Implant Dentistry Over Dentures

Dentures will clip on to the implant and become very stable and from a patients point of view, not just the stability is important, we can reduce the size of those dentures, so if there is a gagging problem we can make the denture smaller….from an eating point of view it transforms what patients can do with implant denture..

Dentures

Sometimes despite the dentist’s best efforts a tooth (or teeth) can be lost altogether and replacement has to be contemplated. While the replacement of a single tooth is often completed with bridgework (link to this) or a restoration attached to a dental implant (link to this), the replacement of multiple teeth is often completed with a removable denture.

A well made denture is generally very well tolerated by the patient. This type of restoration can be made from acrylic (a type of plastic) or a special type of metal known as cobalt chromium which has a number of advantages.

  • The metal has superior physical properties enabling manufacture in thin section. This provides a denture which takes up little space in the mouth.
  • The high thermal conductivity of the metal enables greater sensation of heat and cold.
  • Fracture is uncommon.
  • The denture is largely tooth supported. This is protective of the underlying soft tissues, unlike an acrylic denture which rests solely on these soft tissues.

Acrylic dentures generally last at least five years and a metal denture framework generally lasts in excess of ten years. Occasionally further teeth need to be added to the original denture and this is usually not a problem.

Even with complete dentures it is important that patients attend for regular dental examination. Ill-fitting dentures can damage the delicate oral tissues and an examination also allows the dentist to inspect for other health problems such as oral cancer.

With modern techniques and materials and by using some of the best technicians in the UK, a well made denture made at SCED is indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

Bar Attachment Denture

Bar Attachment Denture™ is a revolutionary concept providing patients with fully functioning teeth on dental implants in one single procedure. The technique is also known as same day teeth and same day smiles. This technology was developed by Paulo Malo in the Malo Clinic, Lisbon. In suitable cases, teeth can be extracted, implants placed and a resin bridge placed on the same day. In some cases, computer-guided implant surgery is done in an arthroscopic fashion without requiring any flap reflection. This benefits the patient in that there is less postoperative discomfort, less swelling and less bruising. Patients can often resume their normal activities the next day. The process starts when a CAT scan is taken of the patient's jawbone. This CAT scan allows for the generation of a three-dimensional model of the jawbone that can then be used in virtual reality software to plan the implant placement without the presence of the patient. The results are more accurate implant placement, and less chair time for the patient at the surgery office.

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