Why Implant Supported Dentures Are Truly Life Changing
If you’ve lost all of your upper or lower teeth then life can be pretty challenging even if your teeth are replaced with dentures. As a dentist in North Harrow we have plenty of patients who wear dentures and a common complaint is fit, or rather lack of it! Poorly fitting dentures can make a person’s life a misery. Slipping and sliding around in the mouth, they not only rub the gums and make them sore, but speaking and eating is extremely difficult too. Often denture wearers find themselves limited to eating soft bland food because it’s that much easier, and all too often they refrain from socialising, for fear that their shifting dentures will cause them embarrassment.
Why do dentures become loose?
When teeth are lost then bone loss starts to occur because the body thinks that there is no further need for the bone which once held the missing teeth. As a result, and over time, the jawbone starts to shrink and change shape, and if you’ve had missing teeth for several years, then you may find that your jaws have shrunk inwards making you look far older than your years. As the jaw starts to change shape so the denture becomes loose and needs constant adjustments.
So what’s the alternative?
The good news is that it isn’t all doom and gloom and we have a solution by means of dental implants in North Harrow. You’ve probably heard of dental implants for replacing missing teeth, but they can also be used to anchor a set of dentures to the gums to prevent them from moving. Implants consist of tiny titanium posts which are surgically embedded into the jaw and which, after time, bond with the surrounding bone to form a permanent feature which can then support dental crowns or prosthetics such as a bridge or denture. Since the implants act as substitute tooth roots, they stimulate and regenerate healthy bone, to preserve the shape of the jaw.
As few as 4 dental implants are placed into the jaw and left to heal. Once they have bonded with the surrounding bone then special fittings are attached to the implant posts and the underside of the dentures, so that they can be easily snapped on and off for cleaning.
Benefits of implant supported dentures
- Secure custom fit tooth replacement which uses as few as 4 dental implants
- Prevents further bone loss and means that dentures don’t need adjustments
- Natural looking denture which is anchored into the jaw so that it doesn’t slip
- Easily maintained just like real teeth
- Patients can speak normally and eat a more varied diet since the implant supported dentures can absorb a greater bite force
Implant supported dentures will make you smile again, restoring your confidence and giving you a better quality of life in general. If you’d like to find out more, then why not come and speak with your local dentist in North Harrow, Imperial Dental Care. Call us today on 020 8427 2264 or you can book online at www.imperialdentalcare.co.uk.