If you haven’t completely lost all of your teeth yet and still have some remaining natural teeth, roots of natural teeth, or even dental implants Edmonton dentist, an option available for you is to get overdentures. Overdentures are removable partial dentures or complete dentures that cover and rest on one or more remaining natural teeth. The remaining natural teeth or dental implants are going to be the ones supporting the denture – so it can be either tooth-supported or implant-supported. It is considered preventative dental care because it prevents the accelerated rate of bone resorption, helps in the preservation of alveolar bone, and delays the process of edentulism (toothlessness).
An abutment, in dentistry, is used in the context of a tooth or teeth on either side of a missing tooth that supports a fixed bridge or removable partial. In short, it is a connecting element. Overdentures, according to abutment preparation, can either be tooth-supported or implant-supported.
For patients who still have remaining natural teeth, overdentures may be a good option. In this instance, overdentures are commonly supported by canine teeth. Before proceeding, the remaining teeth that are going to be used as abutments undergo root canal treatment Edmonton dentist and are then connected with a metal bar or kept individually with an attachment placed on them that fits the base of the overdenture. The retention of the remaining natural teeth in the jaw helps preserve bone by delaying the process of bone resorption in the jaw.
There are a few factors to consider when selecting the abutment teeth, namely:
Using dental implants to support overdentures instead of natural teeth is considered to be more cost-effective. The implants will be placed in the area where the canines used to be and then they can be connected with a metal bar or be individually restored with an attachment that fits into the overdenture. To proceed with this procedure, the gums around the teeth must be relatively healthy for an overdenture to not cause any further problems.
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