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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 16-21

Tooth supported overdenture: A concept overshadowed but not yet forgotten!

1 Department of Prosthodontics, Himachal Dental College, Sundarnagar, Himachal Pradesh, India
2 Department of Prosthodontics, Bharati Vidyapeeth Dental College, Katraj, Dhanakawadi, Pune, Maharashtra, India
3 Prosthodontist, Private Practitioner, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
4 Department of Endodontics, National Dental College and Hospital, Derabassi, Mohali, Chandigarh, India

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DOI: 10.4103/2249-4987.160172

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The concept of conventional tooth-retained overdentures is a simple and cost effective treatment than the implant overdentures. When few firm teeth are present in an otherwise compromised dentition, they can be retained and used as abutments for overdenture fabrication. This helps improve the retention and stability of the final prosthesis significantly. Bone is a dynamic tissue. The extraction of teeth results in the initiation of the bone resorption pattern. However, when tensile stress is received by bone, additional bone formation takes place. Such stresses occur when occlusal forces are transmitted to the alveolar bone by the periodontal ligament. This principle helps preserve bone. The concept of overdentures may not be the elixir, but it is a positive means for delaying the process of complete endentulism and helps in the preservation of bone. To top it all, it gives the patient the satisfaction of having prosthesis with his natural teeth still present. In this article, case reports with three different types of Overdentures are discussed: Overdenture with cast copings with short dowels, O-ring attachments, and a customized bar supported overdenture with copings.

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