A bridge and partial are not the only options for addressing missing teeth. For more severe cases, we can provide a complete smile again with a complete set of dentures. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist looks at how we treat tooth loss, and the difference between our removable and implant-secured options.
Preparing Your Smile
If you’re missing the vast majority of your teeth, we may need to gently extract the last few teeth so we can place a full denture. The process could take as little as 30 minutes, and we take steps to ensure you’re relaxed and comfortable. Once we remove the teeth, we will take detailed digital images to create a 3D computer impression, which enables us to design and craft the prosthetic with precision and accuracy.
Crafting a Custom Prosthetic
Using the impressions and images we gathered, we will create a complete set of prosthetics tailored for your bite, ensuring a comfortable fit and a lifelike appearance. The prosthetic will contain new teeth set in an acrylic base, which is designed to look like gum tissue. The teeth will be created with a ceramic material, ensuring it can be shaded to blend with the smile and offer a lifelike appearance.
Removable and Implant-Secured
In many cases, the prosthetic will be removable, meaning it is held in place with suction of the lower arch, and a special adhesive for the upper one. This option lasts about 5 to 10 years, and needs to be replaced as the jaw ridge changes shape. They also need to be taken out for cleaning or soaking too. However, we could also insert multiple dental implants per arch and connect the denture to them. With this option, the dentures are fixed in place and never slip when you eat or speak. The implants help preserve the shape of the jaw ridge, so they can last decades or even a lifetime. You also never need to remove them for cleaning or soaking!
We will assess the state of your jawbone and your overall oral health before deciding which option is best for your smile. If you have any questions about our removable full dentures or our implant-secured complete dentures, then contact our team today to learn more. We want you to enjoy a full smile again!
Do You Have Any Questions About Prosthetics?
Our team can provide removable or implant-secured options to treat advanced tooth loss. If you have any questions about the options we have for a full 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.