Dentures that don’t have a life of their own

One big problem with dentures is that they start out fitting well, but over time, they become loose and start to slide back and forth on the gums. This can make eating hard, and it can also stop people being spontaneous in how they express themselves.

May be this is where you are with your dentures. Are you finding that messy dental adhesives are not actually helping to keep your dentures stable? Are you being very careful about how you laugh or eat? That’s not a great way to have to live.

Implant Retained Dentures in GlasgowRock solid dentures

There is a way that we can make sure your dentures stay put, and that is by stabilising them on top of dental implants. Here at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, we regularly transform people’s lives by fitting them with implant-retained dentures.

Here’s how they work:

We can either take your existing dentures and customise them with a bar so that they can fit onto dental implants, or we can make you a new set that are designed to fit on dental implants.

Often, when we make new implant-retained dentures, we are able to use cobalt chromium to put the crowns onto. We can use very thin strips of this metal, so your dentures will take up less room in your mouth. The metal also conducts heat, so you get back the sensations of heat and cold, which are such an important part of enjoying food and drinks.

The dentures fit onto attachments on your dental implants. You still take them out at night to clean, and to rest your gums. Because your dentures are now firmly anchored to your jawbone, you get so much more chewing power than when they were resting on your gums.

The procedure

We can carry out the procedure in one day under a local anaesthetic. We use special dental implants for this purpose and it is often possible to put them into your jawbone right through your gum, instead of having to cut a flap and lift it up. This is much better as far as healing is concerned.

Why not give us a call to find out how we can help you.

Wave goodbye to wobbly dentures

Modern dentures are so much more comfortable and realistic looking than those our grandparents had to wear. Whether you have full or partial dentures, they can really be a godsend if you have lost teeth.

Implant Retained Dentures in GlasgowHowever, no matter how great they look or feel, after a while your dentures are probably not going to fit as well as they did when they were first made. It’s not that your dentures have been badly made, it’s the natural process of shrinking that happens to your jawbone and gums when you no longer have tooth roots.

Tooth roots and the jawbone

Tooth roots no only stabilise the teeth, they also act as transmitters. Every time the teeth come together, the impact sends vibrations down into the surrounding jawbone. This tells the bone cells that the teeth are still in action and the jawbone needs to be strong and dense to support them. Take away the tooth roots and the bone cells no longer receive that message.

The cells interpret that lack of vibration to mean that there’s no more chewing going on and they can dissolve themselves. The bone melts away, losing up to 25% of its size and density in the first year alone after tooth loss.

This is why your dentures no longer fit, but there is a way to stabilise them and to look after your jawbone and that’s by getting implant-retained dentures.

What are implant-retained dentures?

These are dentures that have special attachments on their undersides. They go onto mini implants that are inserted through your gums into your jawbones in a procedure that typically takes less time than normal dental implants because there is no need to lift the gum to put them in.

Implant-retained dentures still come out at night, so you can rest your gums and give your dentures a good clean and a soak. But during the day, you will find you have way more chewing power. You will be able to eat foods that have been off limits since you got dentures.

Plus, you will relax in your daily interactions, knowing that your dentures won’t let you down. Come on in to find out more.

Say goodbye to loose dentures with dental implants

Removable dentures have been used by people who have lost most of their teeth for hundreds of years. However, they do not offer a pleasant experience for everyone. Some patients find that their dentures become loose and painful over time and cannot be secured in place. Such dentures can make it difficult to eat, speak properly or even socialise.

Implant Retained Dentures in GlasgowAt The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, we appreciate that many people prefer dentures over dental implants because they are much more affordable. But what if we told you that you can now take advantage of both treatments at the fraction of the cost? Denture stabilisation with dental implants may be the solution that you have been looking for.

What are implant-retained dentures in Glasgow?

As its name suggests, an implant-retained denture is supported by and attached to dental implants, unlike a regular denture that rests on the gums. Implant-supported dentures have special attachments that fasten onto attachments on the dental implants. For this procedure, a few dental implants are required, all of which are strategically placed into the jawbone for maximum stability.

These implants are smaller than regular dental implants and have a special attachment to their surface for keeping the denture in place. This attachment allows the patient to easily bite and chew and prevents dentures from becoming loose.

Implant-retained dentures can be made for both the upper and lower jaw and can be either fixed or removable. If removable, they need to be removed every night to be cleaned properly.

Benefits of implant-retained dentures

Implant-retained dentures are more secure than traditional dentures. Removable dentures must be held in place by an adhesive and are known for coming loose due to the deterioration of the jawbone. Dental implants are embedded into the jawbone and act as replacement tooth roots, keeping the dentures stabilised at all times.

Moreover, implant-retained dentures are more comfortable and you may forget that you are wearing false teeth over time. And these dentures are less likely to cause sore spots or pressure points in your mouth, both of which are traditionally associated with removable dentures.

Dentures – challenges and solutions

If you have dentures or are thinking of getting them then it is great to know everything you can about them to help you adapt. Dentures are an excellent, budget solution to the problem of missing teeth. They have been around for a long time. Precise techniques are used in order to provide patients with well-fitting dentures.

Dentures still present some challenges to patients. They require special techniques to use them properly and adaptations to some areas of your life. This is because they need to be gripped by the gums. They are not attached to the gums in any way unless you choose to use a dental adhesive. Even then, your bite pressure will not be what it was before.

Dentures in GlasgowWhat can help?

If you are looking for more natural functionality then you may be able to consider implant retained dentures in Glasgow with The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry. This clever solution creates anchors within the structure of your mouth that you can fix your dentures to. This means that the jaw does not have to work so hard to retain them. You should be able to apply much greater forces to chewing, which widens your range of food choices. Dental implants can create a feeling of security and confidence in your dentures.

How do implants work?

Dental implants are inserted into small holes in the jawbone, which are made by your dentist. The jawbone heals around the implants to secure them and your dentures are mounted on top.

Dentures can be retained on as few as two implants per arch. Your dentist will discuss your requirements with you after an examination of your mouth. They will check that you have the required jaw bone density to support the dental implants. If you do not, then you may need to consider a bone graft or sinus lift in order to go ahead.

Healing and usage

Healing times after getting implants to help secure your dentures are shorter than traditional healing times for implants.

You will still need to remove your dentures to clean them in the normal way. This involves brushing and soaking in a denture cleaning solution overnight.