Implants And Dentures
While tooth loss is a natural part of life, having a gap in your smile can dip confidence. We always recommend that you replace missing teeth as gaps can cause your other teeth to start to shift out of position, causing problems with your bite and how your teeth mesh together. There are plenty of options at Distinctive Dentistry for replacing missing teeth so you can choose what is best for your budget and lifestyle.
Implants are titanium posts that, when placed in the jaw, act like tooth roots. Titanium has a fantastic property where it can biologically fuse to bone, making it perfect for replacement teeth as well as other uses in health care.
Implants can be used to support crowns for individual missing teeth. The ceramic crown is colour-matched and custom-made to look exactly like a natural tooth. Implants are strong enough to support more than one replacement tooth and can support bridges. Multiple implants can also be used to support a full mouth replacement.
What is involved in the treatment?
We first need to check your bone density before we can arrange for the implant treatment. Implants need plenty of bone to fuse to for them to be long lasting. Once we know that you have a healthy jaw, we plan for the treatment.
Individual implants for replacing single missing teeth are placed in the site of the original tooth. If an implant is supporting more than one replacement tooth, it’s placed in a strategic location where it can provide the most support.
Once the implants are placed, they fuse through a process called osseointegration. This can take a few months. When a strong bond has formed, we arrange to take impressions which are used to create the replacement teeth.
For the fitting, we make sure your new teeth blend in before fitting them in place with cement. Implants can last as long as natural teeth as long as the gums and supporting structures are kept healthy.
Removable dentures provide a reliable and functional solution for multiple missing teeth. Made from a variety of materials, dentures fit in the mouth and look and function just like natural teeth. Dentures can either be partial, where they replace a few teeth in a smile and use the existing teeth as a support, or complete.
Dentures come with a host of benefits, including helping to improve how you eat and speak, as well as boosting your confidence by restoring your smile. They can also enhance facial shape, especially around the lips and in the cheek area.
What is involved in having dentures made?
Following a comprehensive consultation, we take impressions of your mouth so we can gather accurate measurements for the lab. A final set of dentures will be made, and, when ready, you will be invited in for a fitting.
If you are having complete dentures, these will be fitted in the top or bottom of your mouth. This complete denture will consist of a gum coloured arch with a set of prosthetic teeth attached. Partial dentures will be used if you only have one or a few missing teeth and may be held in place with metal hooks attached to existing teeth.
It can take a little while to get used to your new dentures, especially if they are a complete set. They may feel odd at first and eating can be tricky, so it may be a good idea to start with softer foods and slowly introduce more challenging items. The amount of saliva in your mouth may increase, but this should soon improve as your mouth gets used to your replacement teeth.
Initially, speaking may be difficult but you can improve this by reading aloud. If you are experiencing any sore spots in your mouth, the denture surface may need some adjustment.