Dentures can be like little children. You never know how they are going to behave when you go out with them for important social occasions. Will they muck around at that lovely lunch with your friends? Will they start wobbling about when you are trying to have an important conversation with your financial advisor? And will they get carried away with all the fun and jump out of your mouth when you start laughing at that birthday party? If these are some of your daily concerns with your dentures, then maybe it’s time to start thinking about putting them on permanent good behaviour with denture stabilisation.
Denture stabilisation may sound like a terrible punishment regime for naughty false teeth, but it is in fact a great way to get your false teeth securely anchored to your jaw. Stabilising your dentures means you will no longer have to worry about them sliding around in your mouth and it will also allow you to widen your food choices. When your dentures rely on adhering to your gums for stability, you tend to have to stick to a soft food diet. But when they are locked into your jaws, you can add all sorts of more interesting foods to your diet.
How do we stabilise dentures?
At Enhancedental in Leeds, we use dental implants to stabilise your dentures. This is a great half-way house treatment, giving you the stability of dental implants without the expense.
All we do is put 4 mini-dental implants into your lower jaw and 6 into your upper jaw. We can insert them straight through your gums, which saves some time on the implant surgery, and reduces costs. We put special attachments onto the implants and also onto your dentures, customising them. You then snap your dentures onto the implants and you are good to go.
You need to take care for the first few months so that your new implants have time to integrate with your jawbone, but after that you will experience a wonderful new freedom. Plus, you can continue to clean your dentures and rest your gums at night as before.