What are the Benefits of Overdentures vs. Standard Dentures?

What are the Benefits of Overdentures vs. Standard Dentures?

When most people hear the word, “dentures,” what comes to mind is a removable set of teeth and gums. And while this is correct in the general sense, what may come as a surprise is that conventional dentures are not the only type of dentures available. Overdentures, which are supported by natural teeth or implants, are growing in popularity, mainly because they’re a more comfortable option that also helps to prevent the deterioration of the jawbone. Here’s an overview of the benefits of overdentures vs. standard dentures. 

Partial Dentures

What are standard dentures?

Standard dentures are a fully removable tooth replacement option that can be used to replace a full arch or a full mouth of teeth.  Designed to resemble natural teeth, dentures are typically made with a combination of specialized materials, including acrylic, resin, and porcelain. Dentures are customized to fit into the individual’s mouth, where they are placed after any remaining teeth have been removed. Dentures form a seal with the gums and are an effective, affordable solution for restoring smiles. 


What are the advantages and disadvantages of standard dentures?

Standard dentures have a number of benefits. Of course, they restore smiles and self-confidence, but they have some practical benefits as well. Dentures are one of the most cost-effective tooth replacement options available, and they can be easily removed and cleaned. Today’s dentures are made from lightweight materials, making them both comfortable and attractive. Dentures also help to prevent the sunken look of collapsed facial features, providing the support required to maintain familiar facial contours. 


Standard dentures do have a couple of significant disadvantages. Because they sit on top of the gums, they do not provide any stimulation to the jawbone, which begins to deteriorate once the teeth have been removed.  As the jawbone atrophies, the dentures become loose and can slip around in the mouth, causing embarrassment and self-consciousness. Denture adhesives that are used to keep the dentures from slipping can cause gum irritation and even some medical complications, depending on the ingredients. 


What are overdentures?

Made from similar materials as traditional dentures, overdentures are designed to fit over a structure, which is either the individual’s remaining natural teeth or permanent implants that have been placed in the jaw. The overdentures are clipped into place and can be removed daily for cleaning. The overall appearance of overdentures is more natural than that of conventional dentures. And like standard dentures, overdentures can be used to replace a full arch or a full mouth of missing teeth. 


What are the benefits of overdentures?

The tooth or implant structure supporting overdentures makes them more stable than standard dentures, eliminating the need for certain denture adhesives that are associated with nerve damage, tingling sensations, and other adverse effects. The supporting structures that secure overdentures in place also result in an improved ability to talk and chew, making overdentures a more comfortable option that leads to better nutrition as well.  Another advantage overdentures have over standard dentures is that the teeth or implants that hold them in place provide the pressure and stimulation that prevent jawbone deterioration. Implant-supported overdentures can be easily snapped on and off for superior security and functionality.  In cases where the patient has sufficient jawbone to support natural teeth or dental implants, overdentures are often the preferred choice. 


Standard dentures vs overdentures: which is right for you?

If you’re still unsure about whether to opt for standard dentures or implant-supported dentures, the best thing to do is to consult one of our compassionate dental professionals at University Dental. We’ll take the time to evaluate the condition of your teeth and jawbone, answer your questions, and present you with options that take into consideration your budget, concerns, and preferences.  For more information or to schedule a consultation, give us a call at (619) 582-4224 today.