The majority of patients that come to see us with a denture problem have an issue related to loose dentures.
The best way to secure dentures firmly in place is by anchoring them with dental implants.
One of the most common problems that people with dentures experience is shrinkage of the bone and gum tissue over the years, causing dentures to become loose. Once this happens, you can end up experiencing all kinds of additional problems, such as pain and discomfort, being unable to eat certain foods or even having trouble speaking. If you have dentures fitted, it is important that you visit your dentist regularly so that they can check the fit of your dentures. If the fit has become loose, your dentures can be modified or you may have to order a new set. All this is not just expensive and uncomfortable, but time-consuming too. However, there is another way to ensure that your dentures always fit your mouth perfectly, without having to worry about a deterioration in speech or having to change your diet.
Yes! By using dental implants to ensure denture stabilisation, they can be held in place much more securely. This is not only more comfortable for you the patient, but it also reduces bone and tissue shrinkage as the dentures themselves will not move around in the mouth.
The dental implants themselves are fitted during a simple procedure, where a flap of tissue is lifted from the gum and a small hole carefully made into the jaw. Your mouth will be numbed beforehand. Once the hole is drilled the implant, which is made of a strong metal called titanium, is screwed into place. The gum tissue is replaced and stitched and the whole area is left to heal for a couple of weeks. Once we are happy that the implants are firmly integrated into the bone, then your dentures can be attached.
Denture stabilisation is a simple and safe process, as you only need a few titanium screws to hold an existing set of dentures in place. Of course, this also makes the procedure much more affordable. Any type of dentures can be stabilised using this type of treatment and the use of locators, whether fixed or removable, can be used for those who have already suffered some bone deterioration.
Most patients find that treatment was less uncomfortable and invasive than they first thought. What you feel is not too different to when you have teeth out. In fact, some patients find implant placement more comfortable, Anaesthetic can be used to prevent any pain during the procedure, and IV sedation is an option should you be particularly nervous about treatment. There is also the option to speak to past patients regarding the ins and outs of the procedure, to help you make an informed decision. You will be amazed at the difference denture stabilisation can make to your life.
Not only will speaking and eating become easier, but you will feel more confident, knowing that your dentures are not going to move or slip out of position when you smile.