Traditionally, dentures have been used to restore missing teeth and enable patients to chew and speak properly. There is even archaeological evidence suggesting that the ancient Egyptians used dentures to replace their missing teeth. However, modern dentures were developed in the 19th century and since then, they have undergone many changes.
Patients tend to use dentures because they are more cost-effective than dental implants. Yet, dentures are not fixed into the jawbone and tend to become loose and unstable over time. Fortunately, modern implant techniques allow patients to restore their missing teeth with a combination of both methods at a fraction of the cost. Stabilising dentures with dental implants in Birmingham is gradually becoming more popular as more dentists, including Sutton Implant Clinic, are offering this treatment.
Fillings in the gaps
Dental implants are small metal posts that allow patients to restore the function and aesthetics of their missing teeth. Modern dental implants in Birmingham come in different types and sizes, but they are usually made of titanium. This metal has the ability to attach to the jawbone and create a strong and stable foundation for replacement teeth. These can be fitted to the dental implants either directly after the surgery or after a healing period has occurred. Alongside being a replacement for missing tooth roots, dental implants also have the ability to stimulate the growth of new bone tissue.
Securing dentures with dental implants in Birmingham
Patients with many missing teeth can benefit from denture stabilisation with dental implants. The same applies to patients who have been wearing regular dentures for a long time and want a more stable and comfortable option. Implant-supported dentures come in different types and can be either fixed or removable, but they all serve the same purpose: stabilising false teeth in the mouth and preventing them from becoming loose over time. Plus, dental implants protect the jawbone from natural deterioration, a process that starts after tooth loss.
Implant-supported dentures can be secured into the jawbone with the aid of two or more dental implants (usually up to four). These dental implants have special clip-on mechanisms to ensure that the denture stays safely in place.