‘Use a fixative,’ they said. ‘You’ll be able to bite into apples again’, they said. But most people find that even with dental fixatives that are meant to glue their dentures to their gums, there is still a lot of slide and wobble going on and there’s no way at all they could chomp into an apple and not leave their teeth embedded in its flesh. Fixatives may not be the answer to the dreaded instability of dentures, but Southampton dental implants are.
Southampton dental implants were first developed to replace dentures, but over the 30 or so years that they have been on the dental treatment menu, researchers have found ways to make them more versatile. Now one of the things that dental implants are used for at dental clinics such as Smilemakers Dental Implant Clinic is to give denture wearers back their stability.
A special kind of dental implant is used, one that is much smaller than normal ones. The dentist can put them into the bone straight through the gum instead of having to cut a flap in the gum and open it up to get at the jawbone underneath.
The dentist needs to place 2-4 implants to secure the dentures; usually 2 on the bottom jaw, and 4 on the top jaw, to counteract gravity.
The implants then need to be given time to integrate with the jawbone, which takes several weeks. That done, they are fitted with special attachments that the dentures can be fitted onto, either a ball or a bar.
Patients can choose whether to get their current dentures adapted to go onto the implants, or to have a new set made. Either way works.
Usually patients continue to take their dentures out at night to rest the gums and soak the dentures in cleaning fluid.
The first step to finding out whether denture stabilisation is the answer is to go for a consultation with a dental implant surgeon. They need to look at the jawbone to see if it is strong enough to support the implants. If not, there are ways to make it so, but that’s another story.