Removable dentures are convenient for many patients because they are cost-effective, yet they have the tendency to become loose and uncomfortable over time. Ideally, dental implants offer the best tooth replacement option since they are permanent. However, people who are missing several teeth may not be able to afford individual dental implants.
If you have lost several or all of your teeth in the upper or lower arch, you can now take advantage of implant-supported dentures at Meadowbank Dental in Edinburgh. These are just like regular dentures but they are supported on dental implants. This way you can restore your oral health and your ability to eat and speak properly.
How does denture stabilisation work?
Implant-supported dentures, also known as overdentures, fit securely over dental implants. The latter help the dental implants stay in place without moving when you eat or speak, due to a series of snap-on mechanisms attached on their surfaces.
Essentially, dental implants are small titanium posts, which are surgically inserted into the jawbone. Titanium is a material compatible with human body tissue, and the dental implants gradually fuse with the jawbone and help prevent its deterioration. Implants used for denture stabilisation differ slightly in size from traditional implants. They are also positioned at a different angle in order to help keep the dentures in place. However, they offer the same advantages as regular dental implants and by the time the dentures are restored on top of them, your new teeth will look, feel and function exactly like your natural teeth.
Benefits of implant-supported dentures
Improved comfort and stability are only a few benefits of implant-supported dentures. Because they are so stable, you can enjoy your favourite foods without worrying about them becoming loose. Unlike traditional dentures that rest on the gums, implant-supported dentures are secured over dental implants, which help stimulate the jawbone through chewing and biting. This way you can use your dentures as you would use your normal teeth, preventing further bone or tooth loss. Last but not least, implant-supported dentures require little if any maintenance, if you opt to stabilise them permanently in your mouth.
If you would like to learn more about this innovative, restorative option, please contact our dental practice and schedule a consultation today.