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What Is an Overdenture?

Posted on 10/25/2021 by Dr. Sebastien Murphy
What Is an Overdenture?An overdenture is a type of prosthetic denture. These are specially designed to attach to the remaining teeth on the upper or lower jaw. An overdenture can be used for partial or full dentures and provide an alternative solution if natural teeth no longer exist in that area. This blog post will briefly cover what an overdenture is, what it does, how they work, and who might need this type of dental device. 

What exactly is an overdenture?

An overdenture is a removable partial denture supported by natural teeth, implants, or dental prosthetics (mini dental implants) anywhere in the mouth.
Overdentures, also known as “removable partials,” are constructed to resemble full upper and lower sets of teeth. They consist of artificial teeth attached to gum-colored plastic bases that fit the remaining natural teeth and fill spaces where there is not enough tooth structure for implant-supported crown restoration. Overdentures can be used on both edentulous jaws (no remaining permanent teeth support). Thus providing patients with complete chewing function again; restore comfort for those who suffer from sore jaw muscles supporting loose plate type dentures; aesthetically enhance unsightly smiles after extractions; and replace missing teeth with a natural-looking, stable appliance.

Why would I want one?

Overdentures are great for those who want to replace old metal dental appliances (plate dentures) that once were the only option available years ago! They also work well as an interim treatment until implants become feasible options if patients have no permanent tooth loss or are too young to consider implants. For those who have partial or complete upper and lower jaw bone loss, overdentures are the only option that provides maximum chewing function without wearing a plate-type denture (dental appliance).

Overdentures are a great choice to use as an overall long-term solution, especially for those who have had recent extractions, because it not only supports the remaining teeth but also prevents facial muscle tissue from sagging and going back to square one! For patients with jaw bone loss, overdenture treatment is the only option to provide maximum chewing function and stability.

If you are looking for a way to improve your oral aesthetics, an overdenture may be the perfect solution. If this is something that interests you, please feel free to contact our practice today! We would love to help out in any way we can.

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