Partial dentures are not the only option for addressing more severe cases of tooth loss. Your Des Moines, IA, dentist can help patients with total, or near-total, tooth loss by creating a custom-made denture. In addition, we also have the ability to secure them with advanced dental implant technology!
What Happens Following Total Tooth Loss?
When we lose the majority of our teeth, this could make speaking clearly difficult, impacting our ability to socialize. For others, being forced to rely only on soft foods puts their favorite meals out of reach, and denies their body crucial vitamins and minerals. Another impact is on the facial structure itself. The body no longer supplies key nutrients to the jawbone around missing tooth roots. Over time, being deprived access to these nutrients means the bone tissue begins to break down. The loss of mass and density then means negative changes to facial structure, leading to a noticeably aged appearance.
Creating Complete Prosthetics
A complete set of dentures will replace every tooth on one or both arches, and placing them with dental implants as opposed to opting for a removable option offers additional benefits. To create the prosthetic portion, which people see when you smile, we take detailed impressions and measurements of your smile, which allow us to then design and fabricate the finished product. The denture will contain a full row of new teeth, crafted from materials like ceramic, which ensures a natural appearance and the ability to absorb daily bite forces. They will usually be set within a base made from acrylic and designed to look like gum tissue.
Placing Dental Implants
If we secure them with dental implants, we insert multiple dental implants into each arch. They will bond with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration, which stimulates the growth of jawbone tissue and prevents an aged appearance. This also allows the prosthetic to stay in a place for decades, instead requiring replacement every ten years like removable ones usually do. The prosthetic will never slip when you eat or speak, and you don’t have to take them out for soaking or cleaning, they’re fixed firmly in place! If you have any questions about tooth loss, or about addressing your missing teeth with either a removable or a fixed implant denture, then contact our team today. We want to help you enjoy your best possible smile, and that means making sure it remains whole and functional!
We’re Ready to Transform Your Smile
Our team is ready to help transform a smile’s healthy and beauty by replacing multiple missing teeth. To learn more about our approach to crafting a new prosthetic, then schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, at (515) 244-9565.