Overdentures are complete dentures that are partially supported by natural teeth or dental implants. The objective of overdentures is to slow down the resorption of residual ridge which inevitably follows extraction of the teeth. In addition to the support and retention that can be gained from retained roots or implants, overdentures are superior to conventional complete dentures in biting force, chewing efficiency and force discrimination.
Indications for Overdentures
At least on tooth can be retained.
Adequate oral hygiene.
The prognosis for wearing complete dentures is poor.
The remaining teeth would be more severely damaged by other type of treatment.
Advantages of Overdenture
The alveolar bone is retained around the teeth resulting to greater functional stability.
Better chewing efficiency.
Less pressure to denture bearing mucosa.
Disadvantages of Overdenture
Greater cost of the whole treatment, due to preprosthetic treatment, use of attachments and post placement.
Picture of Overdenture
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 Zarb GA et al: Boucher’s Prosthodontic Treatment for Edentulous Patients 11 th ed. Elsevier Mosby 1997
Jesus Lecitona+, DMD, MScD-Prosthodontics