We’ve looked at bridges and partial dentures, but what if you suffer from the loss of all of your natural teeth? With a complete set of dentures, we offer a full smile with either removable or implant-secured options. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist will look at how we design and craft a set of complete dentures.
The Dangers of Total Tooth Loss
When you lose most, or all, of your teeth, this could limit the kinds of foods you can eat, which in turn limits nutritional intake. You could also have trouble speaking clearly or feel, embarrassed about your smile’s appearance, both of which negatively impact social interactions. The body will respond to your missing tooth roots by suspending the flow of certain nutrients to the jawbone, which over time cause the bone tissues to lose mass and density and break down. You could develop an aged appearance, and also lose any remaining teeth as well. But addressing the issue with a denture could restore the function, health, and beauty of your smile, so you once again smile with pride and confidence!
Designing Your Denture
Each one is custom-made, which ensures a proper fit, a balanced bite, and greater security. We also take steps to ensure good esthetics as well. To begin, we will see if many remaining teeth need to be extracted. Next, we will gather detailed images and measurements of your smile with digital technology. We use the information in a dental lab setting to design and fabricate a prosthetic. There will be a full row of teeth crafted from strong and durable materials, such as ceramic, and also color-matched to look natural. They will be set in a base that looks like natural gum tissue, and is created from acrylic.
Removable vs. Fixed
We have two options for supporting your new smile. The most common is removable, held in place with either suction or the use of a special adhesive. These will need to be removed for cleaning and soaking, and last about 5 to 10 years on average, requiring replacement as your jaw ridge changes shape. We also have a fixed option with dental implants. We insert between four and eight dental implants per arch, which stimulate the growth of bone tissue and prevent changes to the jaw ridge. We then attach the prosthetic to them. You never have to remove them for cleaning, they never slip, and they can last for decades to come!
Do You Want a Full Smile Once More?
Our team is ready to help you enjoy a better oral health and function with a prosthetic. For more information on our custom prosthetics, or to schedule your appointment with our Des Moines, IA team, contact Gateway Dental Group by calling 515-244-9565 today.