An overdenture is a removable dental prosthetic that rests on your gums and is anchored by implants in either the upper or lower jaw.
As overdentures use dental implants, they are much more secure than traditional dentures which are held in place by a glue or adhesive. This improved stability allows for improved chewing abilities and smile confidence.
There are two different types of overdenture treatment forms:
- A “locator-attached” overdenture is an implant retained, gum supported overdenture that sits directly onto the gums and is held in place by retentive attachments on your dental implants. This is removable and will be taken in and out of the mouth to be cleaned. This is the most common form of overdenture.
- A “bar-retained” implant supported overdenture. A metal bar is connected via dental implants and the removable overdenture is then secured to the bar through attachments found directly on the denture itself.
Your dentist and periodontist can help you determine which of these options is best for you.