Many patients wearing dentures frequently complain about a lack of confidence in smiling and eating. This is due to the worry that their dentures will move or even worse, fall out. This can be made worse when there are not enough remaining teeth to help fix and hold a denture in place.
The latest solution is to have dental implants here at David Madruga in Marylebone in Central London, to hold dentures firmly in place, creating your full mouth rehabilitation using fixed implant dentures. They can immensely improve chewing ability, stability and help prevent bone loss while promoting denture comfort. Comfort can increase as the denture itself can be much smaller than a conventional denture.
Also, as the denture can gain support from your gums, only half the number of implants are needed to support the denture when compared to a partial implant bridge, which can be a significant saving in costs.
At David Madruga, we believe that dental implants can be more aesthetically pleasing and easier to maintain than traditional dentures. The loss of bone that accompanies traditional dentures can lead to the collapse of the jawbone and an unattractive smile, as well as making it difficult to eat certain foods.
Firstly, your dental implants, which look like little screws, are placed into your jaw. Then, over the next two to six months, the implants and the bone can bond together to form anchors for your artificial teeth. This is called the osseointegration period.
A second step of the procedure is necessary to uncover the implants and attach extensions. These temporary healing caps, along with several connecting devices that allow multiple crowns to attach to the implants, complete the foundation on which your new teeth will be positioned. Your gums will be allowed to heal for a week or two following this procedure.
Finally, full bridges or full dentures will be created for you and attached to little metal posts, called abutments. After a short amount of healing time, you will experience restored confidence in your smile and your ability to chew and speak once again.
Every case is different so your dental professional at David Madruga will work with you to determine the best treatment plan for you.