When you have lost several of your teeth, this could impact everything from how you eat to your ability to speak clearly. To address these lost teeth and prevent negative changes to facial structure and jawbone strength, you need dental implant dentures. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about starting your path to fixed dentures.
The Impact of Total Tooth Loss
Losing all of your teeth, or most of them, could lead to serious complications with your oral health. First, the jawbone is deprived of calcium and phosphates once the body registers a missing root. Without these nutrients, the jawbone loses mass and density, breaking down to cause a prematurely aged appearance. You could also have trouble speaking clearly or even eating anything other than soft foods. You may also feel self-conscious about your appearance as well. Which is why our team recommends addressing your tooth loss quickly!
Prepping Smiles for Implant Placement
To begin, we will carefully examine your smile with digital x-rays and imaging software. We can assess the cause and extent of your tooth loss to see if you need underlying oral health issues managed first. Our team will also see if you have any teeth that need to be treated, and we then do so quickly and comfortably. We will also choose the best angle and position to insert your new roots. These will be in the form of a dental implant post, made from biocompatible titanium. Digital technology will guide these into place, where they can bond with the jawbone structure. We could use as many as six to eight per arch, or as few as four, depending on the state of your jaw.
Attaching Your Denture
Once we insert your new roots, abutments can be added to the posts that extend above the gum line. We then attach your denture to them, which fixes it in place. The denture portion will be custom-made to not only offer a lifelike appearance, but a comfortable fit that allows you to eat your favorite foods again. Being fixed in place means they don’t need to be removed for cleansing or soaking. They can last stay in place for decades to come, possibly even a lifetime! If you have any questions about how we address more severe cases of tooth loss, or about the benefits of a fixed set of dentures for people missing most or all of the teeth, then contact our team today to learn more.
Talk To Your Cleveland, TX Dentist About Completing Your Smile
Our team is here to help you enjoy a full smile once again. For more information about addressing tooth loss, then contact your Cleveland, TX, dentist, Dr. Uhrenholdt, by calling (281) 592-1234.