How Do Overdentures Work?

Apr 22, 2024 | Overdentures

How Do Overdentures Work?

If you’re experiencing challenges with missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures, overdentures may offer a superior solution. Unlike traditional dentures that rest solely on your gums, overdentures provide increased stability and a more natural feel, significantly improving your overall quality of life.

This blog post will explain how overdentures work, outline the different types available, and explore the potential benefits they offer for restoring your smile and oral function. We’ll discuss how overdentures can make a real difference in your day-to-day experience.

Overdentures can significantly improve your ability to eat the foods you enjoy, speak clearly without worries, and smile confidently without fear of your dentures slipping. If you’re tired of the limitations of traditional dentures, let’s explore how this can help you reclaim a comfortable, functional, and beautiful smile.

 

Key Takeaways

  • Overdentures offer superior stability compared to traditional dentures, attaching securely to either remaining teeth or dental implants for a comfortable and natural feel.
  • They are available in two main types: tooth-supported and implant-supported, allowing for personalized solutions based on your individual needs.
  • The process of fitting overdentures involves a careful evaluation, possible tooth or implant preparation, detailed measurements, and a trial phase to ensure optimal fit and function.
  • Overdentures provide significant advantages in comfort, chewing ability, speech clarity, and confidence, enhancing your overall quality of life.
  • Beyond aesthetic improvements, overdentures can promote oral health by helping to preserve jawbone density and protecting the remaining natural teeth.

 

How Overdentures Work

Let’s break down the basics of the overdenture function. Unlike traditional dentures, which rely solely on your gums and suction for stability, overdentures anchor to either specially prepared natural teeth or dental implants. This creates a much more secure foundation, resulting in a sturdier hold and greater comfort for you.

  • Tooth-supported overdentures: If you have some healthy teeth remaining, they may be modified to serve as anchors. Your dentist may reduce their size and possibly cap them with special attachments designed to fit into the overdenture.
  • Implant-supported overdentures: Dental implants are small titanium posts surgically placed in your jawbone. They act as artificial tooth roots. Your overdenture will have corresponding attachments that snap securely onto the implants.

With both types of overdentures, you can still easily remove them for cleaning and maintenance, ensuring excellent oral hygiene.

 

Step-by-Step Process of Fitting Overdentures

While the specific steps may vary slightly depending on the type of overdenture you choose, here’s a general overview of what you can expect:

  • Consultation and Evaluation: You’ll begin with a thorough examination with your dentist. They’ll assess your teeth, gums, and jawbone health, taking X-rays or other imaging if needed. Together, you’ll discuss your goals, expectations, and whether overdentures are a suitable option. This is the time to ask questions about the process, potential costs, and long-term care requirements.
  • Tooth Preparation (if needed): If you have remaining teeth that will support a tooth-supported overdenture, those teeth will be adjusted to provide a secure base. This adjustment may involve reshaping, the addition of specialized attachments, or even root canal treatment in some cases.
  • Dental Implants (if needed): For implant-supported overdentures, dental implants will be surgically placed in your jawbone. You’ll then have a healing period of several months while the implants integrate with your bone, providing a solid foundation.
  • Impressions and Measurements: Detailed impressions of your mouth and measurements of your jaw will be taken. These may involve traditional molding materials or advanced digital scanning, depending on your dentist’s practice. This information is essential for creating a customized overdenture that mirrors the unique contours of your mouth.
  • Trial and Adjustment: You may have a trial phase with a preliminary version of your overdenture. This allows you to test the fit, bite, and overall appearance. Your feedback is valuable, enabling your dentist to make any adjustments to ensure optimal comfort and function before the final version is created.
  • Final Fitting: Once your overdenture is fabricated, you’ll have a final fitting. Your dentist will carefully check for any pressure points, ensure a secure but comfortable fit, and confirm that you’re satisfied with both the aesthetics and function of your new smile.
  • Follow-Up and Care: Your dentist will provide thorough instructions on cleaning and maintaining your overdentures, emphasizing the importance of good oral hygiene to protect your remaining teeth or implants. You’ll also schedule regular follow-up visits to monitor your progress, make any necessary adjustments, and ensure your overdenture continues to serve you well.

It is important to note that the process of fitting overdentures can take some time, especially if implants are involved. Your patience and commitment to working closely with your dentist will help ensure the best possible outcome and a smile you’re eager to share with the world.

 

Benefits of Choosing Overdentures

Overdentures offer a range of advantages over traditional dentures, improving both your day-to-day experience and your overall quality of life. Here are some of the key benefits you can expect:

Improved Comfort and Confidence

Stability is a significant advantage of overdentures. Because of their secure attachment to remaining teeth or implants, they won’t slip or shift unexpectedly like traditional dentures sometimes can. This eliminates a major source of discomfort and embarrassment. Additionally, with a solid foundation, overdentures reduce the pressure and irritation often experienced with traditional dentures, significantly increasing comfort levels. You’ll no longer have to worry about your dentures clicking, slipping, or falling out, particularly while speaking or eating in public. This newfound confidence can give your self-esteem a serious boost.

Oral Health Advantages

Overdentures offer oral health benefits as well. Implant-supported overdentures stimulate your jawbone just like natural tooth roots, helping to prevent bone loss that can compromise your facial structure and overall health. Tooth-supported overdentures can also help by distributing biting forces more evenly, decreasing wear and tear on your remaining natural teeth. While maintenance with overdentures does include regular cleanings and examinations, taking care of overdentures themselves is a straightforward process. Removing them for cleaning ensures that all surface areas are easily accessible, simplifying hygiene.

Additional Benefits

Overdentures will also enhance your ability to chew and enjoy a wider range of foods, improving your overall digestion and nutrition. Speak clearly without worrying about slurring or lisping from ill-fitting dentures, and enjoy a beautiful, natural smile with custom-designed overdentures that effortlessly blend with your existing teeth or implants.

Is It Time for a Smile Upgrade?

If you’ve been struggling with the frustrations of regular dentures, or the challenges of missing teeth, overdentures might be the perfect solution to upgrade your smile. Imagine rediscovering the joy of eating your favorite foods without a second thought, speaking confidently in any situation, and smiling with genuine happiness.

While the process of getting overdentures takes some commitment, the long-term benefits to your comfort and well-being can be life-changing. If you’re ready to explore whether overdentures are the right fit for you, don’t hesitate to start the conversation with your dentist. Your dream smile might be closer than you think!

Is It Time for a Smile Upgrade?

If you’re tired of loose dentures that slip, click, or limit what you can eat, it’s time to explore a modern solution. At New Leaf Rohnert Park, we understand the challenges of traditional dentures and offer advanced overdenture options to restore both your function and your confidence. Imagine laughing with friends, enjoying a delicious meal, and speaking without a second thought about your smile – that’s the power of overdentures.

Our compassionate dental team will guide you through every step, answering your questions and creating a personalized plan to transform your oral health. Let’s start designing your comfortable, secure, and natural-looking new smile.

Request an Appointment today or call us at (707) 586-1549 – we can’t wait to help you smile brighter!

Eddie Kuo, DDS

Eddie Kuo, DDS

Owner @ New Leaf Rohnert Park

Professional Degrees

University of California at Davis – BS in Biological Sciences with emphasis in Neurology, Physiology, Behaviors

University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, Doctorate of Dental Surgery

State University of New York at Buffalo – General Practice Residency at Erie County Medical Center

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