What are dental implants and when are they used?Dental implants are a modern solution for patients with missing teeth and can be used as an alternative to dental bridges and dentures. Implants are made from titanium, which is a biocompatible material. This means that once the implant is placed inside a socket in the jaw bone, it can integrate into the actual bone tissue. Integration facilitates enhanced stability, which means that the new tooth offers the same level of strength and functionality as a healthy natural tooth. Dental implants are suited to most people with missing teeth, as they are compatible with various different restorations including bridges, dentures and single crowns.
Everything you need to know about implant-retained denturesImplant-retained dentures are secured by dental implants. With this treatment, you can enjoy all the benefits of implants and dentures combined. Sometimes, people have issues with dentures, such as a poor fit, irritation and limited ability to enjoy a wide range of foods. With implant-retained dentures, none of these issues are a concern and you can enjoy peace of mind that your denture is completely stable. Implant-retained dentures may be advisable for patients who have experienced problems with traditional dentures in the past or those who have a large number of missing teeth. Implants are built to last for many years and provide the closest match to natural teeth. If you’d like to find out more, simply call reception or pop in and book an appointment.
The beautiful benefits of our modern denturesWe use only the finest materials and are fortunate to work with highly skilled dental technicians. As a result, our modern dentures don’t just look great, they also offer all the functional benefits of healthy strong teeth. We offer partial and complete dentures for all your tooth loss needs and our modern dentures offer the following benefits:
- natural looking aesthetics
- impressive bite power
- comfortable fit
- increased confidence
Assessment for modern day denturesAfter assessment, if dentures are suitable, individuals have choices in the type of denture they may prefer. Using dental impressions and images, dentures are custom-made. Time may be needed for gums to heal from extraction before temporary dentures are provided. The bespoke dentures are then fitted and adjusted, providing fully functional teeth with a natural smile.
Options in modern day denturesIndividuals are offered choices in dentures for partial or full teeth replacement. Partial, immediate and complete dentures may be:
- acrylic resin bonded to metal base
Wear and care of modern day denturesDentures are designed for daily wear, approximately eight hours per day. Dentures may be soaked in a cleansing solution or lukewarm water overnight and cleaned with a soft-bristled brush, allowing gums to rest overnight. Following dentist-recommended guidelines for oral hygiene practise, denture care and repair allows patients to get the best out of their dentures for longer-lasting results. If you are interested in having dentures please contact Clifton Dental Studio in Bristol today for a consultation.
- Practice reading out loud: it can take a little time to get used to speaking with dentures, so try reading out loud and practising talking during the first few days.
- Stick to soft foods at first: at first, it may feel slightly odd when you try and eat with your new dentures, but you will soon get used to them and eating will become second nature. For the first few days, we recommend sticking to soft foods such as yoghurts, scrambled eggs, soup and mashed potato. As you become more comfortable with your denture, you can start introducing slightly harder foods. It’s best to avoid anything sticky, such as chewy sweets, when you have dentures.
- Use both sides of your mouth when you eat: avoid eating on one side of your mouth only, as this will create an imbalance. Try to chew using both sides, take small mouthfuls and chew slowly until you have become accustomed to eating with your dentures.
- Drink plenty of water: it’s a good idea to drink lots of water when you first get your dentures, particularly at meal times and after eating.
- Wear your denture every day: it’s important to wear your denture every day so that you get used to it quicker and to reduce the risk of gum recession and bone loss.