Struggling with loose dentures?
Anyone who has worn dentures is aware of the challenges they present. Dentures can make eating difficult and dentures that move can cause embarrassment! Maintaining a healthy diet is critical for long term health and if we can’t eat what our bodies need our general health can suffer.
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This video shows a patient with no lower teeth. Two dental implants are placed into the lower jaw. A lower denture is then made and fitted onto the implants. The denture clicks into place and is readily removed for cleaning.
People who wear dentures often have to worry about them slipping and moving when they eat and talk. They can be very uncomfortable and difficult to get used to.
As well as affecting your emotional well-being, missing or loose teeth can affect your general health. In order to maintain a healthy diet, we need to be able to chew our food effectively and comfortably.
In order to maintain a healthy emotional state, we need to be able to smile and talk with confidence. In order to be confident in physical activities, we need to be secure in the knowledge that our teeth are secure and aren’t going to move or, even worse, fall out!
Dental implants can help stabilise existing dentures or can be used alongside new dentures to replace existing dentures. No more need for denture adhesives, pastes or powders.
Dental implants help to maintain your facial structures and appearance by preserving the jaw bone.
What’s involved with implant retained dentures?
Between 2 and 6 dental implants are placed in each jaw. One they have healed they are then connected to your new or existing dentures. This technique can be used in either jaw but is most commonly used in the lower jaw with two implants to support a lower denture.
Benefits of implant retained dentures?
- Stable, secure dentures give you the confidence to eat what you want to. No more worrying about your dentures falling out when you’re eating with friends or family.
- The dentures can be neater with smaller bases as they don’t rely on your gums for support.
- They put less pressure on the gums when eating.
- Dental implants help maintain your facial structures
- The rub less than conventional dentures
- You can still take your dentures in and out for cleaning
What are the stages involved with Implant Retained Dentures?
At the initial consultation our team will discuss your concerns and get a feel for what you would like to achieve. If it looks like Implant Retained Dentures arethe right treatment for you we move on to the full assessment
Stephen and Julian then work closely together to plan the procedure. We meticulously assess all the records we have taken and plan every aspect of the procedure.
Stephen and Julian then work closely together to plan the procedure. We meticulously assess all the records we have taken and plan every aspect of the procedure. Julian then makes a custom set of teeth to fit onto the implants. We call this set of teeth the ‘provisional bridge’. It’s not the final set of teeth. This is great because it gives us an opportunity to ‘test-drive’ your new smile. If there are any changes you’d like to make these can be incorporated into the final bridge.
On the day of the procedure we first make sure that your comfortably relaxed and sedated. Once we’re happy that you’re comfortable we fit your implants. This typically takes around 1 hour. If you already had a denture, we put this back in.
We like to see you again after about one week. This is typically a short appointment to ‘touch-base’.
The new dentures
After 2-3 months it’s time to make the final dentures. This typically takes around 4 appointments.
At Evesham Place Dental we offer open, honest pricing. Our quotes include everything. There are no hidden fees or extras. Our quote includes the provisional bridge and the final bridge. Once the final bridge is fitted we keep the provisional bridge as a spare.
This patient had been struggling for years with failing lower teeth which were badly infected and decayed. He had been worried about wearing a lower denture because he had been told by friends that they were difficult to cope with.
Following a consultation with Stephen and Julian, Stephen removed the lower teeth and placed two dental implants straight into the sockets. Julian had made a lower denture to wear and this was put in straight after the implants had been fitted. The patient reported very little discomfort after the surgery and healed quickly
Julian then made new dentures and connected the lower denture to the implants. The lower denture ‘clicks’ into place. The patient was really pleased with the result and quickly adapted to his new teeth.
This patient had been struggling with a loose lower denture for years. Following consultation with Stephen and Julian, Stephen placed two dental implants into her lower jaw.
Once the implants had healed, Julian began making a new lower denture. This photo shows the dental models that he used.
Julian then fitted the new lower denture. The patient was delighted as it looked really natural. The denture ‘clicked’ into place and stayed in place when the patient was eating and talking.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, most people who currently wear dentures are candidates for implant retained dentures.
In fact if you already wear dentures you’re an ideal candidate as you’re already used to wearing dentures.
Implant retained dentures will feel much more comfortable and stable than existing conventional dentures.