Understanding how the overdenture works


One of the new standards for replacing missing teeth is the dental implant. In addition to using a traditional dental implant to support a dental crown or a bridge, implants are also used in retaining full dentures, allowing patients to replace all the teeth in the dental arch for the best results. An option that is becoming popular is the overdenture, a specialized method designed to use an implant or attachment in the jawbone that supports a conservative denture over the top. This allows for a fixed restoration that is stable, strong, and reliable. Dr. Payam P. Bostani of Dr. Bostani’s Advanced Dental in Burbank, California, can educate patients on overdentures and the two types of attachments used to keep dentures in place–and why they are more reliable than traditional full dentures held in place with denture creams and adhesives.

What types of overdenture attachments are used at Dr. Bostani’s Advanced Dental?

  • ERA attachment overdenture. With the ERA attachment system for overdentures, a metal component is fixed in the mouth, and a nylon piece is anchored to the base of the removable prosthetic. This ensures consistent and reliable retention of the dentures for optimum patient confidence.
  • Ball attachment overdenture. The ball attachment overdenture uses a ball and socket to maintain the dentures in place. It provides higher initial retention, easier cleaning, and a more cost-effective solution for many patients. The components of the ball and socket attachment overdentures are easy to replace if needed.

Which one is right for me?

There are pros and cons with both ball and socket and bar overdentures. Knowing which is best for you starts with consulting with an experienced dentist who can educate you on your specific options and help you decide which treatment is right for your smile. If you live in Burbank, CA, and are curious about your choices for smile restoration, Dr. Payam P. Bostani and his team can assist. Call (818) 918-5533 to request an appointment at the office, conveniently located at 1601 West Burbank Boulevard. He is open to new and returning patients in the community and surrounding areas and offers a wide selection of comprehensive dentistry solutions.