Dentures versus Overdentures

Dentures versus Overdentures
If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, your dentist can suggest several options for replacing them. With so many unique solutions available for restorations, it certainly is a bit confusing trying to identify the differences between them. Major tooth loss is in an arch is still treated conceptually with dentures, but there is now an updated version of a restoration called an overdenture that integrates the latest dental implant technology. The following are a few comparisons between traditional dentures and overdentures to help you understand and make an informed choice.
Dentures and Overdentures Comparisons
Traditional and conventional dentures are artificial crowns placed in a gum-colored acrylic tray. This tray simply rests on your gums and is held in place with dental adhesive. Overdentures might look like traditional dentures, but now they are secured in your mouth by attaching to tiny titanium implants that have been surgically placed in your jawbone. Because they attach to these dental implants, or artificial roots, the overdentures are far more secure and stable.
One of the primary benefits of overdentures is a far more natural eating experience. Traditional dentures often inhibit your ability to taste food with the tray covering the taste buds in the roof of your mouth. Overdentures will not cover your palate. Foods you would have had to reconsider because of unstable conventional dentures, like something hard, can now be chewed and eaten with stable overdentures.
Speaking and talking is also much easier and more natural with the secured overdentures. Your speech will be clearer, which can often be muffled or lisped with traditional dentures.
Regarding your overall oral health and an unseen benefit, overdentures provide the huge advantage of maintaining your jawbone density. The overdentures constantly transfer the forces of biting and chewing, through the dental implants functioning as artificial roots, into your jawbone. Receiving these regular sensations preserves the integrity of your jawbone, preventing the bone from atrophying, and losing mass.
This natural shrinking of the jawbone, called resorption, occurs often with conventional dentures because there is no physical connection between the denture and the jawbone informing the bone it is still being used. Jawbone resorption is then what causes the traditional dentures to stop fitting well, requiring regular adjustments, and will also lead to your face looking more aged as the bone structure diminishes.
One advantage of conventional dentures is they are initially more affordable than overdentures, because there is no surgical procedure to place implants. Over an extended time, the adjustments associated with traditional dentures will add up. Overdentures are far less likely to have any problems, so the initial investment will save you expenses in the future and will also do a better job with your overall oral health.
Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures
Whichever version of implant supported dentures you choose will deliver immediate benefits. A secure, stable, and comfortable fit, improvements to your tasting enjoyment, the self-confidence from speaking and talking normally, the ability to enjoy favorite foods again, and the preservation of jawbone integrity are among the primary benefits of implant supported dentures. Conventional dentures will provide you with a restoration solution, but why not consider investing in a successful restoration that will provide you with so many healthy benefits for decades.