Dentures are a convenient and cost-effective tooth replacement option and have been around for many years. However, patients who have been wearing conventional dentures for a long time often find that they become unstable and tend to fall out when eating or speaking. This is because they are not firmly attached to the jawbone and as the latter gradually deteriorates due to tooth loss, there is not enough retention to keep them safely in place. Luckily, implant-retained dentures are here to fix this problem for good.
Denture stabilisation is a dental process that greatly improves the stability, comfort and effectiveness of implants. Implant-supported dentures in Edinburgh, available in various dental practices including Edinburgh Dental Specialists, are beneficial for denture wearers because they provide unparalleled support and strength. Implant-supported dentures are not likely to become loose anytime soon.
How is this treatment different from regular dental implants?
Whereas regular dental implants are attached into the jawbone in order to replace one or multiple missing teeth, implant-supported dentures are stabilised with the aid of two dental implants (though sometimes four implants may be used for better retention) that are strategically placed into the jawbone.
These implants are usually smaller than regular dental implants and have a different attachment mechanism in order to facilitate the stabilisation of the dentures on top of them.
Once the implants have integrated with the bone and the tissue, the dentures will be placed on top of them. Implant-supported dentures in Edinburgh are usually removable – however, they stay firmly in place when they are in the mouth. In some cases, they can be permanently stabilised in the mouth.
Does it hurt?
The placement of implant-supported dentures in Edinburgh is painless and only requires mild anaesthetic. However, most dentists can offer alternative sedation options for patients who are particularly anxious about the procedure.
Advantages of denture stabilisation
Denture stabilisation is designed to address common problems experienced by patients wearing conventional dentures in Edinburghand does so by improving the fit of dentures. Moreover, implant-supported dentures can improve a patient’s ability to chew, bite and speak properly and improve their overall quality of life.