Losing a tooth can happen to anyone and may be caused by things such as accidents or sport activities. After losing a tooth, the next challenging phase would be finding the best option for replacement. There are several tooth replacement options and therefore, finding the perfect one can be a very difficult task. Each of the many tooth replacement options is suitable for different kinds of tooth problems and is effective or ineffective in its own way. When considering the type of tooth replacement option to go for, one particular option, overdentures, or sometimes referred to as implant-retained dentures, is a choice you should consider, especially if you are going for dentures. Here are some of the ways you will benefit from overdentures.
Prevention of Bone Loss
Unlike the conventional dentures, overdentures are supported by titanium dental implants, which integrate into the living bone. This is important because it acts to preserve your jawbone by stopping or slowing down its resorption or shrinkage. On the other hand, if you were to use conventional dentures, you will actually have to be worried about bone loss. This is because when chewing something on these dentures, the constant force on your gums can speed up the bone loss process.
Fewer implants are needed for overdentures. This means that you are likely to spend less on this tooth replacement option, making it ideal for situations where budget or cost is a concern.
Good Aesthetics for Facial and Teeth Profile
If you are looking for desirable facial aesthetics or lip support, overdentures are the ideal option for you. Implant-retained dentures or overdentures can help slow down or even stop the deterioration of the natural contours in your face. Shrinkage or resorption usually naturally occurs in the places where natural teeth have been lost. For this reason, since the overdentures act to keep your bone stimulated and alive, you won't have to worry about shrinkage that normally affects your facial contours.
No Embarrassing Dislodgments
Implants are usually used to secure the overdentures, which means that movement of your teeth will be reduced or eliminated considerably. Besides, adhesives that are used in conventional dentures may not be as strong as titanium implants used in overdentures. For this reason, you don't have to worry about embarrassing moments caused by loose dentures.
Improved Chewing Functions
Conventional dentures can affect the type of food you eat, and if you love chewy and hard foods, you may be disadvantaged. Implant-retained dentures, because of the secure or firm fitting of the teeth, can help you chew on such foods more completely.