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Everything You Need To Know About Overdentures

July 30, 2022

Missing a number of teeth and wondering which tooth replacement method may be the best fit for you? We have a range of reliable treatments for you to choose from at Melton Dental, one of the most popular being overdentures. Here’s everything you need to know about this treatment before you make your decision:

What are overdentures?

Overdentures are a combination of two well-known tooth replacement methods, dental implants and dentures. This treatment works by securely attaching a set of removable, artificial teeth to your gums using dental implants. This means that overdentures tackle the biggest problem individuals face with dentures, which is that they tend to move around or are bit more cumbersome to wear.  Since secured in place with implants AND removable, this makes for a more convenient, long-term option for individuals.

Are you an eligible candidate?

In order to be an eligible candidate for overdentures you would ideally have most, if not all, your teeth missing. Since we use dental implants for this treatment, you need to have a healthy amount of jaw bone to successfully insert and fuse the implants to the bone. If you lack the appropriate bone density, we can offer a bone graft. 3D imaging will be used to verify this while also checking if you have any infection present. All infections and gum disease must be treated before proceeding.

What is the process for overdentures?

You’ll begin with an initial consultation where our dentist will carry out a thorough evaluation of your oral health and a 3D x-ray to determine if you’re eligible for overdentures. After treating any existing infection, 3D imaging will once again be used to determine the exact size, shape and placement of your prosthetic teeth and implants. At your next appointment, the dental implants will be placed, which can take up to 3 months to heal (during which they will be covered with a healing cap). Once healed, you will come in for your next appointment to place the dentures.

Maintaining your overdentures

Any dental treatment requires a little after care and maintenance, and your overdentures are no different! We recommend sticking to soft foods in the first week post-surgery, and gradually shifting back to your normal diet going forward. Since your prosthetic teeth are up to ten times softer than your natural teeth, you’ll have to use special denture cleaners that are low abrasive in nature to clean your dentures.

Want to know more about overdentures? Simple call our dental team at Melton Dental for more information!