If you wear dentures or you’ve been told that dentures are on your horizon, you may have some questions and concerns. It not unusual for patients to tell us that they remember their grandparents wearing dentures and have quite negative associations – common memories include dentures falling out or their grandparents expressing that they were uncomfortable.
We always reassure our patients that denture wear is better than ever before. Modern full and partial dentures can be custom-made using advanced materials for a comfortable and secure fit.
The good news is that dental implants can now be used to transform the experience of wearing dentures. In most cases, it is possible to have a small number of dental implants fitted into your jawbone as a fixed anchor for upper or lower full or partial dentures, giving them greater stability.
So-called implant-retained dentures have many benefits. As the dentures are fixed in place, they are unable to move or drop out when being worn. This means that you feel confident about talking and eating, and give great big open-mouthed laughs without worrying that your dentures are about to shift. Having implant-retained dentures may also present a more affordable option than replacing all your missing teeth with dental implants – for many patients, this is a cost effective compromise.
Dental implants also act similarly to a tooth’s root in that they stimulate bone growth and ossification within the jaw bone, which can help to prevent bone loss. This is important for maintaining your underlying facial structure and preventing the loss of any of your remaining natural teeth.
By having implant-retained dentures, it is possible to restore your full smile, and the confidence that goes with it. Many people find that they are able to enjoy a more varied diet with more textures than with traditional dentures, and some patients tell us that they feel younger because of no longer having visibly missing teeth.