What You Need to Know About Over-dentures

What You Need to Know About Over-dentures

March 10, 2020 12:19 pm Published by

You probably can name somebody who has lost some or all of their teeth and had to go for a denture. A device commonly associated with older age patients, dentures are removable, prosthetic dental appliances designed to replace some or all missing tooth on the dental arch with the support of surrounding tissue in the oral cavity. Overdentures are considered a more advanced appliance which Drs. Nicolas & Asp have put together this guide to tell you all you need to learn about it.

  • To start with, what is an overdenture?

When an individual loses teeth, their jawbones remodel and shrink over time, which can make it difficult for conventional dentures to fit comfortably which means that the patient would need to get several adjustments done.

Dentists have found that attaching the cosmetic denture to remaining teeth in the mouth or implants gives it better stability in the mouth and prevents the need for readjustments– this appliance is called an “overdenture.”

  • How is an overdenture done?

There are two types of overdentures: Tooth-Supported Overdentures and Implant-Supported Overdentures. If the patient has remaining teeth, tooth-supported overdentures are often a suitable option because they may not need tooth extraction procedures that can be a nuisance for many.

Overdentures are usually attached to canine teeth – the slightly pointed teeth that rest on each side of the incisors. First, the canine teeth undergo root canal treatment, and are then connected via a metal bar or an attachment that fits into the overdenture base is used. This can be done with both the upper and lower jaws.

For implant-supported overdentures – which can be a more predictable and cost-effective option in some cases, the implantologist will perform a tooth replacement procedure by placing implants where the canines used to be. The prosthodontist will then use the implants to support the overdenture either with a metal bar, or an attachment that fits into the appliance.

In the case of implant-supported overdentures, both an implantologist and prosthodontist need to work together to create an overdenture that fits comfortably and is well-supported by the implants. At Drs. Nicolas & Asp clinics, our highly qualified implantologists and prosthodontist will ensure that you receive unparalleled quality and care throughout the process.

  • Who should get an overdenture?

Overdentures are a convenient option for patients who have lost their teeth due to age-inflicted causes or other reasons. Unlike cosmetic dentures, attaching the overdenture either to natural teeth or implants prevents the need for re-adjustments later on.

Make sure to consult our team of best dentists in Dubai to find out about all your treatment options, as well as receive guidance and agree on a treatment plan.

  • How to care for your overdenture?

After having overdentures done, a thorough oral hygiene routine should be maintained in order to avoid developing cavities and gum disease. Dentures should be removed at night, with proper cleaning around the attachments.

Consult your best dentist in Dubai to learn about how often you should visit them after getting the overdentures done, as you may need regular check-ups and professional hygiene appointments to make sure that the gums remain healthy and that the appliance remains a good fit.

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