Have You Noticed That You Have Loose Dentures? – We can explain why!
Here at Sheen Dental we’ve been fitting dental implants in Richmond for many years and during this time many people have come to us seeking a solution to their slipping denture problems. If you’re a long term wearer of dentures or have been wearing the same dentures for several years then it’s more than likely that you are going to encounter this very same problem. This may at first seem strange especially as dentures are constructed to fit perfectly. However over time you may find that you’ll need to use your dental adhesive more regularly to keep them in place, you’ll have to be careful of what you eat, and you may even want to avoid social situations for fear of embarrassment. So why is this?
In essence it’s all to do with bone atrophy (otherwise known as bone degeneration). Loosing teeth is undoubtedly problematic enough; however what people might not realise is that when the tooth is lost, it causes the bone which once supported it to begin to degenerate.
So how does this happen?
Healthy jaw bone relies on stimulation from the tooth root to aid bone regeneration. When the root is no longer there, then rather than regenerate, the bone starts to do the opposite and will over time deteriorate. Whilst this is happening, dentures sit on the jaw line and as bone deteriorates it causes the once snugly-fitting dentures to become loose. In addition to being annoying and in some cases acutely embarrassing, it can also be painful as the denture slips and slides against the gum.
So what are the solutions?
If you want to continue wearing dentures, then you have to be resigned to the fact that they’ll need continual adjustment as your jaw bone deteriorates and eventually, they will need replacing. However what if there was a way in which you can have a permanent solution to missing teeth and one that won’t slip and slide and will never need adjusting or changing? Welcome to the world of dental implants. In Richmond, at Sheen Dental we make sure that before any of our patients undergo the dental implants they’re aware of the facts so they can make an informed decision about whether to proceed.
So how can implants help?
Firstly unlike dentures or any other form of tooth replacement they are the only type that can halt the bone degeneration process. What’s more, because the titanium implant is secured into the jawbone it starts a process called osseointegration. This is where bone tissue merges and fuses with the implant to make for a super-strong platform. Therefore, not only does it halt bone atrophy, it also re-stimulates new bone growth. Secondly implants are permanent fixtures and therefore don’t need to be removed at night or for cleaning purposes. They really are a hassle-free, long-term solution to your denture problem.
If you want to find out more information about undergoing a dental implant in Richmond, then contact Sheen Dental on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk and book your free, no obligation consultation today.