When you have lost most of your teeth, receiving a set of dentures could help restore function and beauty. For a more stable and longer-lasting option than removable prosthetics, we could support them with dental implants. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about implant dentures.
What Follows Tooth Loss
When we lose our natural teeth, a number of serious complications could begin to occur. For example, your nearby teeth could drift from position as a result of the empty space in your smile, leading to dental misalignment. The stress on your jaw joints from imbalance brought on by tooth loss could mean the onset of TMJ disorder and bruxism (chronic teeth grinding). As you lose more teeth, you could find yourself limited in your meal options, and even speaking clearly could be difficult. You also risk a prematurely aged appearance, as the body suspends the flow of key nutrients to the jaw around the lost teeth, causing it to lose mass and density. This means further tooth loss, and eventually, impacts like sunken cheeks and even a ptotic chin.
Inserting Your Dental Implants
But we can not only fill the gaps in your smile, but use dental implants to prevent these changes to your jawbone and facial structure. Each implant post is made from a biocompatible titanium material, which the body accepts as natural tooth structure. This enables osseointegration to occur, bonding them together like natural roots. Your new post could then last for decades to come, possibly even a lifetime. For dentures, we could insert between six and eight per arch, or as little as four in some cases.
Attaching Your Prosthetic
For some, we may need to wait for the placement area to heal, while others may be able to receive their dentures in the same visit. The prosthetic portion is custom-made to ensure it not only looks natural, but also provides a durable chewing surface and proper bite balance. We will attach abutments to the posts, which extend above the gum line and provide structure to connect your finished prosthetic. You know have a denture that will never slip, and will never need to be removed for cleaning and soaking. In addition, you have one that instead of requiring replacement every five years, could last a lifetime.
If you have any questions about restoring your smile with our fixed dentures, then contact our team today to learn more.
Talk To Your Cleveland, TX Dentist About Fixed Prosthetics
We would like to help you smile with confidence once again with our secure and long-lasting dental prosthetics. For more information on addressing major tooth loss, then contact your Cleveland, TX, dentist, Dr. Uhrenholdt, by calling (281) 592-1234.