Dentures. The very word can strike fear into the hearts of many. But are dentures really that bad considering the alternative? The answer is obviously no. Although of course it would be preferable to have your natural teeth, for many reasons, including decay, health problems and accidents, people are left without their teeth which is neither very healthy nor aesthetically pleasing.
Dentures represent the genuine alternative to having a mouth without teeth and they really have come a long way in the last twenty years. Most of us have probably had relatives who have had false teeth and know what the old dentures were like: unrealistic, bulky and uncomfortable. And then there was the embarrassing moment when they came out at exactly the wrong time. Well modern dentures are completely different.
Made from new types of plastic, modern dentures are light weight, well fitting and more realistic than ever. A good set of modern dentures will fit over the gums without the need for denture adhesive, which can be messy and prevent the eating of certain foods. For patients who are still concerned about loose dentures there is the option of having mini-implants fitted to act as a secure base for the dentures. This involves placing a series of small screws into the jaw, which when set are able to keep the dentures in place by attaching to small clips.
These mini-implants represent just one of the innovative ways denture technology has improved over the past few years, addressing the issues that many denture wearers have expressed concern about over the years. Find out more from your London W1 dentist.