If you are reading this whilst struggling with loose-fitting dentures, dental implants could bring an end to your denture woes. At Orpington Dental Care we recommend using implants to stabilise your dentures, to ensure you enjoy an excellent quality of life without any fear of your teeth slipping or sliding away.
Modern dentures are much more comfortable, realistic, and functional than their predecessors. However, a lot of denture-wearers still have to come back to visit their dentist on a semi-regular basis in order to have their dentures relined or otherwise adjusted, because they find that their false teeth that fitted so well in the beginning keep getting loose, unwieldy, and uncomfortable over time.
Loose dentures can cause all manner of problems. These include:
- Difficulty eating anything but soft foods/liquids, restricting your diet and limiting your nutrition
- Difficulty in speaking clearly
- Hobbies such as singing becoming impossible
- Constant fear of your teeth falling our devastating your self-esteem and putting an end to your social life
- Never smiling in photographs because you think your teeth look obviously false/loose
- Sore or bleeding gums caused by your dentures rubbing them
Dental implants can help with all of these issues and more. They are artificial titanium tooth roots that your dentist will place in direct contact with your jaw bone, using either local anaesthetic or conscious sedation here at our Orpington clinic.
Your dentures will be attached to abutments on top of your implants. Whilst you will still be able to remove your denture for cleaning if you wish, they will otherwise stay exactly where they should be, enabling you to eat what you like, speak clearly, smile, sing, and socialise with new-found confidence.
Dental implants also address other problems caused by shrinkage of the jaw bone. These include changes to your facial structure, lips, and skin around the face and jowls, all of which can give you a prematurely aged look.
With proper care, your dental implants and the dentures attached to them should last you for many years – often for the rest of your life.