Everyone has seen the adverts for denture fixatives on TV that promise an ability to eat apples once a little fixative is applied to your dentures. For most denture wearers this is simply unrealistic, and dentures remain one of the biggest sources of frustration for dental patients.
Many people are unsuited to dentures, and will always struggle with dentures that move and feel uncomfortable at times. Even patients who manage well when dentures are first fitted can find that as time goes on, they become uncomfortable and loose, causing difficulties with eating and speaking. This is due to a combination of shrinking of the bony ridges supporting the dentures, and a reduction in the ability of the mouth muscles to retain the dentures. Implants are the perfect solution to stabilise dentures, leading to increased comfort and a renewed ability to eat your favourite foods.
- Enjoy your food once again, eat more and taste more.
- Eat a healthy diet, chewing some of those harder fruits and vegetables.
- Avoid the embarrassment of having to take your dentures out in a restaurant.
- Easier to clean than teeth fixed on implants.
A minimum of two implants are required to stabilize a lower denture. Having four implants will produce greater stability, but will make the treatment more costly.
To stabilise an upper denture, a minimum of four implants is generally required, increasing the cost of treatment. In the upper jaw the overdenture can be made to expose the palate so patients gain an improvement in taste and have less issues tolerating a prosthesis which does not cover the palate.
Once placed, the implants will require a healing period of at least three months to integrate with the bone. Fixtures are then fitted to the implants onto which the dentures can attach.
Looking after the implants is very straightforward as the denture is designed to be easily removed for cleaning of the overdenture and implants. The ease of looking after an overdenture is one advantage of this treatment method over fixed teeth on implants.
Providing implants to stabilise dentures is one of the most popular treatments provided at Smilemakers due to its truly life-changing results.
Please contact us to discuss how these treatments could help you.