One of the most common problems experienced by patients with dentures is deterioration of the jawbone bone and gum tissue over the years, causing dentures to become loose and unstable. This can cause all sorts of problems, including sore gums and discomfort, being unable to eat certain foods or even having trouble speaking.
Denture stabilisation with dental implants is a rather innovative treatment that saves denture wearers from the constant embarrassment and inconvenience of loose dentures. Denture implants provide a solid foundation for a denture, which can be either fixed or removable. An experienced dentist, like those at PDC Dental Implants in South Yorkshire, will strategically insert the dental implants into the jawbone in order to provide a strong foundation for the new teeth to rest on. This method is quite inexpensive compared to regular dental implants. Patients can enjoy the benefits of both treatments at the fraction of the cost.
How does denture stabilisation work?
There are two types of implant-supported dentures: bar-retained and ball-retained. Both treatments require an acrylic denture that matches the shade of the gums of the patient. Bar-retained dentures consist of a thin metal bar that follows the curve of the jawbone. This denture is attached to up to five dental implants that have been surgically inserted into the jawbone. The bar is fitted with special clips to hold the denture securely in place. Ball-retained dentures, on the other hand, have special attachments that fit into the dental implants. These attachments work like a press-stud mechanism, holding the denture stable inside the mouth, but also allowing its removal for cleaning.
Implant-supported dentures are usually removable but they can be fixed, if needed. They should be removed daily to clean the denture and gum area. Just as with conventional dentures, detachable implant dentures should be removed before sleeping.
Benefits of implant-supported dentures
Implant dentures are generally more stable than regular dentures. Patients find it is easier to speak while wearing them and they don’t have to worry about them becoming loose. Moreover, implant dentures allow patients to eat their favourite foods. In the long-run, denture implants will greatly improve both the social and functional aspects of a patient’s life.