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Effective Solutions to Common Denture Problems

Solutions to Common Denture ProblemsChoosing to stabilise your dentures with dental implants can help to avoid common problems that arise if the fit of your denture changes. This affects the vast majority of people who wear traditional dentures, and is caused by a loss of density of the jaw bone.

Bone loss happens because, when the tooth roots are not replaced, the bone starts to resorb. It can also be a consequence of advanced periodontal disease. As well as altering the fit of your dentures, it can also change the whole structure of your face, causing a prematurely aged appearance.

The anatomy of teeth is complex. In the simplest of terms, all teeth comprise both roots and crowns. Standard dentures (and bridges) replace the crowns but not the roots.

Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic offers denture stabilisation using dental implants. This involves the placement of a series of implants (usually between four and eight per jaw) and the attachment of carefully crafted bespoke dentures after healing is complete.

A dental implant is a bionic tooth root, made from titanium and placed in direct contact with your jaw bone during minor oral surgery. The placement of dental implants is fairly simple from a patient’s point of view because of the intricate planning the dentist will have undertaken beforehand, to ensure that the implants are positioned and angled correctly to support your new teeth.

Most people only need local anaesthetic for the placement of implants, although treatment can also be performed under conscious sedation for nervous dental patients or for those who have problems keeping their mouth open for long periods.

During the healing period, you can usually wear your old dentures, although your dentist will have to adjust them slightly first. Healing usually takes between three and six months to complete, after which your permanent dentures will be attached.

Securing your dentures with dental implants avoids common denture problems and means that you can:

  • Eat what you want, even hard or chewy foods such as nuts or steak
  • Speak with clarity and confidence, even sing
  • Get on with your life without having to worry about your teeth slipping in public
  • Avoid denture sore mouth, which is caused when poorly-fitting dentures rub the gums