A modern dental clinic will work with patients to prevent problems occurring in the first place, particularly those involving issues of hygiene, and to offer cosmetic treatments designed to give patients the bright white smile they’ve always wanted.
There are many ways in which a state of the art dental clinic can work to transform the appearance of a patients smile. Teeth which are grey and stained can be brightened using bleaching agents and halogen lights, a crooked smile can be straightened using a clear plastic brace which nobody else will even know you’re wearing and chipped or damaged teeth can be covered with veneers which restore their appearance and hide any unsightly problems.
In some cases, however, particularly when the use of crowns and bridgework can’t provide a permanent solution, a patient may opt to have damaged or painful teeth removed and dentures fitted in their place. Whilst dentures often provide a useful solution to problems of this kind, many people do still experience problems with dentures which can’t be held securely in place. This is more prevalent when considering dentures which sit on the bottom jaw, since lower dentures have a tendency to be much less stable. One way around this problem, however, is to have dental implants with dentures resting on top of them, clipped or fastened securely into place. Dental implants are small titanium pins which can be attached to the bone of the jaw. The fact that the pins are made of titanium means that, over a period of three months or so, they will actually grow to become organically attached to the bone of the jaw itself. This organic connection means that the implant, just like an actual natural root, will provide a permanent and very strong anchor for whatever is attached to it.
Implant supported dentures tend to work in two different ways. Some of them are bar retained; this means that four or five implants are planted in the jaw and a thin, curved metal bar is attached to these implants. The denture will then be clipped onto this bar. The other method is known as the ball retention method. The implants will each have a small metal ball on top and this ball will snap into place in a socket on the underside of the denture.
No matter which method is used, the best dental implants treatment will invariably begin with a thorough examination, during which your dentist will decide whether the bone of your jaw is sturdy enough to hold the implants. If it isn’t, then your dentist may opt to improve things by applying bone grafts to the jaw in question, although this will lengthen the period the treatment takes by several months. The surgery behind the implants generally involves two stages. The first is the implanting of the stud in the jaw bone. Following the wait for it to become attached to the bone, the second surgical step will be incisions which uncover the top of the implants. Following the healing process of the gum which meets the edges of each implant, your dentist will make an impression of your gum and use this impression to make the framework of the denture and your new teeth. Care for your dentures will include cleaning both them and the attachments every night when they are removed, and regular check-ups with your dentist will ensure that the dentures and attachments wear well and that any small movements aren’t creating sore spots on your gums. The end result of treatment such as this will be dentures which are much more stable than those which simply sit on the gums and are therefore far less likely to shift or slip out of your mouth, two things which will hugely broaden the range of foodstuffs you can go on to eat.
Having your dentures attached to implants means that they are held in place in a manner which is highly strong and permanent. The problems which used to be associated with dentures, such as difficulties speaking and eating, become a thing of the past, as does the social embarrassment which was once par for the course.