Wearing dentures can be a challenge for many of our patients. At Bridgford Dental Practice we find that many patients struggle with loose fitting dentures, which can have a huge impact on their daily lives in terms of eating, health, relationships and self-esteem.
With dentures, patients often find they cannot enjoy their favourite foods, most commonly carrots and other root vegetables, steaks and foods that are sticky in texture such as sandwiches or pasta.
The effects can be far reaching as elimination of certain food groups from your diet can have a harmful impact to your general health, as you may not be getting the essential nutrients you need to stay healthy.
The most common complaint we hear about dentures is the embarrassment they can cause in social situations. Altered speech, and loose dentures that move around whilst talking are common and stressful.
There is a solution to loose fitting dentures
There is a long-term, permanent solution to these common issues. Denture stabilisation using dental implants, secure dentures firmly in place, giving denture wearers confidence in the knowledge that their dentures will not move around whilst they are eating or talking.
The treatment itself is fairly straightforward in most cases. A dental implant is a small titanium screw that is placed into the jawbone, via a minor surgical procedure, to which your denture is attached. For lower dentures, two dental implants are placed at the front of the lower jaw; fewer people struggle with an upper denture that moves, but if this is the case then three to four dental implants will solve the problem. Each implant is connected securely to your denture using a series of specially designed connections.
After initial implant placement, there is a healing period of approximately 3-4 months, this is to allow the dentures to ‘fuse’ to your own bone and become part of you (a process known as osseo-integration), during this period, your usual dentures are worn as a ‘temporary’ measure. The final stages of treatment comprise of 4-6 short appointments to construct the new dentures with the secure attachments.
Patients are still able to remove implants for cleaning, but can be confident that when the implant is in place it will remain secure. With dentures secure, patients smile and speak more easily, clearly and confidently knowing that their dentures won’t slip out unexpectedly.
So, how do you know if denture stabilisation would be beneficial?
- Do your dentures move around when eating or chewing?
- Do you avoid social situations because of your dentures?
- Do you find yourself avoiding certain foods because you can’t chew properly?
- Have you found that you have altered your diet to accommodate your dentures?
- Has your speech been affected by wearing dentures?
If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, denture stabilisation may be the solution. Contact us to find out more and book a free implant consultation.