Dentures may be traditionally associated with older people, but in fact are used by dentists to replace teeth and restore function in patients of all ages. Modern dentures are realistic in terms of both action and appearance, yet the majority of people who wear them still experience problems with their fit.
A dentist may prescribe you full or partial dentures, depending on how many teeth need to be replaced. Particularly in the case of full dentures, you might have to go back to your dentist after a few months to have them relined, remade, or otherwise adjusted as you are likely to notice a change in fit.
Warrendale Dental Care in Herefordshire offers an excellent solution to this problem: using dental implants for denture stabilisation. Implants are bionic tooth roots, serving the dual purpose of holding your denture (or bridge, or crown) firmly in your jaw whilst also encouraging bone growth, to prevent your jaw bone shrinking.
Dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss, and will last for decades. The only caveat is that you need to look after them: gum disease can affect implants in just the same way as it affects natural teeth, so regular visits to your dentist and dental hygienist and prudent cleaning of your teeth is required.
How dental implants prevent denture problems
Most of the problems experienced by people who wear dentures are caused by resorbtion or shrinkage of the jaw bone. Common issues include:
- Difficulty eating anything but soft foods
- Changes to your speech, difficulty being understood
- Oral thrush
- Loss of self-esteem/confidence and reduced social life due to fears of dentures falling out
By addressing and avoiding loss of jaw bone density, dental implants stop these problems from happening. Your dentist will attach your dentures to them using a range of special attachments. Whilst you can still take them out at home, the danger of them slipping or falling out will be avoided.
Alternatively, your dentist may recommend an implant-retained bridge. Unlike standard bridges that replace just one or two teeth, bridges held in place by implants can replace a whole jaw of teeth. A bridge is not removable at home; you should follow your dentist’s cleaning instructions.