Dentures have been used for many centuries to replace missing teeth. The modern versions are more comfortable, realistic looking and natural acting than ever before, but they still come with some problems. At Sutton Implant Clinic in Sutton Coldfield we believe that using dental implants to stabilise your false teeth can free you from denture issues for life.
The trouble with dentures
Whilst dentures do an excellent job at replacing the crowns of the teeth in one or both jaws, as a standalone treatment option they do nothing to replace the tooth roots. Without natural roots or a suitable replacement in place, the jaw bone has a tendency to resorb or shrink back, which can cause a previously well-fitting denture to become loose, unwieldy, and uncomfortable.
The advent of dental implants is one of the most exciting developments of modern dentistry. Implants are small titanium screws that replace the root portions of the natural teeth. They are placed in direct contact with your jaw bone in a small operation here at our Sutton Coldfielddental practice, and can support your dentures in a procedure known as denture stabilisation.
When you come to our Sutton Coldfield clinic, an implant dentist will use CT scans and x-rays to assess the current level of bone density in your jaw. If you have worn your dentures for some years, you may require a bone grafting procedure first, prior to implant placement.
With denture stabilisation, the required number of implants are placed directly in your jaw bone. This is commonly between four and eight implants to support a full arch of dentures, depending on your individual circumstances.
Your denture can then be securely attached to your implants, ensuring that they remain firmly in place at all times, and enabling you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence.