Many people already wearing dentures find they can cause difficulty and embarrassment. Diet is often limited to soft foods which do not require any chewing (often excluding healthy food such as fruit and vegetables which are essential for providing vitamins and nutrients), and for any feeling of stability large amounts of unpleasant denture fixative are usually necessary.
In addition to these problems people are often very conscious of the possibility of the denture dropping down (or even out) and also that they are the last to finish a meal if eating out with friends because of the difficulty chewing.
Implants and Removable Dentures
Implants can also be used in conjunction with removable dentures, giving anchor points for the denture to click on and off when desired. This provides the new denture (or the “implant-retained overdenture”) with far more retention than would be possible otherwise. The connection between the denture and the implant is much like you would find in a press-stud on a coat, and the more attachments there are the more stable the denture will be.
For those already wearing full dentures this treatment can provide a simple and cost-effective solution to the problem of dentures that move around the gums causing discomfort and difficulty chewing.
Four implants are usually placed in the upper jaw, though a minimum of two can be used in the lower jaw (although four is preferable where possible).
Contact us at Cottage Dental Practice to either arrange a consultation with James or a free discussion with our treatment co-ordinator Jackie to find out more.