When you have lost the majority of your teeth, then you may need a complete set of dentures. Our team can craft a set that will not only fit comfortably, but also offer a natural-looking appearance. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks now how we create your dental prosthetics and secure them for years to come.
The Long-Term Risks of Tooth Loss
When you lose all of your teeth, or most of them, this limits the kinds of foods you can eat, which then limits your overall nutritional intake. Trouble speaking clearly could occur as well. The strain on your jaw joints could also lead to complications like TMJ disorder or even bruxism (teeth grinding). The body will also suspend the flow of nutrients to the jawbone around the missing roots, which means a gradual breakdown. This loss of mass and density in the jawbone could mean an older appearance!
Crafting a Custom Set of Dentures
First, we need to take a close look at your smile. If you’ve lost the majority of your teeth, then we may need to extract the few remaining ones to prepare the smile for a set of dentures. We then gather detailed digital images and impressions with digital x-rays and intraoral cameras. We combine these to create a 3D model, one that allows us to design a set of custom prosthetics. The dentures will contain an acrylic base that looks like gum tissues, and a full row of lifelike teeth. These are made from ceramic and tinted for a natural appearance We have two options available, removable and implant secured.
Removable and Implant-Secured
A removable set is held in place with suction or a special adhesive, and will need to be taken out for cleaning and soaking. They tend to last about 5 to 10 years and need replacement once the jaw ridge changes shape, which happens due to the loss of mass and density in the smile. With dental implants, we insert multiple posts per arch, which the body relieves as new roots. This stimulates the growth of the jawbone tissue, preventing a breakdown and allowing these implants to stay in place for decades, possibly a lifetime. We then connect the denture to the, offering a fixed option that never slips and never requires removal for soaking or cleaning.
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Do You Have Questions About Dental Prosthetics?
Dentures could provide a full, healthy, and attractive smile that lasts for years to come. If you have any questions about rebuilding your smile, or if you would like to schedule a consultation today, please contact Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, at (281) 592-1234. You can also find our practice at 205 E. Houston St. Cleveland, TX 77327.