Dentures have been used for many years in order to replace an entire set of teeth on the upper or the lower jawbone; however, they come with certain disadvantages. Augmented bone deterioration caused by the long-term wearing of dentures can make you look older than you really are and make your dentures loose over time. Loose dentures are very uncomfortable since they hinder your ability to eat and speak properly and considerably destabilise your chewing power.
If you like the idea of wearing dentures and do not want to fully commit to dental implants, you can now combine these two treatments and achieve fully stable and functional dentures with increased chewing power. Implant-retained dentures can either be fixed or removable depending on your needs and are offered by specialised dental practices, including Sutton Implant Clinic in Sutton Coldfield.
How does it work?
Denture stabilisation is yet another way by which dental implants can improve your dental functionality and improve your quality of life. Implant-supported dentures are held in place by small titanium posts with ball-shaped heads that click into a retaining fixture at the base of the dentures. These dental implants essentially replace the natural roots of the teeth and help keep the dentures securely in place.
Implant-supported dentures have many benefits compared to traditional dentures. They prevent slippage and provide enhance support so you can eat, speak and laugh comfortably without being worried about your dentures. At the same time, they help maintain jawbone health, preventing tissue shrinkage and alteration to your face (i.e. the so-called ‘shrunken’ look). Finally, they are well-suited for patients who want to enjoy the benefits of dental implants, but cannot afford the expense required for implants for each tooth.
Dental implants can be fitted under local anaesthetic or other forms of sedation (i.e. IV sedation). After a sufficient healing period, your dentures will then be attached to abutments on top of your dental implants. If you opt for removable dentures, you can take them out to clean them. If you do not have sufficient healthy bone to support dental implants, you dentist will suggest bone grafting prior to the implant operation.