The overdenture is a treatment to replace missing teeth by means of artificial teeth-bearing oral appliances that cover fixed elements, anchored to root remains, teeth or implants, in which the retention elements are located. It allows the recovery of chewing, speech and aesthetics in a similar way to the complete prosthesis, although with greater security, since they give greater confidence and security thanks to its better retention.
The overdenture is not suitable for grinding very hard foods.
Over time, the bone on which prosthetic devices rest changes shape, which will loosen them and may cause discomfort or ulcerations that require adaptation by the dentist, and replacement, after a variable time, with new ones.
In addition, the fixed part that sits on the roots is very delicate, requiring very careful hygiene and periodic check-up and maintenance visits at the dentist. In addition, sometimes there can be a burst in the roots or irrecoverable failures of the root canals, which force their extraction.
The first few days, try to close your mouth and chew carefully, so as not to bite yourself and not overload your gums.
For the same reason, you should initially chew soft, non-sticky foods gently, gradually moving on to eating more consistent products.
To treat bite wounds (generally very painful), you can use soothing and healing mouthwashes, ointments or gels, on which your dentist will advise you.
If you have intense pain when biting, or injuries appear, go immediately to the dentist’s office, so that he can make the pertinent relief in your prostheses and prescribe, where appropriate, soothing and healing mouthwashes, ointments or gels or use adhesives in this type of prosthesis.
Avoid, when handling them, that your prostheses fall to the ground, as they can fracture, especially if it is inferior.
Whenever a discomfort appears in the gums, or in your teeth, you should go to a consultation, although at first, as these discomforts are normal, you can wait four or five days. If after this time they have not disappeared, or if they worsen as the days go by, you should go to the dentist. You should go to the dentist whenever you detect any anomaly, and especially if your gums bleed when brushing, or the fastening mechanisms loosen.
If a problem arises, do not try to solve it yourself: See your dentist. The gums, over time, undergo modifications and with this mismatches occur in the prostheses that must be corrected by the dentist. Among the adaptive corrections that must be made from time to time (variable, depending on the case), are the relines, which consist of filling with resin (plastic). The areas of the prostheses that have lost contact with the mucous membranes, to improve adhesion. For this reason, routine check-ups with the dentist or stomatologist should be carried out every six months.
Don’t let anyone but your dentist fit your dentures. As a physician who has prescribed them, he is the only one who can do so.