By using dental implants, a dentist can put an end to many of the problems associated with traditional dentures. At Kent clinic Centre for Aesthetic Periodontics and Implantology Limited, our skilled implant surgeon can use dental implants to stabilise your dentures, meaning you will never again need to worry about them slipping out of place.
Dental implants are often colloquially called “replacement teeth”, but more accurately they are replacement tooth roots. Standard dentures and dental bridgework only replace the crowns of lost teeth, and when the roots are missing for any significant period of time, the jaw bone will start to resorb or shrink back, leading to traditional dentures becoming loose.
Resorption of the jaw bone can also alter the entire appearance of the face, giving sufferers a prematurely aged look. Dental implants actively prevent the jaw bone resorbing.
We see many patients at our Kent Dental Centre who are suffering the indignity of loose dentures. Ill-fitting false teeth can:
- Affect your ability to eat a healthy diet
- Affect the clarity of your speech
- Make you self-conscious about denture slippage, which can cause you to limit your social activities, contributing to the problem of loneliness and social isolation which affects up to one million people aged 75 and over in the UK.
Using dental implants to stabilise your dentures will end all of these problems, and let you get back to enjoying life. CAPI in Kent also offers bone graft procedures for those who have experienced bone loss, so that they can still have dental implants.
Between four and eight dental implants per jaw are used to support a full arch denture. Implants may be placed under local anaesthetic or sedation at our Kent Dental Clinic.
It is also possible to have a full-arch dental bridge affixed to dental implants. Implant-retained dentures remain removable for cleaning, whilst a bridge attached to implants is designed to stay in place permanently. For the latter option, you will clean the teeth on your bridge much like normal teeth; a Dental Hygienist can teach you any specific cleaning tips and tricks required.
Dental implants are a popular method of replacing lost teeth. Centre for Aesthetic Periodontics and Implantology Limited (CAPI) in Kent, provide advanced dental implant solutions, including those designed for patients who have already experienced some degree of resorption of the jaw bone.
Loss of bone (when the jaw bone shrinks/resorbs) is one of the lesser-known side-effects of tooth loss. It is the primary reason, alongside receding gum tissue, behind traditional dentures becoming loose. Some Dentists still view low bone volume as a barrier to treatment with dental implants. However, CAPI in Kent can treat even complex cases, so if you have been refused implant treatment by your own Dentist for this reason, you should ask to be referred to our Kent Clinic for a second opinion.
All dental implant placements at CAPI in Kent are carried out by Dr Pedja Pavlovic, who is a Specialist Periodontist with a special interest in implantology, whilst the new teeth attached to the dental implants are created by Dr Guy Stephens, our Specialist Prosthodontist.
For patients who lack bone density, a bone graft can be performed prior to the placement of dental implants. This will bulk up the area where your dental implants are to be placed, using either your own bone tissue from elsewhere in your mouth or a bone substitute. Whichever option is chosen, the new material will mesh seamlessly into the jaw bone and blood vessels.
If you are lacking bone density in the upper jaw, your implant Dentist may perform a sinus lift. This procedure utilises the sinus cavity, which your Dentist packs with bone grafting material. Both bone grafts and sinus lifts are able to be carried out at our Kent clinic.
Dental implants are made from titanium, which is osteoconductive – supportive of bone growth. This will help ensure that once your implants have been placed and a denture, crown, or bridge attached, your new teeth will stay firmly in place, providing natural function and appearance.
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