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Traditional Dentures:

Traditional dentures are dentures held in the mouth by nothing other than passive retention. This means that impressions are taken of the mouth (without teeth) and dentures are fabricated precisely to the underlying gum. People who have this type of denture must rely on adhesives or pastes to keep the denture in place throughout the day.

This is especially the case on lower dentures because the ridge of bone and gum on the lower part of your mouth is not as substantial as that on the top, so the denture flops around more. A typical upper denture is usually a little more stable because it utilizes the surface area of your palate to help keep things in place.

Overdenture

This is a denture that is essentially attached to either two dental implants or two mini-implants. You can see how this option helps to stabilize and retain the denture in the mouth. The denture will actually “click” into the two positions. Old dentures (or your existing denture) can usually be retrofit to accommodate this new denture. This is the second-best denture option for long term use. At Atlanta Dental Spa we believe almost all lower dentures should be an overdenture, because otherwise the denture will flop around, making it difficult to speak, eat, and talk.

Implant Dentures

This type of denture technically isn’t a denture at all, it’s more like a fixed bridge. Typically 4 or 6 dental implants are placed on the upper and lower arch. The denture hybrid (implant denture) is fixed to the implants in the mouth. This is the most stable option and does not need to be removed each night. Some other names for this type of denture are “All on 4″ or “Teeth in an Hour.” The advantage to implant supported dentures is that they are the most stable and aesthetic option; they are the best! However, due to their complex nature and the number of dental implants necessary to support them, they are also the most expensive. See the example of the implant dentures (hybrid denture bridge) below. If you need dentures, contact us today!

Do you have dentures that you hate?

Are you finding yourself not eating the same food you used to, not laughing, not smiling, not going out to eat, do your food taste any different? If you answer is yes to any of those questions, we’ve got the solution for you. That solution is called an overdenture. the difference between an overdenture and a traditional denture is that an overdenture is retained in a patient’s mouth using dental implants in the patient’s jawbone.  What this does is it helps stabilizing that denture and really prevents the use of any kind of adhesive or PoliGrip.

Many positive factors that make this better than your traditional denture include the size of the denture is smaller. Imagine an upper denture that Snaps in and stays in only to be removed when you are ready to remove. As compared to regular traditional denture, patients have a world of difference because this denture really stays in place. It’s actually much like a button on a pair of pants, with the denture all Snaped in place and remaining in place until you’re ready to remove it.

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