Same day dental implants as an alternative to dentures.
We have all seen the comedy sketches or cartoons where a person sneezes and their set of dentures fly out across the room. In reality, of course, this extreme version never (presumably!) happens, but loose and uncomfortable dentures are a fact of life for many wearers.
For these people, the discomfort of sore gums and potential embarrassment in public is certainly no joke. Although many may feel that they have little option but to put up with it, a modern solution, known as an ‘all on four’ or ‘teeth in a day’ can put a stop to loose dentures once and for all.
To replace a full arch of dentures, whether top or bottom, it is necessary to first of all place dental implants in the jawbone. Instead of replacing each individual tooth though, usually four, or occasionally five or six, dental implants are placed into the jaw. The two front dental implants are standard and are placed at the usual ninety degree angle. The rear implants are typically bespoke implants that are placed at a carefully calculated angle to provide maximum support. The system is very flexible and can often be used for patients with reduced bone density without the need for a bone graft.
Once the implants are in place; unlike regular dental implant placement, they can be used almost immediately. A fixed bridge of replacement teeth is attached to the implants and once this has been completed, the patient is able to leave our Clapham Junction dental practice with a brand new set of stable and secure replacement teeth.
Although, in theory, the patient is able to eat normally straight away, there is almost certainly going to be some soreness in this area for a short time and we would advise a gradual return to a normal diet. Liquid or soft foods such as mashed potatoes or soft pasta are excellent foods in the early stages and will mean greater comfort for the patient whilst also allowing the implants more time to become fully integrated with the bone.
It shouldn’t be long though, before the patient is able to eat a normal diet once more with the confidence that their replacement teeth will be able to cope with it. No more loose or uncomfortable dentures also means that social occasions can be more enjoyable without the worry of dentures moving around in the mouth.
If you would like to discover more about how dental implants can be used to replace dentures, whether full arch or partial, call the Confidental Clinic in Clapham Junction today on 020 7801 9060.