Last week, we looked at how we treat complicated cases of tooth loss with a set of partial dentures. But if you’re missing most of your teeth, or possibly all of them, then you need a more substantial prosthetic. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist talks about how full dentures provide a complete smile again.
Addressing Your Advanced Tooth Loss
Major tooth loss means the few remaining teeth can drift from position and cause misalignment. You could also have trouble eating a variety of foods, and may notice difficulty speaking clearly too. Not to mention the gradual loss of mass and density in the jawbone due to tooth loss could cause an aged appearance! To address these concerns and return function, health, and beauty to your smile, you need a full set of dentures. To get started, we may perform a gentle tooth extraction to remove the last few teeth. We then take detailed digital images so we can design and craft the dentures!
Each set we provide is custom-made, ensuring a comfortable fit and a lifelike appearance. The prosthetics will contain a complete row of new teeth, each made from materials like ceramic, so they can absorb bite forces and also be color-matched for a natural appearance. They’re set in an acrylic base that mimics the appearance of gum tissue. We want you to be able to smile with confidence again following treatment!
Removable and Implant Options
We could support them two different ways. The most common is removable, when means they’re taken out for cleaning and soaking. These tend to last about 5 to 10 years, as they need replacement once the jaw ridge changes due to the loss of mass and density. However, we could also insert multiple dental implants into the arch and attach a denture to them. These are fixed in place and never need to be removed. The implants stimulate the growth of jawbone tissue, so you preserve your facial structure and your prosthetics can stay in place for decades to come, possibly even a lifetime. Our team will perform a thorough examine to decide which option is best for you.
If you have any questions about addressing tooth loss or about treating minor or severe cases of missing teeth, then contact our team today to get started with an initial consultation. We want to help you and your family enjoy good oral health and full smiles.
YOUR DES MOINES, IA DENTIST CREATES CUSTOM PROSTHETICS
We would like to help you enjoy a functional and attractive smile again with our custom dentures and more. If you have any questions about creating a set of lifelike and durable prosthetics, then contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565.