When you have lost most of your teeth, or all of them, then a set of dentures could restore your ability to eat your favorite foods and smile with confidence. But how do we create a prosthetic that addresses total tooth loss? In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO, dentist talks about crafting full dentures.
When You Need Prosthetics
Dentures are designed to address more severe cases of tooth loss, situations beyond the capabilities of a dental bridge. A full set replaces every tooth on one or both arches. You need them when your tooth loss is severe. When this happens, we will examine your smile and see if any teeth need to be extracted. We can do so comfortably and gently, and then gather detailed digital images to design the prosthetic. Our team may also provide care to address underlying issues like gum disease, which help safeguard the prosthetic, especially if you’re receiving an implant-secured one.
Immediate vs. Conventional
The prosthetic will contain a base made from acrylic that looks like gum tissue. A full row of ceramic teeth will be included, which are designed to not only withstand daily bite forces and pressures, but look natural too. With Immediate Dentures, we craft your custom prosthetic in advance and then attach it once we extract any remaining teeth. With the Conventional option, we remove teeth and wait for the area to heal before we provide the dentist.
While removable dentures are common and effective, they need to be removed every few years and the jaw ridge changes shape, a complication of your body losing tooth roots. They also need to be taken out for cleaning and soaking periodically as well. However, we could also use dental implants to support a set of dentures. These implants prevent the jawbone from losing mass and density, as they act like natural roots. We then connect the dentures to them. The prosthetic doesn’t need to be removed for maintenance, and they can last for decades to come. For some, they could even last a lifetime.
If you have any questions about your options for addressing total tooth loss, then contact our team today to learn more. There is still time to see us to begin the process before the end of the year happens and your 2022 dental insurance benefits expire. Let’s work together to start 2023 on the path to a full and beautiful smile!
Do You Have Any Questions About Treating Tooth Loss?
We would love to help you enjoy a complete and lifelike smile. If you have any questions about treating issues with major tooth loss, then you can reach out by contacting your Kansas City, MO, dentist, Dr. Murphy, by calling (816) 531-8000.