What are Dentures and Over-dentures? How and Where Are They Used?

Dentures and Over-dentures

If you have problems with loss of teeth, then you can consider dentures & over-dentures as the solution. These are among the most common and easily available ways of getting new sets of teeth, in replacement of the original. The great thing about dentures is that they can look as natural as the original. But first, we will discuss the things you need to know about dentures.

What are Dentures & Over-Dentures

Dentures & over-dentures are not the same, but they are related. Dentures are the more regular and general ones. They are replacement teeth that rest on and are supported by the gums. They are usually made to fit upper teeth because they rest well on the upper jaw. They can also be used on lower teeth, but they won’t be as stable as when they are on the upper jaw. On the other hand, over-dentures are those that are attached to and supported by dental implants. It is also called as implant-supported denture. These are usually use for people with no teeth in the jaw, particularly the lower jaw. However, they can also be used on the upper jaw.

Things To Remember When You Have Dentures

If you have dentures & over-dentures, make sure to remove them daily. Also, clean them thoroughly, not only the replacement teeth, but the gum parts as well. Another thing, you must not sleep with regular dentures or implant-supported dentures on, except of course if yours are fixed or permanent. In line with this, you must consult your dentist if having permanent dentures are good for you or not.

How It Works

To answer this question, let us discuss the answers together with the types of dentures & over-dentures. Generally, the teeth of the dentures are made of acrylic or porcelain which closely resembles natural teeth.  They are attached to the base, or the fake gum which is usually made of acrylic. The types of dentures are bar-retained and ball-retained, which both use implants, at least two, for support.

Bar-retained dentures are supported by a thin metal which follows the contours or configurations of the lower or upper jaw, or both. This metal bar is the one that will be attached to the implants that are already placed in the jawbone. Also, clips are fitted to the denture or the bar. Moreover, the denture is secured into place using attachments.

Ball-retained denture, otherwise known as stud-attachment dentures, is the second type. In this type, a metal attachment is fitted into another attachment. This is held by each implant placed in the jawbone. The implants in this type are generally ball-shaped, which are paired by sockets found on the denture.

What To Expect and Which is Generally Better

Dentures & over-dentures are both effective teeth replacements. However, of the two, the implant-supported is more stable and more recommended. The good thing about over-dentures is that they don’t easily fall out of your mouth or become loose, like a regular denture would. This means that you will be able to swallow and chew foods better without having to worry about possible damage to your dentures. You will also speak well than when you’re using a regular denture. Moreover, you won’t feel any discomfort on the roof of your mouth because they are less covered by over-dentures. Remember that they are not supported by your gum or palate, but by implants.

Now, if you have concerns about dentures & over-dentures, you can always consult East Valley Dental Professionals. Our doors are always open to help and serve patients. We can check you up and give you a new set of teeth. We tailor our services according to your preferences without compromising quality and without posing risks. The health of your teeth and your overall comfort are our priority. Get in touch with us and we will make sure that you’ll soon be able to smile fully and brightly.