Dental implants are the perfect way to stabilise loose or wobbly dentures.
Many patients find that dentures work extremely well for them but there are also many instances where dentures become loose, wobbly and don't fit quite so well anymore. The first port of call will be to visit your dentist to see if they can adjust the dentures or perhaps reline them to fit better.
In many cases one of the best ways to stabilise loose or wobbly dentures is to fix them to dental implants.
What are implant retained dentures?
Put simply, we normally place 2 or 4 dental implants. These have a clip on top which your denture snaps onto. You will normally hear an audible click as the denture fixes into place.
How do removeable implant overdentures work?
We would normally use 2 or 4 dental implants. They would either have a clip attached to the top of the implant which clips into the inside of your denture. Alternatively, a metal bar can be made which reaches across all of the implants, the denture can then be made to fix firmly on top of this bar.
If a bar is used the denture will normally be far more stable and rigid.
In order to decide how removable implants over dentures can work for you there are a couple of options depending on whether you want to keep your existing denture or not.
I want to keep my current denture
If you like your current denture and wish to keep it then we may be able to modify it and insert clips on the inside to fix over the new dental implants. This means you came keep the current denture which is particularly useful if you liked the way it looks and meets with your teeth on the opposite jaw.
If for any reason it is decided that a bar is required, rather than simple clips then it may not be possible to keep your current denture. It's therefore very important that you tell your dentist at an early stage that you wish to keep your current denture, plans can then be made to ensure this happen or steps can be implemented which mean that your existing denture is replicated as close as possible.
I want a brand new denture
If you want an entirely new denture then more options become available. You could choose a new denture to match in with any existing teeth or, particularly if you have noted remaining, you can choose a new lighter tooth which tend to look more youthful.
If you want a new denture we also advise that you let your dentist know what you don't like about your old denture, this is useful information which can be implemented during the manufacture of your new appliance.
These new dental implant supported dentures offer stability where new teeth are attached to two or more dental implants, making this a very cost effective option. You can chew with confidence a variety of foods and your sense of taste is unaffected. Your teeth can be removed for cleaning and the need for denture adhesives is eliminated.
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