Traditional removable dentures are placed on the gums. They are made to fit either the upper or lower arch. This type of denture has been the gold standard for replacing teeth completely missing from the arch. Implant overdentures are dentures which are supported by dental implants. There are significant differences between the two.
Overdentures have snaps that snap on to the implants in the jaw. Some overdentures have locks that lock the denture in place. This secure attachment prevents the denture from moving. There is no slipping or dislodging with implant supported dentures. But, you can easily remove them for cleaning on a daily basis. As with regular dentures, you should also clean your gums to keep them healthy.
Traditional dentures cannot be depended on to stay put. Denture wearers often resort to adhesive pastes or powders to help the dentures stay in place. As the day wears on, these adhesives lose their sticking power, and the dentures may become loose. This can affect your speech and make eating some foods difficult. Another drawback to traditional dentures is that food debris and tiny seeds can work their way under the dentures, causing discomfort.
Overdentures provide stability, unlike traditional dentures. There is no need for adhesives, and you will not worry about your dentures slipping out of place or falling. Overdentures stay put, so there is not a clacking noise when you speak, which can happen with regular dentures.
Implant Retained Dentures
There is a difference between implant supported dentures and implant retained dentures. Implant retained dentures use the gums to support the dentures as opposed to the implants. More implants are used for implant supported dentures. In some cases, mini implants can be used for implant retained dentures.
Implant retained dentures need to be removed and cleaned daily, and sleeping in them is not recommended. Patients with this type of denture will need to avoid hard-to-chew foods like steak. This type of denture is a good choice for someone who has been eating softer foods as their regular diet.
Cost-Effective Alternative to Traditional Implants
Implant supported dentures are more expensive than implant retained dentures. There are some trade-offs. However, most patients have a high level of satisfaction, regardless of the type of implant denture they choose. Your dentist will examine your mouth and jaw bone and make a recommendation as to which type of denture would best suit your needs.
For more information about implant supported dentures and implant retained dentures, contact the experts at Ora Dental Implant Studio. Schedule your appointment for an exam and consultation. A beautifully secure smile awaits you.