Dentures that do not fit properly can cause a lot of discomfort. The primary goal for wearing dentures is to be able to seamlessly carry on with life’s duties and obligations without any interruptions. Whether you are a patient who already has dentures or one who is looking to get dentures for the first time, your dentist may recommend a denture stabilization procedure as means to avoid or fix loose dentures.
What Is Denture Stabilization?
The most common form of denture stabilization is through dental implants. The use of dental implants is tried and true, and they have consistently been proven to be a very effective way to fix loose dentures. There are two main options available in terms of dental implants for denture wearers, so be sure to discuss with your dentist before deciding on a course of action.
- Snap-In Denture Implants – With snap-in dentures, your dentist will anchor a couple implants where your teeth used to be. These implants have rounded ball bearings on them. Your dentures will then be perfectly aligned, with holes that go over the ball bearings. You simply snap the dentures into place, and you’re good to go! You can remove these dentures as you please.
- Screw-In Denture Implants – These implant options are more permanent than snap-in dentures, because you cannot remove them on your own. Your dentist will create a few holes in your jawline where your teeth used to be. He will then set the dentures over your jaw. Your dentures will already have pre-drilled holes that align perfectly with the sockets created by your dentist. Your dentist will then insert screws through the dentures and into the sockets, anchoring the dentures.
Why Denture Stabilization?
Stabilizing your dentures can provide many benefits, including
- Slowing of bone deterioration typically caused by the wearing of dentures
- Improved facial appearance, with a reduction in facial sagging and wrinkles
- Restoration of proper chewing, which in turn allows you to maintain a normal, healthy diet
- Speech improvement
- Increased oral comfort
- Confidence boost
- Elimination of the need to purchase adhesives
- Reduction in the number of visits you’ll have to make to fix loose dentures