Loose dentures are a common problem for long-term denture wearers. Ill-fitting dentures rub against the gums, causing soreness and discomfort. Left untreated, the pain will increase and may even lead to infection. Unfortunately, perfectly fitting tend not to stay that way. This is because the jawbone tends to melt away gradually, and no matter how many times dentures are adjusted, they will eventually lose their shape and fit.
Denture stabilisation with dental implants is the ultimate solution for this problem. This quick and affordable treatment allows patients to stabilise their dentures in only one visit to the dentist, with mini dental implants. In Hampshire, this treatment is available in many dental practices, including Dental Implants Hampshire.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are small, titanium posts that are surgically fixed into the jawbone. Their unique ability to fuse with the jawbone makes them a permanent solution for tooth loss, since they actually replace the missing tooth root. Once healed, dental implants in Hampshire provide a strong and sturdy foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function just like natural teeth.
Implant-supported dentures are full dentures that are attached to four or more dental implants, which are fixed safely into the upper or lower jawbone. Once the dental implants have had time to fuse with the jawbone and surrounding bone tissue, the dentures are placed on top of them using clip-ons. This way patients can still remove their dentures for cleaning or during sleep, but once in their mouth, they will not move. In some cases, dentures can be permanently fixed in the mouth. Dentures supported by dental implants combine the benefits of conventional dentures and dental implants for the fraction of the cost of replacing missing teeth entirely with dental implants.
Benefits of implant-supported dentures
Unlike conventional dentures, implant-supported dentures do not sit on the gum, as they gain support from the dental implants. This way they are less likely to cause pain, discomfort or become loose over time. Moreover, implant-supported dentures are much lighter than conventional dentures since their support is gained through the dental implants and not the material itself. Finally, implant-supported dentures are very solid and stable and do not require frequent adjustments.