About 11 million people in Britain alone have dentures and this is certainly not only a treatment that is offered to the elderly. Many people find that due to an injury or because of bad genes or simply due to poor oral health, it is more beneficial for them to have their natural teeth removed and to effectively ‘start again’ with dentures.
There are several signs that someone should look out for as a warning that their oral health might lead to the necessity of having dentures. This includes not having regular check-ups whilst suffering from sore gums, sore teeth, or frequent indigestion as a result of not properly chewing food.
A dentist will be able to advise their patients on what they believe to be the best direction to take, when complications regarding their natural teeth are presented. Once fitted with dentures, a lifelong commitment to their care is necessary.
Dental implants in Harley Street can work in conjunction with dentures to provide a more stable and fixed application so that denture wearers do not need to feel self-conscience or restricted when chewing, eating, smiling or laughing.
If dentures have become uncomfortable or ill fitting over time, or if a patient is considering their options regarding replacing their teeth, then they should speak with a professional about their choices. By having a minor surgical procedure to insert screws directly into the jawbone and connecting their dentures to these screws, patients can benefit from the numerous advantages that come with fixed and secure dentures.
What are some of the advantages?
A lot of people find that they are severely restricted in the foods that they are able to eat once they begin wearing dentures. Many foods cause their dentures to stick, or to get pulled out of their mouth, and certain small foods tend to slip in underneath their plate and cause discomfort.
The new and improved method of applying dentures with teeth implants means that dentures are fastened securely to the mouth and will not slip or fall out unexpectedly. In fact, the dentures will stay in a patient’s mouth until they are ready to take them out and clean them. They are connected with a series of clips that are easy to work and remove, but ensure that once placed in the mouth that they will stay in situ.
It is generally understood that dentures cannot stimulate the jawbone as natural teeth can, as there is no internal structure similar to a tooth root that sends signals to the bone. Therefore, over many years, the jaw begins to degrade and recede, prematurely ageing the face and weakening the bone, causing it to be porous and brittle.
Should a person present with this complication as a reason behind their dentures no longer fitting as comfortably as they previously did, then a dentist is able to recommend a bone graft or sinus lift that adds human, animal or synthetic bone directly into the jaw to strengthen and add volume to this area again.
This is necessary for denture stabilisation to commence with implants, because the titanium rod that is inserted into the jaw has to have a sufficient amount of bone to fuse with.