We want your smile to look great and function properly, which is why we want to address major tooth loses with a custom denture. In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO, dentist wants to explain the process of designing a custom set of dentures, and how we ensure they look natural and restore function to your smile again.
The Dangers of Total Tooth Loss
What happens to our smiles when we lose all of our teeth, or most of them? A lot, and none of it is good! You could have trouble eating anything that isn’t soft, denying yourself your favorite meals and good nutrients. You could have difficulty speaking clearly in social situations, or simply feel embarrassed about your appearance. The strain on the bite balance and jaw joints could mean painful headaches and jaw pain due to TMJ disorder. The body will also suspend the flow of key nutrients to the jawbone, which allows the bone tissue to break down and cause an aged appearance.
Creating New Dentures
To combat these complications and restore beauty and function to your smile, we suggest a full set of dentures. We begin by gently extracting any remaining teeth and taking detailed digital images and impressions of your smile. We use this information to create a set of dentures. The prosthetic will contain a complete row of new teeth crafted from materials like ceramic, which look natural and absorb daily bite forces with erase. They will be set in a base made from acrylic. Your prosthetic could be removable, or supported with dental implants.
Supporting a New Smile
The removable option is held in place with natural suction, or possibly the assistance of a special adhesive. These will last about 5 to 10 years, requiring replacement as your jaw ridge changes shape. They also need to be removed for cleaning and soaking. But if we insert dental implants into the jawbone, these will act as new roots. This prevents the jaw from losing mass and density. As a result, your prosthetic can stay in place for decades or even a lifetime in some cases. The implant option never shifts when you eat or speak, and you don’t have to take them out for cleaning and soaking. You enjoy lifelike results, but they last much longer.
If you have any questions about how we treat missing teeth, then contact our team today to learn more about our prosthetic options!
Your Kansas City, MO, Dentist Offers a New Smile
We’re ready to help support a full set of dentures that look completely natural. If you would like to learn about addressing more serious cases of tooth loss, then contact your Kansas City, MO, dentist, Dr. Murphy, by calling (816) 531-8000.