Many people find that after wearing dentures for many years, they begin to slip and rub against their gums, causing discomfort, embarrassment, and speaking and eating complications. This is natural and usually due to jaw bone resorption, a process that occurs when the bone is no longer stimulated as it should be, and begins to break down.
This can have devastating consequences not only on an individual’s self esteem, but on their ability to eat and speak correctly as well. By making a choice to do something about uncomfortable dentures, patients can choose to improve upon their lives and to make it easier.
Dentists can use the techniques seen with dental implants in Melbourne to stabilize dentures so that they do not slide around on top of the gums. By speaking with a professional about their personal situation, patients can learn about the techniques used and how they will benefit them personally so that they can have a more confident smile.
Can anybody have this treatment?
That really depends on the overall health and wellbeing of the patient. Anyone who has lost their teeth and uses dentures can opt to have denture stabilization as long as they are of relatively good health. This means that they have no underlying oral or overall health conditions that may impede their healing when having this procedure done.
Should a patient present with some complications, they may be asked to bring their health conditions under control before continuing on with their treatment.
There are also instances where the jaw bone has receded to a point where there will not be enough bone for the titanium rod used in the treatment to be implanted. There is still hope for these individuals as bone grafts are frequently done to combat this common occurrence.
For those people who wish to stabilize their dentures because their jaw bone is receding, then a sinus lift or bone graft may be the option for them.
What is a sinus lift?
This kind of bone graft uses either human bone, animal bone or a synthetic material to add further density to the jaw bone itself so that the implant has more material to connect with. There needs to be a certain amount of matter available to ensure that the implant will be stable and secure within the jaw.
Both dentist and patient will discuss every circumstance so that they are fully aware of the advantages and any risks that may be present during the entire treatment process. Both the sinus lift and the implant procedures are minor surgical procedures and therefore will be taken seriously to ensure the greatest likelihood of success.
A popular treatment, it boasts a high success rate which will be discussed at length during the initial consultation. This is the time where a patient is able to go over any concerns they may have regarding the process for their own personal case. It is important to know the whole situation before committing so that everyone is prepared to go through the treatment plan in its entirety.
When a tooth has been lost, people can feel that their smile is incomplete. It is important to make an effort to replace that missing tooth not only to feel complete again, but to maintain an appropriate level of oral health so that other teeth and gums do not suffer.
Teeth can be lost for many reasons. The tooth may be dead. This happens when there is no more blood running to it, rendering it a non-vital tooth. A tooth can die because of injury or because of decay and needs to be removed or else cause complications.
Teeth can also be knocked out, because of an injury or an accident. These are relatively common and quite often sports related. In fact, it is estimated that 13% to 39% of all dental injuries are sport related, so dentists work a lot with avulsed or injured teeth in individuals who otherwise have healthy, strong teeth.
Healthy individuals who do not have any underlying dental or medical concerns can benefit from replacing their teeth in the long term by means of dental implants in Melbourne. Designed with no upper age limit in mind, but rather a treatment plan that works for a broad range of different issues, many different patients can come in to replace their teeth or stabilize their dentures with this very successful and popular treatment plan.
How varied are the treatments?
It can benefit people who have lost a single tooth and also works for those who have had dentures for decades. The principal point is the surgical insertion of a titanium rod that is placed directly into the jaw bone. This can be used for single tooth implants, multiple teeth bridges and for dentures, with a treatment known as all-on-four.
A dentist will be able to discuss and develop a bespoke treatment plan with any of their patients who have lost a tooth, or several teeth, and are looking to replace it in a long-term way. This procedure is known to last for several decades, so patients can rest assured knowing that they do not have to concern themselves with their missing tooth for a long time.
Are there any downsides to this treatment?
Currently, this treatment is still known to be a cosmetic procedure, therefore is generally not covered on insurance plans. It can be quite expensive, however, dentists work with their patients to come up with a finance plan that enables them to enjoy the benefits this treatment has to offer without feeling burdened by the price tag.
It is important to put one’s health and well being first and those who have had this treatment are generally very satisfied with the results.
As it is a surgical procedure, albeit minor, it has to be said that complications can arise from this. Generally, these complications are related to infection at the site, or rejection of the implant, so by monitoring the situation closely both patient and dentist can be prepared for this unlikely eventuality and work to reduce the effects.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.