Despite our best efforts and intentions, denture wearers, in some circumstances and for a variety of reasons can suffer with loose or what may seem like poorly fitting dentures.
Symptoms can be:
- Soreness and discomfort
- Difficulty in speaking
- Difficulty in chewing, eating and swallowing
- Painful gums, ulcers or bleeding
- Bad breath or a strange taste
- Clicking noise when eating
Other symptoms can be related to not chewing our food properly. Poor fitting dentures can eventually lead to a change in diet and a decline in nutritional intake and well-being over time.
Dental implants are commonly known to support crowns or bridges to replace single or multiple teeth. However they can also be used to help support and retain dentures from underneath. Making dentures more secure in this way gives sufferers back confidence to smile and be social once again.
In the lower jaw the minimum recommendation is 2 dental implant fixtures to stabilise a full denture. In the upper jaw, a minimum of 4 dental implants are required to support a full denture.
Further to this, it is possible to convert the denture component into a fixed bridge secured to a minimum of 4 dental implants (All-on-4), although 5-6 fixtures are preferred.
There are various connector types and designs which your dentist can recommend after a full and thorough examination of your oral tissues, occlusion, available space, condition of any existing dentures if you have any and ultimately your wishes and expectations.
In some instances your existing dentures can be modified to sit over the dental implant connectors. However it is more often than not more sensible to make new dentures from scratch soon after the dental implants are placed.