September 15th, 2010
Are you embarrassed by missing teeth? Do your dentures feel loose and insecure causing you to worry about them falling out at inopportune moments? Then the first thing you need to know is that you are not alone and that these are very common problems. Many people in the UK suffer from missing teeth for a number of reasons ranging from accidentally knocked out teeth, to teeth lost due to decay and infection. Missing teeth can really spoil the appearance of the smile and lead to further dental complications.
Hundreds of thousands of people across the UK wear dentures and one of the most common complaints is that the dentures are loose and feel like they are going to fall out. This encourages many people to wear denture adhesives which although effective are very sticky and can prevent the eating of certain food.
Fortunately, now there is an answer to both of these problems. Dental implants are small titanium screws that are anchored directly into the jawbone to act as a base for either an artificial tooth or when used in sequence as clips to hold dentures in place. The implants used for the dentures are smaller and usually used in groups of five. They clip onto the dentures holding them in place, but still make them easy to remove and replace.
The procedure for implanting the implants takes several weeks and depends on the suitability of the candidate. Once implanted, the London dentist will need to give them several weeks or even months to properly fuse with the bone and gum tissue to ensure they are as solid as possible.
Dental implants are easily the most effective and realistic way of replacing missing teeth. They are permanent and will not need replacing at any stage, unlike many other dental restorations.
June 17th, 2010
Dentures are the perfect way to replace teeth that have been lost to decay or physical trauma. Not only do they replace the aesthetic appearance of the teeth but they also support facial tissue and prevent unseemly sagging of the skin. But dentures can have their problems, as many wearers find. They can often become loose around the gums and fall out at embarrassing moments. This can cause a great deal of anxiety for some denture wearers who don’t want others to know they wear them. It can also cause problems when it comes to eating certain foods, which can become next to impossible in some cases.
This often leads many denture wearers to use denture adhesive strips and gels which secure the dentures in place. Denture adhesives are effective but they can be messy and still cause problems when it comes to eating certain foods. They are also an extra hassle that can be time consuming. But there is another answer to keeping your dentures secure in the mouth. Mini-implants are small titanium screws that are anchored directly into the jawbone. Fitted with small clips, dentures can be modified so that they can snap on and off to the implants, holding them firmly in place without the need for other adhesive substances. The dentures can simply be snapped out of the clips when it is time for cleaning or when sleeping.
Mini-implants are a smaller variation of the implants used to replace individual teeth and involve the same procedure to put them in place. The screws are drilled into the jaw, providing it is in a good enough condition, and then left to fuse with the bone and tissue to become firm. Five mini-implants are usually needed to secure one set of dentures. City of London dentists can give you more information about mini-implants and assess whether you are a suitable candidate for the treatment.
November 15th, 2009
For denture wearers one of the main concerns can be the fear of them falling out at an inopportune moment. Dentures should be held in by suction alone, but if they are ill fitting this is very often not the case. The structure of the gums is often changed by wearing dentures which means that the suction is lost and the dentures begin to feel loose. This leads many patients to use dental adhesive strips or gels, which secure dentures but are also very messy and can prohibit the eating of certain foods. They are also a lot of fuss and involve a great deal of extra cleaning.
There is now another alternative for patients who are concerned about loose dentures and one that offers a permanent solution. Mini-implants can be secured into the jawbone itself and used to anchor the dentures. This new solution provides extra security and removes the need for messy adhesives giving the denture wearer the confidence to carry on with their life without having to worry about their teeth.
About 1.8 millimetres thick, mini-implants are roughly the same width as a toothpick and require only minimal surgery to fix them to the jawbone. In most instances each set of dentures will require six implants. These will be drilled into the jawbone and secured and then left for two to three weeks to allow the bone and gum tissue to fuse to the implant in a process called osseointergration.
The dentist will then be able to fix metal wells and clips into the patients dentures which allow them to snap on and off to the implants. The clips can even be fitted to the patient’s existing dentures which keeps the cost of treatment down. Once secured, the dentures allow the wearer the complete freedom to sit down and enjoy whatever meal they choose without having to worry about their dentures.
Losing your teeth can be an embarrassing and painful experience but with the advent of new denture technology such as mini-implants there is no need why this pain and anxiety has to continue. Mini-implants allow denture wearers to relax and enjoy life as if they had their own teeth, free form the worry of embarrassment. Ask a London dentist about the benefits of mini-implants at your next check up.