If you have gaps in your smile from missing teeth, then this could lead to major complications with the health, function, and beauty of your smile. But fortunately, we can help with tooth loss, whether you have one lost tooth or need replacement for all of them. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about dental implant-secured dentures.
The Cause and Risks of Missing Teeth
Don’t ignore missing teeth, as this could mean major problems for the health and beauty of your smile. For example, teeth could be lost due to untreated cavities or infections, or due to an injury to the smile. But the advanced stage of gum disease, periodontitis, is often the most common cause of tooth loss. When you lose teeth, the body will suspend or divert the flow of calcium and phosphates that would normally reach the surrounding jawbone. Without these nutrients, the bone tissue breaks down, losing mass and density to cause further tooth loss and a prematurely aged appearance. Not to mention an increased risk of misalignment, TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding), and issues eating your favorite foods or speaking clearly.
Planning Your Tooth Replacement
To address your missing teeth, we will begin by taking detailed digital x-rays and intraoral camera images of your smile from multiple angles, so we can assess the cause and extent of your tooth loss. We can then address any underlying issues that could threaten your new teeth, and also see if additional teeth need to be removed to pave the way for your new prosthetic. These detailed images will allow us to plan the placement of dental implants, choosing the best angle and position to insert your new roots. We also use them to design and fabricate the denture, ensuring one that looks natural. Fits comfortably, and helps you enjoy better bite function and smile beauty.
Dental Implant Dentures
Once we insert your post into the smile, we will wait for the area to heal. For some, we may be able to attach the denture in the same visit. We connect abutments to the implant posts that will allow us to attach the completed denture. This will be fixed in place, no need to remove them for cleaning or soaking. Instead, they will look and function like natural teeth. For some, these could last for decades to come, or possibly a lifetime! If you have any questions about addressing advanced tooth loss with implant-secured dentures, then contact our team today.
Talk To Your Cleveland, TX Dentist About Implant Prosthetics
Whether you suffer from minor or major tooth loss, we can help you with a custom prosthetic. For more information about keeping smiles whole and beautiful, then contact your Cleveland, TX, dentist, Dr. Uhrenholdt, by calling (281) 592-1234.