Do your dentures wobble and slip when you talk, eat, or smile? Then you are not alone. Most people who wear traditional dentures will struggle with their fit at some point as the bone structure of their jaw changes. Fortunately, there is a cost-effective and long-term way to end denture woes, and that is by using dental implants to stabilise dentures.
Dental implants are bionic tooth roots. They are made from titanium, which is chosen because it is highly compatible with the human body, and is widely used to rebuild or strengthen bones damaged in accidents, as well as in procedures such as hip and knee replacements.
Moor Park Specialist Dental Centre in London offers a range of implant treatments, including the option of using dental implants to stabilise your dentures. For patients who have lost some of the density in their jaw bone (which is the primary cause of loosening dentures) additional bone grafting procedures can often be performed.
Loose-fitting dentures cause a whole host of problems. They can severely limit your diet, often restricting you only to soft foods or in some cases even liquids. This can make it very difficult to maintain healthy eating, making it impossible to obtain adequate nutrition. Poor nutrition is linked to a wide range of health concerns, so it is best to address the problem of loose dentures sooner rather than later.
You can also find that your ability to speak or sing is also affected (famously, the Pogues’ singer Shane MacGowan allegedly had dental implants placed in order to preserve his distinctive, raspy singing voice, despite being almost as famous for his missing teeth as his song writing for many years!).
Worst of all, however, is the effect that the fear of denture slippage can have on your body image, confidence, and social life. With social isolation a particular problem for the over-75s, who are also the most likely group to wear full dentures, suddenly feeling too embarrassed to visit the family for the weekend or enjoy a night out in the pub with friends can be devastating.
Using dental implants, your dentist can permanently end these denture woes and give you back your life.