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Dentures can be uncomfortable, irritating and embarrassing.

Many people struggle to chew comfortably and even say that their self-confidence has been undermined by wearing a denture.

With advances in implant dentistry, here at Brigstock Dental & Implant Centre we now have many innovative techniques for denture stabilisation.

Dental implants can transform your comfort, self-esteem and self-confidence.

The benefits of  Implant Supported Dentures to replace multiple teeth:

  • Chewing function is improved – the denture is much more stable – reduced risk of digestive problems.
  • No more concerns about embarrassing situations when a conventional denture may drop – improved self confidence.
  • Better support for facial tissues – giving a more ‘youthful’ appearance.
  • No need for unpleasant denture adhesives or pastes.
  • The implant secured denture can be removed to ease cleaning around the implants.

The Process

The implants are titanium screws placed into the jaw, to replace original roots. Depending on the treatment, you may need between 4 and 8 implants to secure each denture in place. It’s a straightforward process which can be completed under local anaesthetic.  The implants will need three to six months to heal and bond with your jaw bone to provide a solid support for your replacement tooth.

Temporary replacement teeth are usually fitted at the same time as your implant placement, which will stay in place until the final restoration appointment.

Once your jaw has healed, an abutment will be fixed to the implant to hold your denture in place. Abutments are produced in titanium, gold or porcelain, and can come as a standard fit or crafted specifically for you. These options offer a range of aesthetics results, depending on your requirements.

Dentures are then fitted on top, to replace your missing teeth. The implant dentist will carefully match the colour of your crown to your natural teeth.

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FAQs

What is Sinus Lift used For?

A sinus lift is done when there is not enough bone in the upper jaw or the sinuses are too close to the jaw for dental implants to be placed.

There are several reasons for this:

  • Many people who have lost teeth in their upper jaw — particularly the back teeth or molars — do not have enough bone for implants to be placed. Because of the anatomy of the skull, the back of the upper jaw has less bone than the lower jaw.
  • Bone may have been lost because of periodontal (gum) disease.
  • Tooth loss may have led to a loss of bone as well. Once teeth are gone, bone begins to be resorbed (absorbed back into the body). If teeth have been missing for a long time, there often is not enough bone left to place implants.
  • The maxillary sinus may be too close to the upper jaw for implants to be placed. The shape and the size of this sinus varies from person to person. The sinus also can get larger as you age.

Sinus lifts have become common during the last 15 years as more people get dental implants to replace missing teeth.

You will need X-rays taken before your sinus lift so the dentist can study the anatomy of your jaw and sinus. You also may need a special type of computed tomography (CT) scan.

This scan will allow the dentist to accurately measure the height and width of your existing bone and to evaluate the health of your sinus.

How is a Conventional Sinus Lift done?

Sinus lifts can now increasingly be completed in a minimally invasive way with the advent of new techniques (Versah) which can avoid a more invasive conventional sinus lift procedure.

Whether this is feasible depends on the situation and the implant dentist will discuss the options with you following the CBCT scan.

Your surgeon will cut the gum tissue where your back teeth used to be. The tissue is raised, exposing the bone. A small, oval window is opened in the bone. The membrane lining the sinus on the other side of the window separates your sinus from your jaw. This membrane is gently pushed up and away from your jaw.

Granules of artificial bone-graft material are then packed into the space where the sinus was. The amount of bone used will vary, but usually several millimetres of bone is added above the jaw. Once the bone is in place, the tissue is stitched closed.

In some cases, the implants can be placed at the same time, but in some cases, patients may need to wait six months before implantation. This allows time for the grafted material to mesh with your bone. The amount of time depends on the graft material that was used.

Follow-up

After the procedure, you may have some swelling of the area. You may bleed from your mouth or nose. Do not blow your nose or sneeze forcefully. Either one could cause the bone graft material to move and loosen the stitches.

You also will be given pain medicine, an antibiotic and an antimicrobial mouthwash to help prevent infection. Most patients have only a little discomfort after a sinus-lift procedure.

You will see the dentist again after 7 to 10 days. He or she will evaluate the surgical site and remove the stitches.

After a sinus lift, you need to wait six months for the bone material to harden and integrate into your jawbone. Depending on the grafting material used, implants may be placed at the same time as the sinus lift augmentation, if the bone is very weak, then a healing period of up to nine months may be required before implantation can take place.

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