When you suffer the loss of several natural teeth, this could mean you need a prosthetic to avoid problems eating or even speaking clearly. To address these complications, we may suggest a denture. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist will look at three unique options to replace lost teeth and restore your smile.
Creating a Denture
A prosthetic helps restore balance to your smile, preventing complications like difficulty eating or speaking, misalignment, or in the case of the implant-secured options, the loss of mass and density in your jawbone, a complication linked to further tooth loss and an aged appearance. To ensure proper fit and balance, and a lifelike appearance, each one will be custom-made based on detailed digital images and impressions we take of your smile. In a dental lab, this information is used to create the prosthetic, and we also implement lifelike materials as well, so you once again feel proud to smile!
Full and Partial
If you have several gaps in your smile, which prove too much for a bridge but not enough for a full denture, then we could prescribe a partial. The prosthetic contains new teeth set in an acrylic base, all designed to mimic the appearance of natural teeth and gums. A metal clasps, unseen when the prosthetic is worn, attached to natural teeth to ensure your new ones firmly in place. The denture is removeable and will require cleaning and soaking. The full replaces every tooth on one or both arches, and again consists of lifelike materials creating the gum-like base and lifelike teeth. Suction or adhesive will hold the new dentures in place, and they will be removable for maintenance. But options tend to last 5 to 10 years, requiring replacement as the jaw ridge changes shape with time.
But what if instead of relying on clasps, duction, or adhesives, we attached a prosthetic to multiple dental implants inserted into each arch? The dental implants will be seen by the body as natural roots, which stimulates the growth of new bone tissue and prevents changes to the ridge shape. As a result, once we attach the prosthetic to them, you have a fixed set of dentures that doesn’t need replacement after only a few years, but instead could last decades with proper care and attention. No need to remove them for soaking either, and you never need to worry about slippage during meals or speech. If you have any questions, give our team a call today!
Do You Have Questions About Prosthetics?
We would like to help you enjoy a full smile following your tooth loss, which is why the team at Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX offers custom-made replacement options. Contact our office at (281) 592-1234 to schedule your appointment today.