Overdentures are the perfect transition between having teeth extracted and having implants made and installed. The reason they are the perfect option is because they allow for the remaining teeth that exist in the patient’s mouth to stay while replacing the teeth that may have been or are going to be extracted. Most dental professionals urge the patient to not stop with having this device fitted. They recommend that implants be the next logical step to a permanent solution.
Overdentures are made from a mold taken of the teeth either before any extractions are made or after if they were removed prior to the initial appointment for this procedure. After this is done, the remaining teeth will receive a lot of care in preparation to having these placed in the mouth.
Overdentures will sit on top of teeth so the natural and healthy teeth must have root canals, be cleaned of all disease and decay as well as any tartar or plaque buildup, and then capped. They will then be reduced down with portions of them taken away so that the overdentures will fit firmly on top of them.
It is important to keep the root system of the existing teeth. This type of procedure allows for that while replacing those that are missing. The root system keeps the bone healthy, stimulated, and growing. Once the roots are removed, the bone begins to recede. This can have devastating results for the patient’s overall oral health. By opting for this type of procedure, this allows the bone at least the benefit of the remaining rooted teeth. Later, it is recommended to transition to dental implants which will restore a substitute root system in place of every tooth that has been extracted, and the implant procedure is permanent.