Removable dentures help address tooth loss and offers a full smile, but they also require replacement every five years on average, and could slip occasionally. For a more secure and longer-lasting alternative, your Kansas City, MO, dentist could use dental implants to secure a set that never slips, and could last for decades to come.
The Dangers of Advanced Tooth Loss
When we lose several of our natural teeth, this could mean trouble eating a variety of different foods. As a result, we could be forced to rely only on soft foods and deny ourselves access to essential vitamins and nutrients. In addition, extensive tooth loss could also make speaking difficult, impacting your ability to socialize. For others, missing teeth alters the balance of the bite, straining jaw joints and making the onset of complications like TMJ disorder or even chronic teeth grinding more likely. Finally, once the body registers missing tooth roots, it will suspend the flow of calcium and phosphorus to the jawbone around the missing teeth. Without these nutrients, the bone tissue loses mass and density, breaking down structure and leading to further tooth loss and an aged appearance!
Creating a Prosthetic
For people with several missing teeth, too much to address with a bridge or individual dental implant, a denture may be necessary. A partial addresses gaps spreads out across the smile, with new teeth set in an acrylic base that mimics the appearance of gum tissues. For those missing most or all of their teeth, we may extract the few remaining ones and take detailed impression to create a full set of dentures, with a complete row of teeth per arch. Each is designed to fit comfortably, preserving the bite balance, and of course, offer a lifelike appearance!
The Advantages of the Dental Implant Route
Removable dentures are effective, but they don’t last, could slip when you eat or speak, and don’t prevent the further collapse of the jawbone tissue. With dental implants however, we insert biocompatible titanium posts into the jaw, where they act as new roots. They stimulate the growth of one tissue to prevent further loss, and also ensure the prosthetics we attach to them could last for decades to come, possibly even a lifetime. If you have any questions about avoiding tooth loss, or addressing the gaps in your smile with an implant-secured option, then contact our team today. We want you to enjoy a complete smile once again in 2021!
Ready for a Full Smile Again?
Our team wants to help people obtain a full and functional smile again with implant dentures. To learn more about the process of creating and placing prosthetics, then schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-897-4288.