Traditionally if you lost all of your teeth you would have a complete set of removable dentures to replace them. Although dentures were a satisfactory solution, they were not without their problems. For example, because they are not fixed in the mouth they tend to move a little bit which makes eating some foods difficult if not impossible. Another lesser known problem is jawbone size reduction; when you lose teeth the jawbone in the affected area slowly shrinks. This means that people who have had full dentures for a while tend to have lost enough jawbone to affect their smile and appear prematurely older.
There is another more modern hi-tech solution available through Dental Implants Birmingham. Using dental implants we can fit a fixed or removable denture in your mouth which will function much more like normal teeth.
Why Choose Implanted Dentures
Dental Implants are secured in to the jawbone, just like real teeth, this means they are secure and they stop the jawbone from receding as much as it norally would from tooth loss. Their design not only makes them look and function like real teeth but they are also long lasting. The way they are fixed in the mouth makes them feel more comfortable and stable than traditional dentures, it also allows you to chew and bite in a more natural fashion so no food is off-limits.
The way they are fixed in the mouth makes them feel more comfortable and stable than traditional dentures, it also allows you to chew and bite in a more natural fashion so no food is off-limits.
What is the procedure?
Firstly, the implants themselves which are titanium cylinders or screws are fixed into your jawbone. After this, there will be a period of two to six months where the bone grows around the implants and bonds with them forming a solid foundation. During this time we will provide a temporary denture that can be worn over the implants.
The next part of the procedure is to uncover the titanium implants and attach the necessary extensions. The extensions are the connections for your new teeth to be secured to. After this you will need another couple of weeks of healing.
Some dental implants are designed as one piece systems so you don't need the second stage and can have your new teeth fitted once you have healed from the first stage. We will advise you on which system is most appropriate for you during the consultation period.
Depending on how many implants were fitted, the extension can have a number of different connections for fitting the new teeth. Some are simply tightened down, whereas others can be clipped to a bar or they might snap on or off a round ball anchor.
Lastly, your custom-made full set of teeth will be attached to your implants and you can start using them straight away, they might be a little odd at first but you will soon get used to them, especially as they feel so natural.
Obviously, every patient is different and the plan will be tailored to suit your mouth, why not get in touch for a free consultation.