When patients have missing teeth or get teeth extracted there are options to replace those teeth. Two popular options are dentures and overdentures. While they both help patients improve their quality of life, they have differences to consider.
The Difference Between Dentures and Overdentures
Dentures and overdentures both replace missing teeth but differ in many aspects from costs to the process.
Traditional dentures, also referred to commonly as just dentures, are removable prosthetic devices used to replace missing teeth. They are custom-made for either the upper or lower jaw or both when needed. There are two types of traditional dentures that are commonly used.
- Partial Dentures: Partial dentures are used for patients who only have some teeth missing. The dentures have acrylic or metal clasps that attach to the remaining natural teeth to help keep them in place.
- Complete dentures: Complete dentures are used for patients who are missing all of their teeth on an arch.
Overdentures are implant-supported prosthetics used to replace missing teeth. Implants increase the stability of the overdenture tremendously because they provide excellent retention, stability, and function of the prosthetic. Generally, this option is more costly and time-consuming because they require implants to be placed. Patients must have good bone health in order to benefit from this option.
Schedule an Appointment at Lakeview Dental Care
A dentist at Lakeview Dental Care can help you understand the differences between dentures and overdentures to decide which option is best for you. Give us a call at 1-855-452-5384 or schedule an appointment online at one of our convenient locations!