Many patients find that unsecured dentures are uncomfortable and the difficulty in chewing certain foods restricts enjoyment of some of their favorite foods. There is an option that provides a more secure and natural feel for your replacement teeth. The Smile Centre offers dentures and denture implants to permanently secure dentures in place from an experienced and highly qualified dentist in Manchester.
Advantages of Denture Implants
- Dentures secured with implants are more comfortable.
- This type of denture offers greater security.
- You won’t have pressure spots or sore areas inside your mouth, as with conventional dentures.
- The implants prevent additional bone loss.
- The shape of the facial structure looks more normal and healthy.
- You won’t have to give up your favorite foods.
- You will find that you are able to eat and speak normally.
The Treatment Process
Restoring missing teeth with dentures and dental implants is a multi-step process that requires several visits to the dentist. The first step is for your dentist to check the quality of the jawbone and determine the optimal location for placing dental implants. Impressions will be taken to create a temporary denture, which will be worn until the final denture is prepared.
The first step to a healthier and more natural looking smile is to schedule an initial consultation with your Manchester dentist to have your mouth examined. The results of this exam will determine if you are a candidate for this procedure. For denture implants to work properly, a patient must have healthy gums and jawbone to receive the implants.
The dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone and allowed to heal for a period of up to three or four months. At the end of this time, the implant will be fused to the jawbone. The dentist will confirm this with an x-ray and then perform a second procedure. An incision is made in the gums to expose the implant and a cap is placed on the top of the implant. The incision is allowed to heal for about two weeks. Throughout this entire process, a temporary denture may be provided, so the patient is not without teeth.
The last step is to attach the denture to the dental implants. A try in appointment is done first to ensure that there is a proper fit. The completed denture is then attached using a ball or bar to secure it to the implants. The entire procedure, from the initial surgery to place the implants to attaching your dentures to the implants can take up to five or six months.
If you are wondering whether it is possible to resolve problems with missing teeth using dentures and dental implants, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist. You will have an examination to determine if this procedure is the most appropriate method for restoring the appearance and function of your teeth. Your dentist will answer any questions you may have about the process and make a recommendation about the best way to proceed in your unique situation.