If you’re in the market for a brand new set of teeth, there are dental implant-supported options that can both restore function and comfort to your smile. Whether you are unsatisfied with your current dentures or are awaiting extraction, both overdentures and hybrid dentures can grant your smile renewed function and appearance.
Regular dentures tend to move around while eating which can impair both your speech and chewing ability. Unlike regular dentures which can be partially stabilized by an adhesive agent, overdentures are supported by dental implants and held in place by a bar and clip.
Along with providing a stronger alternative to regular dentures, implant supported overdentures also help to minimize the loss of bone from your jaws which occurs naturally after tooth extraction. This important reaction is due to the fact that the implants are placed directly into the bone.
Overdentures are removable for cleaning and maintenance.
Hybrid dentures, like overdentures, serve as a more durable alternative to regular dentures. However, whereas overdentures can be removed, hybrid dentures are meant as a permanent fixture in your mouth and can only be removed by your dentist during a regularly scheduled cleaning.
While overdentures do provide a viable alternative to regular dentures, it should also be noted that, along with possessing superior stability, hybrid dentures are less bulky than overdentures. The decrease in bulk allows more room for the tongue but at the same time provides less support for the lips.
Patients often find the hybrid denture more difficult to keep clean than an overdenture.
Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures
Overdentures and hybrid dentures, while sharing a few differences, both serve as functional replacements for your original teeth. They both share the following benefits:
- Help to maintain a greater volume of bone
- Improve chewing ability, which in turn improves digestion
- Minimal impairment of normal speech
- Are fixed in place, thus preventing embarrassment or discomfort
Call today for an appointment!
If you’re tired of dealing with uncomfortable dentures that continuously move in your mouth and make general function difficult, you may want to consider a more durable and reliable solution. Both hybrid dentures and overdentures restore functionality and aesthetics to your smile. Call Steven M. Stanley, DDS
today for a consultation, and we’ll help you determine which option is best for you.