Using dental implants to end your daily denture struggles
Dental implants are revolutionising the lives of denture-sufferers across the world. At South Benfleet Dental Care we have used implants to give back the freedom of a jaw of fully functional teeth to scores of patients once struggling with loose dentures.
Modern dentures are both aesthetically pleasing and realistic in terms of action, but the majority of people who wear them do still struggle as their false teeth become looser and looser over time. This is caused by resorbtion of the jaw bone, which is a common but lesser-known complication of losing your teeth.
At our South Benfleet dental centre we can end your denture woes with the help of dental implants. Bone resorbtion happens because standard dentures do nothing to replace missing tooth roots; dental implants solve this problem because they are bionic tooth roots that are made out of titanium, which actively supports bone growth. Your dentures can then be attached on top, creating all the functionality of a new set of natural teeth.
Placing dental implants requires minor oral surgery. Most people at our South Benfleet dental practice only require local anaesthetic for implant placement, because it is intricately planned using the latest software beforehand.
However, if you are nervous, have a strong gag reflex, or are undergoing a longer procedure, we also offer this treatment under conscious sedation.
Once your dental implants are in place, the process of osseointegration will commence. This involves the implants forming a strong bond with the bone, very similar to that of a natural tooth root. Once healing is complete, which usually takes a few months, your implants will provide a reliable anchor for your teeth.
In most cases you can still wear your old denture during healing, although your dentist may need to adjust them – this will be discussed at your initial dental implant consultation.
Dental implants are designed to be a permanent solution to tooth loss: with proper care and regular follow-up visits to both your dentist and hygienist, they can last upwards of 20 years – sometimes even a lifetime.