Overdentures are dentures that use dental attachments to keep it in place. The attachment can be attached to the tooth roots or on dental implants. Overdentures just look like normal dentures that we usually see. Normally, the bones slope backwards after the teeth are removed and so dentures are used as replacement. But with overdentures, the teeth roots can be saved and will be used as an anchor to the overdenture. With this, bone loss will be prevented and dentures will be stable than the normal dentures.
Before starting the procedure, the abutment will need to be prepared first. This means that a portion of the teeth that is above the gum line will be removed and a root canal procedure will be performed to make sure that no infection will cause problems. This can then be covered with a metal cap to protect the area. Subsequently, your dentist will get impressions of your teeth in preparation of making overdentures. They are made exactly like your natural teeth. The color and the shape of your dentures will depend on your preference.
Making adjustments to your dentures are normal and these problems are just temporary. Once the proper fit is achieved then you can start expecting some few changes in the way you chew and talk. When wearing dentures, you will experience excessive saliva production. There will be times that you feel like you are about to gag. This is because you are not yet used to wearing overdentures. You may also have some issues with speaking and you might feel that your entire mouth is always full. All of these are temporary and will be resolved in a few weeks.
In addition, a telescopic denture is the best choice to use when the jawbone was compromised due to an oral disease. Telescopic denture is a type of overdenture which has two crown systems and has inner and outer metal crowns placed on the natural teeth to look like real teeth. Although the procedure is very reliable, root canal therapy will still be needed and should make sure that the root is strong enough to hold the metal. If you think you need special care during these procedures, explain your hesitations to your dentist about undergoing such treatment. Your dentist will find a way to resolve them. Taking care of your overdentures is the same as taking caring of your your natural teeth.
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