What is an overdenture for Knoxville residents?
Many things can cause the loss of natural teeth including periodontal disease and trauma. While the idea of losing teeth is devastating for many, most patients are reassured when they learn about the wide variety of options available for replacing missing teeth. There are several treatments such as dental implants, partial and full dentures, and fixed dental bridges. Determining the restoration right for a patient is done with proper education and a full examination with Dr. Foncea of Knoxville’s Sequoyah Dental Arts.
When patients are missing an entire arch of teeth, the most economical restoration may be that of a denture. With traditional dentures, patients will usually use dental adhesives to keep them in place. However, this can still be troublesome, and dentures can still slip, slide, and fall out. This can be frustrating for denture wearers, and they will often ask their dentist about a solution to this problem. Patients may learn that overdentures are a wonderful solution, as they use a combination of full cosmetic dentures and dental implants to restore the smile and they offer strong support. Overdentures are restorations that replace all the teeth on the top or bottom. They are similar to conventional cosmetic dentures, except they are stronger and sturdier.
To prepare a patient for overdentures, he or she will first have a complete examination done with x-rays. This allows Dr. Foncea to determine if a patient has enough bone structure to support several dental implants in the arch. Once the patient is considered a candidate for overdentures, then several dental implants will be placed. These may be mini dental implants or traditional implants. Then the cosmetic dentures are made to fit over the dental implants. This allows them to snap into place and derive strength from the bone. This makes the strongest denture possible, and is a wonderful solution for those concerned about their dentures staying in place.
Dr. Foncea offers overdentures for patients who have experienced natural tooth loss and want the best, most affordable solution. His staff has years of experience with various cosmetic dentures and finds that many patients are extremely satisfied with their overdentures. Call today to schedule a consultation appointment to learn more about the advantages of this cosmetic denture method.
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