When you suffer from severe tooth loss, this means you’re missing most or all of your natural teeth. To restore your smile to optimal function and beauty, and to ensure a lifelike appearance and chewing capability, then you may need a set of dentures. In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO, dentist talks about how we rebuild smiles with our full dentures.
The Dangers of Severe Tooth Loss
When you lose the majority of your teeth, or all of them, this could mean severe limitations on what kinds of foods you can eat. Not only does this deprive you of your favorite meals, but also limits nutritional intake. You may also experience difficulty speaking clearly, or may feel embarrassed about your appearance, which has a negative impact on your social interactions. The jawbone will also lose mass and density due to missing teeth, and this could lead to a prematurely aged appearance.
Immediate vs. Conventional
With Immediate Dentures, we create your prosthetic before you arrive and secure it once we extract any remaining teeth. With Conventional, we extract the last few teeth and then create and place the dentures in a follow-up visit once the area heals. Regardless of the option you receive, the denture itself will be custom-made for your smile to ensure a comfortable fit, balanced bite, and of course, a lifelike appearance. The prosthetic contains new teeth set in a base made from acrylic, which will look like gum tissue. We use durable and lifelike materials to craft each new tooth, so they look and act like natural ones.
Removable vs. Implant
The traditional options are removable, meaning suction keeps the lower set in place and a special adhesive is used for the upper set. These last about 5 to 10 years before requiring replacement. We could also secure them with dental implants, so they stay fixed in place. The implants then act as new roots, preventing a breakdown in the jaw. Without the loss of mass and density in the jaw, your new teeth have the potential to last for decades to come, possibly even a lifetime. To find out which one is right for you, we will take a number of factors into account. If you have lost multiple teeth or possibly all of them, then please see us right away. We want to help you find the right option to restore health, beauty, and function to your smile again. If you have any questions, give us a call!
Do You Have Questions About Our Prosthetic Options?
Our team is ready to help you obtain a complete smile again. Learn more about how our team replaces one or more missing teeth with a prosthetic by scheduling an appointment by calling Plaza Family Dentistry in Kansas City, MO, at (816) 531-8000.