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Chad M. Boustany D.D.S., M.S.

Overdentures
Charleston, West Virginia


3D rendering of overdentures in a mouth at Revive Dental and Implant Center in Charleston, West VirginiaThere are several reasons why you might lose your teeth, gum disease, and facial trauma among some of the most common. Regardless of what causes your tooth loss, you are then faced with several problems. Moreover, the effects only get worse, the more teeth you lose. At Revive Dental and Implant Center, we offer several options for replacing missing teeth. One option available to those missing all teeth from a single arch is known as overdentures.

Traditional Dentures


For a long time, the only solution for replacing an entire arch of teeth has been a traditional denture. It is still a common treatment even today. The denture is a removable restoration. A base, which is supported by the gums, holds prosthetic teeth.

Despite many improvements, there are still some significant disadvantages associated with the traditional denture. The restoration is not fixed, and can, therefore, slip out of its position or fall out completely, causing rather embarrassing situations. The rigid base can rub your gums, leading to the formation of painful sores. Additionally, dentures do not do anything to stop bone loss. Nor does the rigid base change with the bone. Because of this, it becomes necessary to have your denture replaced periodically to ensure an optimal fit at all times.

An Alternative to Dentures


Dental implants offer an alternative to a traditional removable denture. Implants involve the use of small posts made of titanium that are implanted into your jawbone. As you heal, the bone grows and attaches to the posts, fixing them in your jaw. They essentially become a permanent part of the bone. Implants can provide an option for many different tooth loss situations. In addition to replacing teeth, they can also be used as a treatment to provide stability for a traditional denture.

Replacing Teeth with Overdentures


A denture in the lower jaw is more susceptible to slipping or falling out. An overdenture provides a solution to this problem. This treatment involves the use of fixed dental implants, but the teeth themselves are removable. Overdentures may be recommended if your jaw is too weak for a complete fixed bridge and uses only four titanium posts. After the posts are placed into your jawbone, a titanium bar is attached to them. Your replacement teeth, which resemble a traditional denture in appearance, then snap or clip into place on the bar. Like a traditional denture, the teeth should be removed each night to be cleaned.

The Benefits of Overdentures


While an overdenture does require surgery, the treatment requires less surgery than a complete fixed bridge. This is because you only need to have four posts implanted. With less surgery, your recovery time is shorter. Overdentures are also a more affordable treatment. There are several factors that contribute to this benefit, including the need for fewer posts, less surgery, and fewer follow up appointments.

Overdentures offer an effective solution for replacing missing teeth for those who are missing an entire arch of teeth, but who may not have enough bone mass in their jaw to support an implant supported denture.

We offer same-day implants and dentures, as the name implies, are made in our office and fitted for your mouth all in one visit! With our in-house laboratory we are able to make your teeth in one day. That means no waiting period, you get to walk out in one day with your new smile. To learn more, call (304) 467-4265 or click to schedule a free consultation now!
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