Missing teeth can also be replaced with a set of complete or partial dentures, which can be easily removed anytime. Our cosmetic dentists in Colchester will be able to create a set just for you that will fit comfortably and make eating and speaking complications a thing of the past. Using implants to stabilise the dentures using the ‘smile in a day’ or ‘all on four’ technique our Colchester denture stabilisation procedure offers patients the opportunity to have dentures that are fixed, removing the discomfort and stigma surrounding removable dentures.
Why do people need dentures?
People lose teeth for all sorts of reasons inducing illness, accident and deficient care. The loss of a single tooth can lead to the loss of other teeth. Once teeth have gone it results in bone loss. This not only shortens your face and ages it, but can cause other teeth to become loose which are then at risk of falling out. Your features droop and generally appear distorted. Dentures are used to replace the function and appearance of natural teeth, restoring your smile.
What treatments are available to replace missing teeth?
If you have lost all of your teeth then a complete set of dentures will be required. The teeth themselves are usually made of resin and set into a plastic base shaped and coloured to match your gums. An impression of your gums will be taken beforehand so that a base can be made to accurately fit around the shape of your real gums and blend in realistically.
Dentures do take some time to get used to and, since they are held in place by natural suction to your gums, you will need to put some practise into keeping them in. At first it will feel uncomfortable holding this object in your mouth as the body simply won’t be used to it and you will find your mouth produces more saliva for a while, making it more difficult to keep them in place. Dental fixatives are available to make them more secure but it is recommended that you talk to your dentist about it and make sure you buy the right one.
If you have at least one or more teeth remaining then a set of partial dentures will suit you more, unless you opt to have the other teeth removed but this is not always advisable. A special prosthetic will be made, not just to suit the shape of your mouth but also to fit around the teeth you have left and blend in with the colour and shape of them. An impression will be taken as well as a record of the colour of your teeth so that identical false teeth can be produced. While a metal framework tends to secure partial dentures in place, there are more permanent alternatives that you may wish to consider.
Implant Retained Dentures
For many patients removable dentures are just too uncomfortable or cumbersome and they find them to be more trouble to hold in that they are worth. If you are one of these people then it may be worth your while to consider dental implants. Implants are small titanium screws that are placed permanently in the jawbone (anaesthetics make this a painless process) and act in place of your tooth’s natural root. These screws are biocompatible, which means your body will accept them as part of the jawbone and they will even stimulate bone growth and help strengthen your jaw.
Many patients prefer implant retained dentures as they feel more natural and stable. Implants do indeed have several advantages over dentures:
- They fit securely to your gums
- They feel less intrusive in your mouth
- They feel like real, natural teeth
- Biting and chewing is easier with them
- They look natural and will fool anyone
- Titanium implants stimulate bone growth in the jaw
What is denture stabilisation?
Dentures stabilisation is a process used when you are wearing dentures and they have become difficult to wear. The dentures can become loose and you may experience problems with speaking and eating, as well as a degree of pain and discomfort caused by wearing poorly fitting dentures.
Many people wear dentures that require frequent adjustment. Patients with dentures are encouraged to visit their dentist on a regular basis to check the fit of the dentures. If the dentures have become loose, the dentist can modify the dentures or they recommend new ones for you.
By far the most effective method of denture stabilisation is to have dentures that are supported by dental implants. Dental implants are titanium rods that hold new dental bridges, dentures and crowns in place. Denture implants provide much greater retention and security than other types of denture and will improve your ability to eat and speak, as well as ensuring you have a great looking, healthy smile.
What are the benefits
Denture stabilisation has a range of benefits. It prevents looseness and wobbling, improves speech, improves the ability to chew and eat and creates a more attractive, natural looking smile. Patients that undergo denture stabilisation don’t have to worry about the appearance of their dentures and they need not worry about their dentures coming loose or wobbling. Instead, they can forget about their teeth and enjoy the smile they’ve always wanted.