Implant Over Denture

Mr J came to us asking for nice solid teeth, fixed in place. Before we could begin implant treatment for him, he needed periodontal treatment in his lower jaw. We also needed to work with him to stop smoking. He was really positive and cooperative and together we spent several sessions treating his gum disease. Mr J was referred to hygienist for regular maintenance and managed to stop smoking before his implant treatment.

The solution we developed for Mr J was both sophisticated and elegant. After four months, he had two implants placed in his lower jaw and four implants in his upper jaw. The upper jaw implants were constructed with a bar, and a beautiful and comfortable denture without a palate was made to click onto the bar. Mr J’ confidence came flooding back – the change is remarkable. It gives us great pleasure to see the boost that high-quality dental treatment brings our patients, allowing them to regain their happiness and confidence.

 

Dental Implant

95dbe7b1-fed4-481d-b7c0-bc15e22efe5c Mrs W’s denture had become loose because of bone loss in her jaws. There was not sufficient bone to hold her denture in place and she couldn’t eat comfortably. Because it constantly threatened to fall out, socialising was embarrassing for Mrs W and she was very unhappy.
The only solution was to build a new implant-retained denture for Mrs W. With our dental expertise and technical knowledge, we fixed with four implants in her upper jaw and three implants in her lower jaw, as well as making the new dentures. With them snugly fitted, Mrs W looked happier and healthier with fewer wrinkles around the mouth. Now she could eat everything without any stress, talk and smile with confidence, and socialise in comfort.
Her life is revitalised and she shines when she smiles. Mrs W has had her denture for the last three years and still attends the dentist for her annual check-up. It is great feeling for the Surbiton Smile Centre team to see how our efforts and care improve the quality of our patient’s lives.

Dental Implant

Mr H first came to Surbiton Smile Centre in 2006 with a loose bridge. He was a smart-looking gentleman, but seemed shy and avoided smiling. His teeth had been damaged in a rugby game several years previous – his front teeth were shunted forward and he had lost a tooth on the upper right side, which had been replaced by a cantilever bridge supported by his top-right canine.

Unfortunately, the canine was fractured and the entire bridge came out. His upper-left incisor was infected and needed to be extracted, and Mr H also clenched his teeth, which wore down the surfaces of all his teeth. Taking time to talk with Mr H, he revealed that he didn’t like his teeth. He said that he tried to stop himself smiling and made sure to keep his lips closed when he talked. Mr H asked me if there was any way to improve the look of his teeth. He had not smiled for a long time. I assured him that it was possible to restore his teeth and give him, once again, a healthy, natural smile.

Mr H and I worked closely together to devise a cost-effective personal treatment plan that took into consideration his wishes and budget. It was to be a multi-disciplinary procedure, which would require long-term commitment from Mr H, but that would in the end fully reconstruct his mouth. Typically, the first stage of a long procedure is to improve general oral hygiene, starting with our dental hygienist training Mr H in preventative care.

Then, the upper-right canine and upper-left incisor were extracted, and the decayed and damaged teeth restored. The second stage involved orthodontist treatment to straighten the teeth and align them in the upper and lower jaw. Good oral hygiene was maintained during this period by visits to the hygienist every three months. Mr H wanted to keep his healthy teeth intact and only replace the missing teeth. Building another bridge would have required shaping the teeth adjacent to the gap, so according with Mr H’ wishes we positioned implants for his missing teeth.

In the fourth and final stage, three crowns were placed on the implants and the back teeth were reconstructed. Due to his clenching and grinding, and a large filling, they had worn unevenly and given him an unbalanced bite. It was crucial to stabilise Mr H’ bite to reduce the risk of overload on his teeth and new implants. Excessive load can cause implants to fail or teeth to break. We provided Mr H with a personalised mouth guard to wear at night, which would relax his jaw muscles and help him to reduce the grinding and clenching.

All his back teeth were restored with metal-free ceramic crowns. Mr H is an amazingly cooperative patient. His treatment now over, he regularly attends the hygienist four times a year and comes twice year for a routine dental check-up. It is a great feeling for our team at the Surbiton Smile Centre to see this nice man smiling once again with confidence, meeting our eyes and facing the world with pride.

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