Stabilising Dentures in Edinburgh with Dental Implants
Dentures have been used for many years to replace an entire arch of teeth, either on the upper or the lower jaw; however, they come with certain disadvantages. Augmented bone deterioration caused by the long-term tooth loss can make patients look older than they really are and make their dentures unstable over time. Loose dentures are very uncomfortable since they hinder a patient’s ability to eat and speak properly and considerably destabilise their chewing power.
If a patient is happy with the idea of wearing dentures and does not want to fully commit to dental implants, they can now combine these two treatments and achieve fully stable and functional dentures in Edinburgh. Implant-retained dentures in Edinburgh can either be fixed or removable depending on a patient’s individual needs and are offered by dental practices such as Edinburgh Dental Specialists.
How does it work?
Denture stabilisation is yet another way by which dental implants can improve a patient’s dental functionality and improve their quality of life. Implant-supported dentures are made possible through small titanium posts with ball-shaped heads that click into a retaining fixture at the base of the dentures. These dental implants essentially replace the natural roots of the teeth and help keep the dentures securely in place.
Implant-supported dentures in Edinburgh have many benefits compared to traditional dentures. On the one hand, they prevent slippage and provide enhance support so patients can eat, speak and laugh comfortably without being worried about their dentures. At the same time, they help maintain the jawbone healthy, preventing tissue shrinkage and alterations to the face (the so-called ‘shrunken’ look). Finally, they are well-suited for patients who want to enjoy the benefits of dental implants, but cannot go through the expense required for individual ones.
Dental implants can be fitted under local anaesthetic, and patients can also have oral or IV sedation. After a sufficient healing period, the dentures will then be attached to the abutments on top of the dental implants. Patents who opt for removable dentures can take them out to clean them every night. Alternatively, the dentures can be permanently attached to the mouth.