An overdenture is a removable dental prosthetic that rests on your gums and is anchored by implants in both the upper and lower jaw. These are most appropriate for those patients who have lost some but not all teeth. 

As overdentures use dental implants, they are much more secure than traditional dentures which are held in place by a glue or adhesive. This improved stability allows for improved chewing abilities. The improved chewing also helps promote bone growth by allowing for natural stimulation. 

There are three different types of overdenture treatment forms:

  • A fixed implant supported overdenture that is secured into the upper and/or lower jaw by means of screw-like dental implants. This form is only removable by a dental professional. 
  • An implant retained, gum supported overdenture that sits directly onto the gums and is held in place by retentive attachments and is removable. This is the most common form of overdenture. 
  • A bar retained implant supported overdenture. A metal bar is connected via dental implants and the removable overdenture is then secured to the bar through attachments found directly on the denture itself. 

Your dentist can help you determine which of these options is best for you. 

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