A Fast and Effective Replacement for Dentures

Dental Implants used to support a full arch of new teeth at our Burton dental practice.

First of all, we would like to be clear that dentures have provided many people with replacement teeth over the years. Without them, at one time, the only alternative would have been to have missing teeth; possibly even a full arch. So, in this sense, dentures have certainly had a major role to play in restoring people’s appearance as well as their confidence.

Even though many people have benefitted from dentures, a large number of them will probably admit that it is far from an ideal solution, although better than none at all. For many, dentures have a number of flaws; namely occasional discomfort and insecurity.

Because dentures rest on the gums, they are likely to cause irritation and soreness, especially if they are not an exact fit. They also have a tendency to move around when speaking, causing the wearer to lose confidence during conversations.

Alternative to dentures

With dental implants now being more widely available, many people have replaced a partial denture with individual dental implants. This has enabled them to have a strong and effective replacement tooth rather than a tooth which is prone to movement.

What is possibly less well known though is that even a full arch of replacement teeth can be supported using dental implants. This life-changing procedure is available at Mike Allen’s Dental Practice in Burton on Trent.

Consultation

To have a full arch denture replaced by this method, you will, first of all, need to arrange a consultation at our practice. This consultation will be used to assess the situation and discuss the procedure with you. Once it has been decided to go ahead, x-rays and scans will be taken to determine the exact positioning of the dental implants. These will also be sent to a dental laboratory to prepare the implants for fitting.

On the second visit, the implants will be placed. These will then be allowed a period of time for the osseointegration to happen. This process is where the titanium implant fuses with the bone in the jaw leaving a strong foundation to support the full arch of replacement teeth

Post Procedure

Naturally, following the procedure, a certain amount of soreness is to be expected in the area of the implants. Caution is urged initially and a diet of softer foods, and even liquid ones in the very early stages, will help the implants settle in and cause less discomfort for the patient too.

We will also require you to visit us from time to time just to check that everything is progressing according to your personalised treatment plan and that there are no unexpected problems.

As the implants settle in, you will be able to eat harder foods and within a period of time, you will be able to eat with your new replacement teeth just as you would if they were your own natural ones.

For more information about using dental implants to support a full arch of replacement teeth, please call our Burton on Trent dentist on 01283 845345 and we’ll be pleased to assist you.