A cosmetic denture is a set of artificial teeth that have been cosmetically enhanced to look and feel like real natural teeth. It helps you to look good, chew your food properly, eat comfortably and speak clearly.
They are often made of high set resin making them extremely durable and hard wearing. There is also an extensive range of shades, colours and stains for both the gums and the teeth enabling highly aesthetic and artistic dentures to be created.
A “Full” denture is one that replaces all the missing teeth in either the upper or the lower jaw. This type of denture fits snugly over your gums and is supported by the jaw. Due to the unstable nature of gums and continuous shrinking of the jaw, a full denture is often associated with long-term problems. A great solution is to “fix” the denture in place using dental implants.
A “Partial” denture is one that replaces some of the teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. A partial denture us often supported by the remaining teeth.
The treatment involves understanding your functional and aesthetic needs and then we can provide you with potential options available to you. Depending on your requirements we can customise and tailor-make individual treatments plans to suit your needs and budgets.
Some of these appointments are involved Denture Stabilisation with the placement of dental implants and their healing if that is an additional option you have chosen. However, most of the appointments are involved in making sure that the dentures are aesthetically and functionally correct. This will involve taking records and careful assessment.
Take Helen as an example. Helen has had no teeth for over 20 years. She was treated at The Perfect Smile Studios on Extreme Makeover UK (Living TV). With the use of dental implants to secure her cosmetic dentures, Helen now has amazing confidence and looks sensational. In the past, she was even embarrassed to kiss her husband.
Millions of people around the world are missing all their teeth in their upper or lower jaw. Many of them struggle to keep their dentures secure.
Dentures become loose because over a period of time the bone begins to recede away. This consequently means that the original denture no longer fits the mouth as well as it once did. This can lead to numerous problems such as ulcers that make the dentures uncomfortable and patients not being able to chew effectively. Also, a full upper denture needs to cover most of the palate to obtain ‘suction’. This can interfere with taste and the enjoyment of food. Loose dentures can also be embarrassing and can create an ageing appearance.
If you are embarrassed of loose dentures, not being able to eat the foods that you love and the ineffectiveness of denture adhesives; there is now a way to make your denture work the way it was intended: stabilisation with dental implants.
Fortunately, there are now good long-term solutions to these problems with implant dentistry. Implants can be used to fixate and support dentures and bridgework. Also, Implant supported dentures eradicate the problems of dentures gradually becoming loose. Implants are made of titanium and are fitted into bone. This increases retention considerably.
Too many people who have conventional dentures don't wear them for the simple fact that they do not stay in place. Dental implants offer a way to keep dentures in place and allow you to go about your daily life with confidence.
The use of dental implants to stabilise dentures has proven to be successful for hundreds of thousands of people. The number is growing daily as word spreads of the effectiveness and long-term integrity of the treatment. In fact, dental implants have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device.
In the procedure titanium screws (implants) with integrated ball-tops are inserted into the jaw, where they will fuse into the bone. The procedure typically takes about an hour, and can be done under local anaesthesia. Your existing denture is modified to sit comfortably over the implants during the healing phase.
Discomfort from the procedure is usually minor. Your dentist can prescribe medication to alleviate pain and will suggest a modified diet during the initial healing phase.
After the implants have healed, your denture is modified to snap onto the ball-tops. The denture will be secure until you remove it for cleaning. Simply apply upward pressure to the front of the denture with your thumbs to unseat the denture.
Payment plans are usually available that can bring implant treatment within your budget. The benefits of eating what you want, smiling with confidence, and the many other positive changes that a stable denture can bring simply cannot be measured. Your dentist will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding dental implant procedures.
Dental implants can be a useful adjunct to many dental treatments. We will provide a detailed evaluation and complete comprehensive dental assessment to decipher the best and most appropriate treatment for you.
The process starts with a FREE discovery consultation where we discuss your needs and requirements with a Computerised Photographic Assessment to help you understand the possibilities.
The dentist is at this stage able to assist you with potential options available to you. Depending on your requirements we can customise and tailor-make individual treatments plans to suit your needs and budgets. You can opt for simple procedures to more complex involved treatments plans to produce your beautiful new smile. Our aim is answer your questions and provide you with the advantages and disadvantages.
We can also provide you with a computer-aided smile analysis and a hand crafted Trial Preview, to gives you the opportunity to see your smile before we even touch your teeth. We also use Bite Analysis technology to ensure a long lasting, comfortable and a healthy final result.
During this assessment we will investigate that you have the correct width, height and density of bone. When there is insufficient bone present than we often perform additional procedures such as bone grafts or sinus grafts to add more bone volume. This may need a healing period of 3 months prior to placing the implant the regenerated bone. We may advise that a CT-scan is taken to obtain this information. The dentist will also assess whether there is a possibility of an immediate implant for your missing tooth.
Daily cleaning consists of removing your denture at night and brushing around your implants to remove any food and plaque. Brushing also stimulates blood flow in the surrounding gum tissue. Following your doctor's post-operative instructions and maintaining your dental hygiene are important factors in ensuring the long-term success of your treatment.
Contact us for any questions, requests and further information; or to arrange a FREE Initial Consultation.
The free no obligation Initial Consultation will be with our dentist and/or our Treatment Coordinators. The suitability of options discussed will ultimately be dependent upon your clinical assessment with a dentist at the practice.