What if your tooth loss is too substantial to be addressed with a bridge or a partial denture? To restore your smile to optimal function and beauty, we may suggest the creation of a full denture. In today’s blog, your Richfield, MN, dentist discusses the benefits of our full dentures, and the difference between our removable and implant options.
Treating Total Tooth Loss
Losing all of your teeth, or a vast majority of them, could lead to major issues for your oral health, not to mention your appearance. For example, the body will suspend the flow of calcium and phosphorus to the jawbone itself. Depriving the jawbone of these nutrients means the loss of jawbone mass and density and the onset of an aged appearance. Trouble speaking and eating could arise as well, leading to poor overall health. Finally, you could be embarrassed about your appearance too, leading to difficulty with your social life.
Creating Your Prosthetic
To start, we will gently extract the remaining teeth and then take detailed impressions of your smile. Using these images and impressions we take; we can design and fabricate the prosthetic. A removable denture contains an acrylic base, one that looks like gum tissue. There will also be a full row of teeth, created from strong and lifelike materials like ceramic, which can be tinted to blend with your smile. Natural suction or a special adhesive will hold the prosthetic in place. The denture will need to be replaced about once every 5 to 10 years, as the fit is altered due to changes in the jaw ridge.
Securing Them With Dental Implants
We could also secure them by placing multiple dental implants into each arch. We then attach the prosthetic to it. The dental implants act as new tooth roots, so the body responds by providing a new flow of nutrients and preventing loss of mass and density. As a result, the denture could last for decades to come, even a lifetime in some cases. You never have time move them for cleaning or soaking, they’re fixed in place. They will never slip when you eat or speak too! If you have any questions about addressing serious cases of tooth loss, or about our removable or implant-secured dental prosthetics, then contact our team today. We want to help our patients enjoy full and beautiful smiles!
Your Richfield, MN Dentist’s Office Discusses Prosthetic Dentistry
At our Richfield, MN dentist’s office, we want to help people with one or more missing teeth obtain a lifelike and long-lasting dental prosthetic. To find out more about treating tooth loss that is both minor and severe, then please call Cedar West Family Dentistry at (612) 861-7188.