Implant Telescop Denture

 

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Background

Mr B suffers from a very heavy bite, which over the years had led to a general poor condition of his teeth, both in his upper jaw and lower jaw. Although several teeth needed to be extracted, Mr B was keen to retain some of his remaining teeth. The strategy adopted was to keep only three teeth in his upper jaw and place a further three locator implants. In his lower jaw six locator implants would also be inserted. The procedure would utilize Telescopic Dentures.

Treatment

Developed back in 1968 by a German professor, this technique offers a really affordable alternative to other implant retained denture systems. For us at the Surbiton Smile Centre we were able to have a much faster laboratory turnaround time, which helped Mr B as well.

As Mr B had enough teeth remaining in his mouth, our dentist was able to prepare these teeth with a drill so that a ‘crown’ could be fitted over each tooth. This crown is in a shape of a cone with a 5o taper and is not the normal bell-shape of a natural tooth. These inner caps (called primary crowns) were then permanently cemented over the prepared teeth and also onto the abutments of the implants. An outer cap (called a secondary crown) was then placed on top which looks like a natural tooth and combines with the denture. The outer cap intimately slides over the inner cap, just like the rings of a telescope. When they are pulled apart resistance can be felt. Thus, our constructed telescopic denture is held in place by friction, enabling ease of cleaning and simplicity of denture repair if required. In Mr B’s case there were a sufficient number of outer caps incorporated into the body of the denture, therefore eliminating the need to cover the palate (roof of the mouth).

Dental Implant

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Background

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.

Treatment

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

 

Background

Mr H came to the Surbiton Smile Centre initially with the problem of a loose bridge. He avoided smiling as his teeth had been damaged in a rugby game several years previously causing his front teeth to be shunted forward. He had also lost a tooth on the upper right side, which had been replaced by a cantilever bridge supported by his top-right canine.

Unfortunately, this canine was fractured, and the entire bridge fell out. Upon examination it was found that his upper-left incisor was also infected and needed to be extracted. Mr H had developed the habit of clenching his teeth, which had over the years, worn down the surfaces of all his teeth.

Treatment

Taking time to talk with Mr H, he revealed that he did not like the appearance of his teeth. He said that he tried to stop himself smiling and always made sure that he kept his lips closed when he talked. Mr H asked if there was any way to improve the look of his teeth. He was aware that he had not smiled for a long time. Mr H was assured that it was possible to restore his teeth and give him, once again, a healthy, natural smile.

A cost-effective Treatment Plan was devised that took into consideration his wishes and budget. It was to be a multi-disciplinary procedure, which would require a long-term commitment from Mr H, but would in the end fully reconstruct his mouth.

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