Dentures were one of the first dental products invented. They have been used for many centuries to replace missing teeth, with early varieties comprising all manner of bizarre materials, from animal teeth to wood. One can only imagine what a struggle they would have been to use. Fortunately, the modern versions both look and act like natural teeth, and are designed with comfort in mind.
A modern-day dentist may prescribe a full or partial denture, depending on how many teeth need to be replaced. They can be made from all kinds of functional and aesthetically pleasing materials and will help to ensure that you can still eat healthily, speak clearly, and enjoy your social life in later years.
Sutton Implant Clinic in Sutton Coldfield offers a wide range of denture solutions to replace some or all of your natural teeth. They have found that one of the best solutions is to tooth loss is to stabilise dentures with dental implants.
Implants act as realistic replacements for missing tooth roots. This helps to keep your jaw bone strong and health, as well as keeping your teeth firmly in place. As well as helping you eat and speak as if you had natural teeth, implants help to avoid denture sore mouth and issues such as oral thrush, which can make your gums beneath your dentures painful.
It is a shrinking jaw bone that can cause traditional dentures to become loose, which means that most people who wear such false teeth have to revisit their dentist to have them relined, adjusted, or even entirely remade – sometimes more than once.
In that sense, dental implants ought to be viewed as an investment. Whilst they may appear more expensive than traditional dentures at first, when you factor in the number of visits to the dentist for adjustment you may require with a standard denture, combined with ongoing costs such as denture cement, implants start to sound much more cost-effective.
Placing dental implants requires minor oral surgery, and the full integration process takes approximately six months. You should be able to continue wearing your old dentures during healing, after they have been adjusted.