Complete and Partial Dentures Fixation and Stabilisation
Dentures are removable dental prostheses that take the place of missing teeth. They are generally more cost-effective than dental implants or bridges. Depending on whether the patient has one or few remaining healthy teeth or none at all (top and bottom), he can opt for either a partial or full denture. Partial dentures are held in position by attachments to existing teeth, roots or implants. Full dentures can be put in place after removal of all teeth and are usually used by patients who are in their later years. Both types of dentures can be made to look lifelike or natural. Several trips to the dentist may be required to get a working model of the final product. Some people may not be good candidates for dentures and may instead choose implants. A discussion with their dentist regarding different options is important.
How Can Dental Implants Stabilise Loose Dentures?
Dental implant therapy has been one of the most significant advances in dentistry in the past 25 years. Hundreds of grateful denture patients have experienced an immediate improvement in their quality of life that long term denture stability brings. Several different types of implants and restorations are available. The choice depends upon the amount of bone available, the patient’s general health and restoration preference.
Implant Options for Stabilising Dentures
The most comprehensive option for stabilising loose dentures is to use All-on-Four, a technique that requires just four dental implants to hold a lower denture firmly in place. This system was developed by Nobel Biocare, one of the most highly respected dental implant companies in the world. It can produce predictable, long-lasting results and sometimes it is possible for teeth to be restored just a few days after surgery to place the dental implants.
Not everybody has sufficient bone for All-on-Four or they might be looking for a more affordable option. This is where mini dental implants can help. IMTEC, a 3M Company, introduced minimally invasive implants for denture stabilisation, revolutionising this treatment. These small diameter implants (around 2mm diameter) enable far more patients to benefit from having implant retained dentures.
The surgery to place mini dental implants is very quick, using a keyhole technique to insert the implant directly into the jaw rather than cutting and stitching the gums. The implants can be placed in just a couple of hours. Patients can leave the surgery with their denture firmly in place so they can immediately begin to enjoy the benefits of having stable teeth once more.
Call us on (07) 4191 4787 to schedule a consultation with our dentists in Hervey Bay. Our practice is located at 8/6-8 Liuzzi St, Pialba Hervey Bay QLD 4655.