Dentures are removable dental appliances that help resolve issues such as missing teeth, gapped or chipped teeth. If you are unhappy with your smile and want to alter it, dentures are best for you. When a person loses a tooth, their jawbone changes shape and shrinks over time. This makes it difficult for a denture to fit comfortably. To help resolve this issue, dentists found that if they attach the denture to the remaining teeth in the mouth or to dental implants, they could be more stable. Overdentures are such appliances that make it possible. An overdenture is a complete or partial denture that sits on the top or is attached to dental implants.
Overdentures can prevent the jawbone from shrinking and puts pressure in the mouth that helps the dentures to stay stable. They may be useful for patients with conditions such as:
- Oligodontia: absence of more than six teeth in primary, permanent or both type of teeth
- Cleidocranial dysostosis: abnormal development of bones in the skull
- Cleft palate
- Class iii occlusion
As compare to conventional dentures, overdentures provide improved functionality and retention. Whereas the traditional dentures may become unstable over time a require refitting. Overdentures that are made from acrylic help in preserving the surrounding bone and last longer. Last but not least, just like other dentures, overdentures are also removable.
You should follow a good oral hygiene routine to avoid the development of decay and gum disease. Remove the dentures at night and soak them in clean water or denture cleaning solution. Follow the advice of your dentist and go for regular checkups to make sure your gums and appliance remain healthy.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call Brookshire Smile Dental at 281-934-1010. We would be more than happy to help you.