An overdenture is a removable prosthesis that covers and rests on remaining natural teeth or dental implants. Many dental professionals agree that an overdenture is one of the most practical measures used in preventive dental care because it delays tooth and bone loss. Reliant Family Dental can provide the treatment you need to restore your bite and appearance with comfortable and natural-looking overdentures.
Types of Overdentures
There are two main types of overdentures: tooth-supported and implant-supported.
Tooth-supported overdentures rely on natural tooth structures to hold the prosthesis. The dentist will contour or reshape the tooth structure above the gum to ensure a precise fit and healthy bite. The dentist may also need to perform root canal therapy to remove the nerve-containing tooth pulp, but this depends on the patient. Retaining natural teeth in the jaw––more specifically, natural tooth roots––help preserve the bone and reduce bone resorption that occurs due to tooth loss.
Implant-supported overdentures are common for edentulous patients with sufficient bone density in the jaws to support the prosthesis. This overdenture has support from the dental implants and intraoral tissues, providing a stronger foundation for the artificial teeth and reducing bone resorption.
Implant overdentures are more stable and snug than dentures held in place by adhesives or suction. Not only do overdentures improve your appearance, but they improve your ability to eat and speak without slipping or shifting. Overdentures are also less likely to cause mouth sores than conventional dentures.
Comfortable and Lifelike Overdentures in Evansville, IN
Reliant Family Dental is your go-to place for high-quality, natural-looking overdentures in Evansville, IN. If you have missing teeth or want to learn more about tooth replacement options, please call us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chris Meunier.