Do you suffer from loose-fitting or uncomfortable dentures? Are you worried about the cost of dental implants? Read on to find out about how Blyton Dental can offer an affordable and pain-free alternative for patients with missing teeth.
What are two-implant overdentures?
Overdentures are replacement teeth that are held in place with dental implants. Unlike traditional dentures, which can move around in the mouth and cause discomfort when eating or speaking, overdentures are retained by dental implants – small titanium anchors that are permanently fixed to the upper or lower jawbone. Advances in 3-D printing and the use of dental CT scans mean that the implant placement procedure is relatively quick – there is often no need for any gum flap to be raised or for stitches after the implant has been placed.
What are the benefits of overdentures?
Overdentures offer several advantages over traditional dentures, including:
· Better digestion – Dentures are held in place using adhesives, which can cause them to slip in the mouth and cause difficulty chewing. Since overdentures are held in place with dental implants they are more stable, allowing you to chew food more thoroughly and absorb more nutrients. Foods that can be difficult to eat with conventional dentures (such as apples or carrots) are easier to chew with implant retained overdentures, resulting in fewer lifestyle restrictions.
· Improved self-confidence – When teeth are missing, the jawbone loses the stimulation it naturally receives from chewing, resulting in a shrinking process called resorption. Over time, this can give the face a sunken, aged appearance. Because implants continue to stimulate the jawbone, overdentures can help to retain your facial features and prevent resorption from occurring. In addition, patients with overdentures need not worry about loose dentures causing embarrassment in social situations, giving them more confidence in their day-to-day lives.
· Higher comfort levels – Overdentures that are fitted with implants are more secure than dentures held in using adhesives. By reducing additional movement during the process of chewing or talking, overdentures can help to prevent mouth sores and irritation of gum tissue, improve the aesthetics of your smile, and have a positive impact on both physical and psychological welfare.
Am I a candidate for two-implant overdentures?
Only a qualified dentist will be able to advise you on the best treatment to replace your missing teeth. Advancements in dental implant technology mean that generally if you are healthy enough to undergo a tooth extraction you are also a candidate for the two-implant overdenture treatment. In most cases, if your existing dentures are not too old they can be stabilised with implants without the need to remake them.
To find out more about overdentures or to make an appointment with one of our dedicated dental professionals, contact us today. We look forward to your visit.