Many of us are unhappy with the appearance of our natural teeth and hope that when we get dentures our concerns can be fixed. In the case of an overbite, we might be able to do something, but if the overbite is too large, more invasive options may have to be considered.
Overbite Is Natural
Of course, it’s important to remember that a slight overbite is natural. It’s the way our teeth develop, partly influenced by the way we eat.
But if your overbite develops too large, it’s not just a cosmetic problem. It can contribute to significant tooth wear and damage because your jaws are not fitting together properly, causing excessive wear on the teeth that are contacting. As a result, people with extreme overbite are more likely to lose teeth and more likely to need dentures.
The Limits of Dentures
Dentures can be designed to correct your overbite to some extent. We can build the denture and angle the teeth in such a way that it significantly reduces the overbite. Most people with overbite will be happy with the results from this approach.
But dentures still have to fit over the ridge in the upper or lower jaw where your teeth used to be. This limits the amount of overbite correction that we can do. If we were to attempt too much correction, the dentures themselves, and possibly your face, would look off.
Dental Implants Can Help
Another problem with dentures is that they’re just not secure enough to reposition the jaw. Any lateral force on dentures will cause them to become dislodged. But with dental implants, we have some support. This support means that we can design dentures that will help to correct malocclusion–teeth that don’t fit together quite right–including overbite. Through constant encouragement of your fixed teeth, your jaw will find its proper relationship, significantly reducing overbite.
In fact, this is part of what FOY Dentures® were designed to do: correct the bite relationship between the upper and lower jaw to create a more attractive appearance.
More Drastic Measures
Of course, even with dental implants, there is a limit to what dentures can do. If your upper jaw is significantly larger than your lower jaw, or if your lower jaw is badly retruded, you may need a more invasive intervention, possibly surgery.
During your consultation with a FOY® Dentures dentist, you can learn what’s possible for your denture procedure.