Implant Retained Dentures and Dental implants
If you have lost all of your natural teeth, then having dentures can affect the foods you eat, the way you talk and the way you feel about your appearance and your smile.
The introduction of dental implants and advances in denture technology mean that treatments involving both dental implants and dentures now create a beautiful, natural looking smile with a bite comparable to natural teeth, which will make you look great and boost your self-confidence.
Complete dentures are held so firmly by the dental implants that the teeth can chew and break down food much more effectively than normal dentures. Dentures held in place by dental implants do not have a negative impact on speech and many people actually find having denture implants makes their speech clearer.
The implants distribute the forces generated by chewing and grinding evenly across the jawbone and not on the gums surface, and each denture tooth contributes to the overall action of chewing, ensuring the remaining proportions of the jaw stay in place.
Conventional types of dentures can cause forces to be distributed unevenly or not distributed at all, which can cause the jaw bone to gradually shrink in size.
The procedure to fit a dental implant is usually relatively straightforward. The procedure involves lifting a flap of the gum and drilling a socket in the jaw bone. Once the hole has been made, the implant will be fixed into the socket and the flap of gum tissue will be re-stitched. Multiple implants are used to retain complete dentures with a minimum of two implants in the lower jaw and four in the upper jaw. The gum tissue will then be allowed to heal whilst the implant integrates with the jawbone in a process known as osseointergration. The healing phase is generally 3 months and existing or temporary dentures can be worn during this time.
Most implants are placed with a simple local anaesthetic and are therefore entirely painless to place.
Caring for dental implants
It is important that patients with dental implants visit their Dentist on a regular basis so that the Dentist can check on their progress and monitor your general oral health. Keep to more frequent appointments if this is the advice you receive.
An Implant Dentist will give you the advice you need on how to care for your implants after surgery, and in a way that promotes the healing of your mouth. They will also guide you on the best way to care for your implants after the healing period, to ensure longevity.
It is important to develop a daily oral hygiene regime as this helps to ensure the long-term success of your dental implants. Cleaning around your dental implants on a daily basis using toothpaste, tooth brush and mouth rinses is crucial to your oral health and the longevity of your dental implants. Inflammation of the gums around the implant can occur if you do not clean around your implants regularly which could eventually lead to their loss. Just like natural teeth, dental implants will last as long as you can keep them clean. A buildup of plaque around dental implants will lead to gum infections, bleeding and soreness just like it would do around natural teeth.
Paying for dental implants
Dental implants are a good long-term investment and the lifestyle benefits to denture wearers are worth every penny.
The cost of dental implants depends on a number of different factors, including the number of implants needed and the type of retentive mechanisms and dentures you choose; prices also vary according to which clinic or Dentist you choose.
Implant Dentists that use dental implants supplied by the world’s leading implant manufactures generally charge £1500-2000 per implant.
Private healthcare is becoming far more affordable and many clinics now offer finance packages, some with interest free credit.
To find out more about Implant Retained Dentures please do contact us using the details below to discuss your needs or to seek a free consultation.