Am I Eligible for Denture Stabilisation?

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Dental implants are an invaluable asset to any modern dental practice, providing a means by which dentures and crowns can be stabilised for huge benefits. People with dental implants can access more foods as the improved stability of their artificial teeth allows for greater bite strength and improved chewing. Implants also confer increased comfort and convenience, and with proper care, can last many years, if not a lifetime.

If you are interested in obtaining dental implants, either for yourself or for someone else, then you may be wondering whether or not the procedure is suitable for you and your particular situation. In this article we look at the criteria which you might need to meet to make use of this remarkable dental technology.

What criteria do I have to meet for dental implants?

Dental implants are used as stabilising tools for artificial teeth, and as such are not used in isolation. In order to have dental implants, you will probably need to have dentures or crowns planned for future fittings on to the implants.

Generally speaking people with weaker gums, perhaps due to gum disease, or bones can benefit from implants. In these cases, the fact that implants are left to fuse with the jawbone lends them strength, and offers stabilisation and support where the natural structures of the mouth are not suited to supporting and maintaining dentures or crowns.

Many types of dental implant require multiple sites into which the titanium attachments are placed. In some cases, as many as 10 implant sites are needed, and all of these will need to possess a certain amount of bone to be considered viable for the placement and fusion of an implant.

Tooth loss can sometimes lead to a progressive loss of bone in the jaw. This is because the bone density (the term used to refer to the amount of bone material at a point in the body) of the jaw can vary depending on how much stimulation it receives.  Teeth exert pressure on the jawbone through their use in biting and chewing, and this signals to the body that a certain amount of bone is needed to maintain good health. When teeth are lost, so is this signal, which can leave the jawbone vulnerable to a process called resorption, in which the body basically cannibalises bone from the jaw for use elsewhere.

This can leave a jaw lacking in the bone needed for certain types of implants. Fortunately there are implant technologies which don’t need that much bone, and in most cases, if you are not suited to one set of implants you might be eligible for variants like all-on-4 implants.

Good oral hygiene is considered important with regards to a candidate’s suitability for dental implant surgery. It is important that good hygiene is maintained after the procedure to prevent infection, and to ensure the success of the surgery. If a candidate has poor oral hygiene, then chances are he or she will be told that it may not be worth their while to pursue what is a costly and potentially risky procedure.

Ultimately the best way to find out whether or not implants are for you is to contact your dentist and get their opinions on the matter.

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