Traditional dentures stay in place by forming a seal with the gums. In contrast, overdentures function like implants. Permanent implants in the jaw keep overdentures firmly attached to the gums, removing the need for additional adhesives. Basic dentures often cause irritation and are prone to popping out of the mouth.
2- Ease of eating:
Having more stable overdentures makes actions like speaking and eating easier. Conventional dentures are secured with adhesive, which can occasionally make eating hard foods difficult. Overdentures stay in place more easily, and allow for you to chew food thoroughly. This also helps with your overall digestion.
3- Bone retention:
Missing teeth causes bone loss in the jaw, and without teeth, bone matter shrinks. Overdentures require the installation of titanium implants into the bone. This process (called osseointegration) prevents bone from deteriorating, preserving your facial structure. Basic dentures can accelerate bone loss when chewing, which exerts force on the gums.
4- Natural appearance:
When overdentures prevent bone loss, they also contribute to maintaining your face’s natural appearance. Tooth and bone loss causes sagging, which can drastically alter your face shape. Overdentures are fixed, which prevents embarrassing dislodgement, as can be the case with traditional dentures. Greater security also makes speech feel and sound more natural.
Regular dentures will need replacement over time. As the jaw shifts, you’ll need new dentures to conform to the changing shape. The implants used to secure overdentures, on the other hand, are built to last. Overdentures will last for years with proper care. At best, they can last the rest of your life, saving you the hassle of replacing your dentures every few years.
Providing you take proper care of your overdentures, long-lasting wear makes them more cost-efficient in the long run. Conventional dentures need regular repair or replacement. Purchasing a less costly set of dentures also requires frequent replacement, which can be a financial burden.
7- Promotes better digestion:
Poor fitting dentures are often held in by using adhesives. Overdentures utilize dental implants, so they are more stable than adhesives. Improved stability allows you to chew food more thoroughly, helping your stomach break down food more efficiently, and absorb more nutrients.
8- Slows bone loss by stimulating the bone in your jaw:
Whether your overdenture is retained by remaining natural teeth or by dental implants, it will continue to stimulate your jaw bone when you eat/chew. This stimulation will slow or even stop the resorption (shrinkage) process that is natural when teeth are missing.
9- Helps retain your facial features and structure:
The natural process of resorption (shrinkage) that occurs when you have an unhealthy or under-stimulated jaw as a result of missing teeth can, throughout time, cause the distance between your nose and your chin to shrink. This shrinking can make your face look “sunken-in” and prematurely aged.
10- Dentures worn on the upper and lower jaw are more comfortable:
When your overdentures are retained with implants it fits more securely than one held in with only adhesives. This fit also increases the stability of the overdentures reducing or even eliminating, unnecessary movement during chewing and talking. This lessens the instances of sores and embarrassing dislodgement.