You Don’t Need to Put Up With Loose Dentures
If you have a complete upper or lower denture then you probably found it fit pretty well to start with, restoring your ability to eat and talk reasonably well. However it can be a different story after a few years of use and this is due to changes to the shape of your jawbone and which cannot be avoided.
How Your Jawbone Changes Shape When You Lose Teeth
Your tooth roots have an important function, not only in supporting the visible part of the tooth which is called the crown, but in ensuring that your jawbone remains healthy and strong and the correct size and shape. When teeth are extracted, this function is lost and as a result old bone cells aren’t renewed and the jawbone gradually changes shape becoming flatter and narrower. This affects the stability of any remaining natural teeth and also has a huge impact if you have had all your natural teeth removed. Initially the bony ridge that used to support your teeth will be quite well pronounced but this will gradually become narrower and flatter, offering greatly reduced retention for your denture. This is where dental implants can help.
Using Dental Implants to Stabilise Your Loose Denture
We think this is a great technique for anyone struggling with a loose denture and who is looking for a cost-effective solution to secure it firmly in place. This treatment is also known as having an implant overdenture or an implant supported denture. To do this procedure, our dentist in South Benfleet will need to first assess your suitability for dental implants. If you decide to proceed, a number of diagnostic tests are required to plan the actual procedure. Extensive planning helps ensure the success of this treatment and that everything will go smoothly, causing minimal stress for you.
To stabilise the denture, several dental implants are inserted in optimal positions in your jaw. Once in place they have to be left to heal and integrate with your jawbone but there is no need to worry as you will still be able to wear your denture during this time. As soon as your dental implants are fully healed, we can fabricate your new implant supported denture. To do this special implant attachments are fixed to the fitting surface of your new denture so it can clip on to the dental implants. You won’t need to worry about your dentures moving around anymore and you will find you can eat a far greater choice of foods making life that much more pleasurable. Your dentures will still be easy to remove so you can keep them fresh and clean.
Many people have already been helped by opting for dental implants in South Benfleet and this treatment is tried and tested and has been safely used for decades. Provided you look after your dental implants, treatment can be a long-term solution for complete tooth loss, restoring your teeth in a way that will feel as natural as possible.
If you are interested in finding out more about dental implants, please give South Benfleet Dental Care a call on 01268 793485 so we can book your initial consultation.