If you want to get rid of your dentures or find a better fitting solution, implants to anchor removable dentures or options for full fixed prostheses may be the ideal solution.
Implant treatments can also provide an immediate solution for people with severely advanced gum (periodontal) disease or heavily diseased or broken down teeth, without needing dentures.
Dentures have been used to replace missing teeth for thousands of years. Today they form the most basic type of tooth replacement. A century ago it was in vogue to have teeth removed at a young age in favour of dentures, to save on future dental treatment. However, over time we have learnt there can be some long term disadvantages and potential problems associated with this.
Full dentures replace a full set of missing teeth. Partial dentures can replace one or more missing teeth, whilst using any remaining healthy teeth to help hold them in place.
When utilising appropriate design, fabrication and artistry (such as in our practice), dentures can be made to look much more natural than what most people expect.
Skillfully made cosmetic dentures can create a major improvement from old dentures, and create an instant ‘facelift’.
Over time supporting gums and jaw bone tend to shrink (atrophy). This leads to relining or replacement being required to improve the fit. However as time passes, eventually the gum and bone can become too small to support a denture appropriately at all. This is especially a problem for lower full dentures, which simply sit on the gum by gravity. Upper full dentures have a ‘suction’ effect in the mouth by covering and compressing the soft palate (roof the the mouth), so they tend to be more retentive.
An illustration of jaw and lower face shrinkage (facial collapse) with long term tooth loss
Compared to modern dental implant solutions, dentures provide the following limitations:
For many patients suffering from the pitfalls of long term wear (loss of retention and function), there is an effective treatment available. Implants can be placed in the jaw and, following their integration, can be fitted with retentive ‘clips’ (or abutments) which stabilise an otherwise loose denture.
Due to our expertise with dental implant surgery and restoration in Perth, this is a procedure we carry out frequently at our practice, creating very effective transformative results. The dentures remain the same (they are removable and cover the gums) but stay in place better due to having fixed anchor points in the mouth.
Whilst there are different systems (and designs) available, the Locator system has proven itself as the most optimal.
The Locator implant retention system
At our dental clinic in Perth we only use the Locator system for denture stabilisation, and achieve consistently good results with this approach. Our experience has shown that this system can be a very potent treatment.
Being able to smile, socialise and chew without fear of dentures falling out or moving around is something that those of us with teeth take for granted. Stabilisation can allow patients to again experience this, and it is a lower cost solution than full teeth replacement.
Lower full dentures can be stabilised with as little as two implants placed in the front of the lower jaw (as illustrated here). Upper full systems usually require a minimum of four connection points to be stabilised.
Implant dentures is a common term that can be used to describe any full jaw (ie. upper or lower set of teeth) prosthesis involving dental implants.
Some options carried out at our practice include:
We recommend that you consult us regarding potential procedures if you: