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What Is An Overdenture?

Posted on 12/15/2023 by Weo Admin
Image of an overdenture, at Delaware Periodontics. If you are missing a lot of teeth, or all of your teeth, it's time to think about dentures. Dentures are an important part of restorative dentistry. There are different kinds of dentures. One type of denture is called an overdenture. If you have never heard the term overdenture, here is some additional information.

About Dentures

Dentures are some of the oldest pieces of restorative dentistry. Royalty in Egypt and China experimented with dentures thousands of years ago with gold and pieces of wood or bone. Dentures have been taking the place of teeth for millennia. Dentures allow you to chew, eat and smile without gaps in your teeth.

How Do Traditional Dentures Work?

Traditional dentures are made of acrylic with prosthetic teeth. They can be made for both your upper and lower teeth. You can remove the dentures at night to sleep. Traditional dentures are fitted to your mouth by using denture paste. You can brush your dentures or soak them to clean them each night.

While dentures are a great solution for many people, other people can't get used to dentures. For some people, dentures may not fit correctly, and they develop blisters or sores in their mouths. Other people report that dentures don't allow them to eat what they want.


Overdentures look much like traditional dentures. However, overdentures are placed in your mouth differently. Overdentures are fixed in your mouth with clips or screws that are implanted in your jaw. Like traditional dentures, you can remove overdentures to clean them or to sleep. However, many people like overdentures because they feel overdentures have a more secure fit than traditional dentures.

Getting overdentures means you'll need to have screws or clips implanted into your jaw before you get your dentures. Your gums will need a little time to heal before you can have overdentures. If you are suffering from serious tooth loss, overdentures may be perfect for you.

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