An overdenture is similar to a conventional denture except that it has attachments underneath that give better retention via dental implants. Overdentures can be made to fit over implants or in some cases, an overdenture is made to fit over your own natural roots that are left in the bone to anchor support for the denture. Natural teeth will be shaped to fit under the overdenture. In some cases root canal treatment may be needed so the teeth are not sensitive. The teeth are then covered with metal castings that fit into the overdenture.
A complete denture replaces all the natural teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. An impression of your present teeth is taken and a tooth color is chosen, the impression is sent to the lab to make your denture. At your next visit the teeth are extracted and your new denture is inserted. There will be some swelling, but placing the denture keeps the swelling down. You will return for adjustments as needed. A reline will need to be done three to six months after.
Partial dentures replace the teeth that are missing and sometimes can be supported by the remaining teeth. If there are gaps between your teeth, then your other teeth may move or take up space, so you could end up with crooked or tilted teeth. This can affect the way you bite and could damage your teeth. A partial denture may be fastened to your natural teeth with metal clasps or precision attachments or in combination with dental implants for retention.
Richard B Waghalter, D.D.S Healthy Smiles of Houston 5959 West Loop South, Suite 640 Bellaire, TX 77401
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