Our previous blog touched on implant dentistry, briefly mentioning how we address advanced tooth loss. In today’s blog, we’re going to look a little closer at addressing advanced tooth loss with implant-secured full and partial dentures. With these fixed and lifelike prosthetics, we offer our Independence, MO, patients a brand-new smile.
What Happens When We Lose Most of Our Teeth?
Losing a tooth could mean a greater risk of misalignment. But losing several teeth may cause pressure on your jaw joints, leading to painful TMJ and teeth grinding-related issues. You may also have difficulties eating your favorite foods or speaking clearly. Being forced to only subsist on soft foods means reducing your nutritional intake and overall health. You may also develop an older appearance, as the body stops sending doses of calcium and phosphorus the jawbone tissue around your lost tooth. Without these nutrients, the bone tissue itself deteriorates, leading to sunken cheeks, a ptotic chin, and other signs of aging.
Full and Partial Dentures
For those with multiple missing teeth, including gaps spread out across the arch, but don’t yet require a full denture, we may suggest a partial. This contains an acrylic base with lifelike replacement teeth crafted from ceramic or other strong materials. Typically, these will be held in place with metal clasps that attach to the natural teeth. A full contains a complete row of new teeth with a base that mimics the appearance of gum tissue. These typically remain in place with natural suction. But what if instead of metal clasps and suction, we held them in place with multiple dental implants? Not only do they last much longer than traditional prosthetics, but dental implants stimulate the growth of jawbone tissue and help prevent the signs of aging that often follow untreated tooth loss. After placing them, we will attach the completed prosthetic, offering fixed dentures that never slip when you speak or eat.
Keeping Your Smile Healthy
Following your replacement, you can take steps to ensure better oral health. We will discuss methods of cleaning your prosthetic, just as you once cleaned your natural teeth. We will also talk about healthier diet options, recommend routine visits, and other methods of preserving your new smile and improving overall health. If you have any questions about implant dentures, then contact our team today.
We Want to Restore Your Smile
If you have lost a majority of your teeth, then we want to repair your smile with implant dentistry. For more information on addressing advanced tooth loss, schedule a consultation by contacting Independence Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Independence, MO, today at 816-350-0808. We also proudly serve patients who live in Kansas City, Grain Valley, Liberty, and all surrounding communities.