According to the United Nations, the global population aged 65 or older is growing at a significantly faster rate in comparison to any other age group. One in six people will be over the age of 65 by 2050, and parallel to the growth of the geriatric demographic, the demand for overdentures has skyrocketed in recent decades.
An overdenture is defined as a complete or partial removable denture prosthesis supported by mucosa and a few remaining natural teeth that are altered to permit the denture to fit. Overdentures are designed to provide increased support, stability and tactical sensations in comparison to conventional dentures. Additionally, by retaining the natural roots or insertion of dental implants, bone resorption of the jaw ridge is greatly reduced.
Overall, overdentures offer varying benefits for edentulous patients. In comparison to conventional dentures, overdentures offer an improved aesthetic and enhanced quality of life for elderly folks. As an example, patients with dentures supported by implants have increased biting force and experienced significantly less bone loss compared to patients with conventional, complete dentures.
“Decades ago, the first start of the overdenture was the stud type, where ball or socket types were common. However, even if it is damaged due to side effects caused by frequent breakage, silicone or rubber that can be easily replaced has been used in place of balls or sockets,” said Prof. Lee Sung-Bok from the Department of Biomaterials and Prosthodontics at the Kyung Hee University Dental Hospital in Seoul. “However, with the release of semi-permanent overdentures using magnets for many years, elderly patients and patients with hand disorders can easily remove their appliances, resulting in high satisfaction. With a myriad of choices for overdentures available today, it is important that clinicians select the best solution for each individual case.”
According to iData’s report on Overdentures and and Implant Bridges, people with poor dental health are retiring or reaching old age with more income and knowledge of dental restoration options available, which will in turn assist the growth of the overdenture through patient awareness and favorable demographic factors. Furthermore, the marketing efforts of organizations and manufacturers will continue to lead to more patients recognizing the need and value of overdenture solutions.
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