What Are Overdentures?

For dental patients who have never been faced with the loss of more than a few natural teeth, their mental image of what a “dental implant” is may be that of a single implant supporting a single tooth. However, one of the most popular types of implant technology involves overdentures, which are full arches of artificial teeth secured to a set of implants by snap-on attachments just above the gum line.

Overdentures can resolve a number of issues if you have previously used traditional dentures to cope with the loss of most or all of your teeth, or need to consider your options at this time.

Advantages Of Implant-Supported Overdentures

  1. Superior stability and reduced slippage compared to traditional dentures. Because overdentures are secured to a implant anchored to your jaw, they are stable within your mouth.
  2. Allows the wearer to eat and speak more confidently. Overdentures don’t cover the palate, reducing speech overdentureschallenges, and the stability from the anchored arches allow users to chew their food more completely. It is also possible for overdenture wearers to eat the crunchy or chewy foods they may have had to give up when they were fitted for traditional dentures.
  3. Eliminates the need for dental adhesives. Overdenture wearers are free of this recurring expense, and the challenges of securing their dentures with the material.
  4. Fights bone loss and facial collapse. Because the implant itself is embedded in your jaw, it fights the resorption that occurs when your natural teeth are no longer attached to the jaw. This can reduce the chance of the “collapse” of the lower third of the face, which is common after a patient experiences significant tooth loss.

“Overdentures, supported by All on Four or other dental implant systems, can provide significant improvements in quality of life for patients who have previously relied on traditional dentures,” says cosmetic dentist Dr. Carol Ford, the founder of Dr. Carol Ford & Associates in central Phoenix. “Call our practice or make an appointment online to consult with us on how this technology could work for you.”

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