If you have a few or all of your teeth missing, one solution is to have a denture. Here is how it works:
When you wear a denture for the first time it may take some getting used to when speaking or eating and chewing. It is important that you take extra care when conducting your hygiene regime so that you can avoid bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. The hygienist will be able to show you how to best take care of your denture and gums and will tell you about specialised brushes you can use to do this.
You also need to have sufficient bone density in your jawbone to receive the implants. If you don't you could have a bone graft or sinus lift to build it up, or you could opt for zygomatic implants which are longer posts that fit into the cheekbone.
There are also lifestyle factors to consider – if you smoke we will ask you to quit or cut down and if you have uncontrolled type 2 diabetes, we will ask you to address this first. This is because dental implants are much more likely to heal properly in a non-smoker with controlled blood sugar levels. The last thing we want is for you to go to the expense and trouble of implant surgery only for it to fail. We can offer support and guidance to help with either of these issues.