the prosthetic is made ahead of time and typically requires more adjustment than the conventional type once placed.

Partial Dentures: Partial dentures consist of several prosthetic teeth attached to a gum-colored base. They fit in and around existing teeth and serve as a place holder so that natural teeth won’t change position, as they’re prone to do when there are empty spaces in the mouth. Partial dentures attach to existing crowns or bridges.

Overdentures: For the ultimate in convenience, try an overdenture, a partial or full denture that attaches to the mouth with dental implants. The overdenture can be removed easily for cleaning, and requires no messy creams or powders.

Of course, which type of denture you choose totally depends on your individual needs and what you can afford. As a rule of thumb, any type of denture that involves dental implants takes more time to make and costs more. Most insurance companies, however, do see dentures as a necessity and will cover some if not all of the cost of any type you choose.

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