When you have lost a large number of missing teeth, then you will need a denture to restore function and beauty. But what if instead of a removable denture, we could offer a fixed version? In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO, dentist talks about how we use multiple dental implants to support a set of dentures.
The Dangers of Your Missing Teeth
Losing a significant number of your natural teeth could mean major problems for your smile. For example, you could have trouble eating and will be limited in the types of foods you can consume. Speaking clearly could be problematic, and you could feel uncomfortable with the appearance of your smile. The remaining teeth could drift to cause misalignment, and the changes to your bite’s balance could mean the onset of painful jaw joint disorders like TMJ disorder or even chronic teeth grinding (bruxism). To avoid these issues, you should talk to our team about possible tooth replacement.
Full and Partial Prosthetics
A full set of dentures replaces every tooth on one or both arches. A full row of teeth will be crafted form ceramic, and able to absorb daily bite forces and pressures. We insert these teeth into an acrylic base that is crafted to look like gum tissue. The teeth will also be deigned to look natural too! Suction holds the lower arch in place, and the upper one may need assistance from an adhesive. A partial denture addresses multiple gaps across the smile for those who don’t yet need a full. Again, the teeth will be inserted in an acrylic base, but metal clasps will secure them in place. Both are usually removable, and need to be soaked and cleaned periodically.
Support with Our Implants
Removable dentures that rely on suction and clasps will often need to be replaced about once every five years, as your jaw ridge will change shape. This happens as the jaw loses mass and density following tooth loss. But by placing dental implants into the jaw, we stimulate the growth of the bone tissue to prevent these changes. We then attach the prosthetics directly to them. They’re now fixed in place, never moving and never requiring removal for cleaning. They also have the ability to last for several decades to come, or possibly even a lifetime with proper care and attention.
If you have any questions about supporting a new smile on multiple dental implant posts, then contact our team today to learn more.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT IMPLANT PROSTHETICS?
Our team wants to help you find the best solution for your tooth loss. To learn more about we address unsightly gaps in your smile, then schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-897-4288.