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Important message from The Smile Centre.

After weeks of uncertainty The Smile Centre has welcomed the (sudden!) news that dental practices can resume face to face appointments from 8th June.

We are currently working hard behind the scenes to make sure that everything required is in place to ensure a safe, phased return for both our patients and our team.

In the meantime please be assured we are doing all we can to work through patient lists, ensure that the correct PPE is in place for all of our safety, our team have the correct training and that the building is a safe, secure place for all. The Smile Centre prides itself on providing the highest standards which will not be compromised, we will reopen when we are confident that we are able to provide the best dentistry in the most secure environment. For now, please do not visit the practice - You can continue to call us if you have a dental emergency on 01579 342348.

Thank you for your continued patience – we will bring you updates as soon as we have them and guide you through all new processes which will be in place to make The Smile Centre the safest place for you to receive the dentistry you require.

All about implant retained dentures

Posted by on Feb 13, 2019 in dentures Cornwall | No Comments

It used to be a joke included on all British sitcoms; that granny or grandpa’s dentures would fall out of their mouth at an inopportune moment. These days, with modern implant-supported dentures, that simply couldn’t happen! Gone are the days when dentures were attached to the jaw using a combination of adhesive and suction. Gone are the days when having dentures meant you would more than likely inherit a speech impediment, as well as struggle to keep the things in place in your mouth. And also gone are the days when you had to keep your dentures in a glass by the bed overnight.

Modern dentures are anchored securely into the mouth using dental implants. They look and feel like real, natural teeth and you won’t be able to remove them. This also means there’s no chance of them ever falling out. Rather than your speech becoming less clear, it should become clearer, particularly if you’ve had dentures fitted to replace a number of missing teeth.

 

A dental implant is a single false tooth, which is fitted so securely into the jaw, the titanium root of it fuses with your jawbone. The top of the implant pokes through the gum and to this, a crown, which is designed to mimic the tooth you lost, is attached to it. Implant supported dentures consist of bridges, onto which a number of crowns in a row are attached. Each bridge is held in place with a dental implant at each end. It’s entirely possible to have a full mouthful of dentures fitted using just 4 to 6 implants!

 

Once in place, your dentures will look like natural teeth. They can be kept clean in the same way and will do everything you need teeth to do, such as smile with confidence, eat more easily and speak without worrying about slurring your words. When teeth fall out, or are extracted, it’s possible to have a replacement tooth fitted the same day. You could be enjoying the benefits of your new dentures in just a few days time.

 

The health benefits

 

Whenever you chew your food, your tooth roots are tickling your jawbone! Jawbones needs tooth roots to stimulate them in order to remain healthy. The titanium roots of dental implants will do the same thing to maintain jawbone health. If you lose a tooth and don’t replace it, then this area of the jawbone is not getting any action. The result of this is jawbone atrophy; a biological action which will have an aesthetic effect on your face, prematurely ageing you, and giving you the ‘caved in’ look that is often associated with traditional denture wearers. Dental implant supported dentures can keep you looking younger for longer.

 

Are you a suitable candidate?

 

Most people can be fitted with dental implants, but the quality of your jawbone will determine how invasive the treatment will have to be to fit them. If you visit the dentist as soon as you can following tooth loss, the procedure should be easy to administer, but the longer the delay, the more likely it will be that your dentist will suggest a little bone grafting beforehand in order to fit the dentures. If you’re interested in gaining some prosthetic teeth and restoring your smile, please get in touch. Our team will happy to book you in for a consultation.