Stabilising Dentures for Loose Fitting Dentures
If you suffer from loose fitted dentures this could be due to a lack of natural teeth, especially in the lower jaw. There is no longer a stable foundation for your dentures to click onto. If natural teeth have been removed changes can occur in the jaw that affect the stability of dentures. The gum and jaw bone will gradually shrink away over a period of several years you may find that there is simply not enough gum and jaw bone available to secure a set of conventional removable dentures.
One way of correcting this problem is to secure new artificial tooth roots, or titanium Dental Implants, into the jaw, which are used to clip onto the denture- similar to a press-stud.
What is so innovative about the procedure is that not every missing tooth requires an implant. As few as two implants could transform the entire foundation, making your stabalising dentures more comfortable and no longer loose.
The Procedure Requirements
The procedure of placing dental implants is relatively simple and can be carried out in the dentist chair, or in a hospital environment depending on individual patients requirements.
The implants can be secured in as little as 10mm of bone height- it is very rare and not often the case, that patients do not fit the requirements. Many patients express concerns that they may require bone grafts to facilitate implant placement. This is true in some cases, but with improved implant and bone augmentation technology, bone grafting is not required as often as it may perhaps have been in the past.
If there is a severe lack of bone, bone grafting can be carried out by the relevant dental specialist often using bone harvested from sites adjacent to the area where the implants to be positioned.
Who is Suitable for Treatment?
Patients suffering from osteoporosis are still able to be treated using dental implants, so long as other important aspects of the medical history are clear.
Medical and dental conditions such as diabetes, uncontrolled periodontitis, hemophilia or patients with a history of head or neck radiotherapy or heavy smoking, may not be suitable for implant treatment. This depends on the severity of their condition.
The Price of Stabilising Dentures
To stabilise an existing set of lower dentures could be expected to cost from 2000 depending on an individual s case. We tailor our packages to individual requirements and specifications; therefore your price will reflect your treatment.
Healing Process of Stabilising Dentures
Treatment time varies, but in general there is usually a three-month healing period that occurs between the time of implant placement and the time of connection to the denture.
It is not necessary to go without teeth while your implants are healing. You may use your dentures, however, we do advise to restrict the use of dentures where possible and avoid loading or disturbing the implants while they are healing.
It is also possible to secure a set of fixed dentures, non-removable dentures to the jaw. Often this requires placement of more implants and some additional expense.
Our dental team will be able to answer any questions you may have about these treatment options. Please refer to our contact page and one of our clinicians will be more than happy to discuss any queries.