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.
At 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.