Stabilising Dentures with Dental Implants
Posted: Feb 27, 2016
Dentures are often thought of as the only solution available to those who have lost a few or all of their natural teeth. These artificial teeth restorations are created to fit comfortably inside the mouth, and the treatment can be finished without any invasive procedure. After a long period of time using the dentures, however, a number of problems will arise with regards to the way the artificial teeth fit inside the mouth. Loose denture may actually pose more problems compared to the benefits as missing teeth solutions.
Removable dentures start out with a tight, comfortable fit. With the passage of time, this fit will change because the jawbone underneath the tooth loss area does not have the stimulation it needs to maintain its healthy structure. Without the tooth roots to provide continuous stimulation, the jawbone will become progressively thinner as the years go by. As a result, the removable dentures gradually become loose inside the mouth. A denture wearer will experience embarrassing instances of the dentures moving uncontrollably whenever the mouth is opened to laugh, speak, or while eating. The dentures movement also causes a significant amount of pain. The hard plastic and metal parts of the dentures will repeatedly rub against the soft inner mouth tissues, and often result to the development of painful mouth sores.
Denture use can be made more efficient and a lot more comfortable with the help of dental implants. The implants are artificial tooth roots that are embedded into the jawbone, replacing the function of the lost tooth roots. An implant treatment helps prevent jawbone deterioration; in case the bone thinning has already set in, the implants will stop further bone deterioration. The dentures are attached to the implants so they are set securely in place. With the help of the implants, the artificial teeth are now connected securely to the jawbone, eliminating the problems associated with loose dentures use.
Mini dental implants are used to securely attach the dentures to the jawbone. These implants are smaller in diameter compared to traditional dental implants, and are ideal for patients who have a thin jawbone. Mini implants are attached to the jawbone using a minimally-invasive method, which does not require the gums to be cut open or stitched afterwards. The use of mini implants to stabilise dentures results in a procedure with less discomfort for the patient, who will also experience a shorter downtime or healing period after the placement of the dental implants.
Dr Azhar Sheikh, founder of Life Dental Implants, is one of the UK’s most experienced dentists specializing in implant treatments.