When you lose most of your teeth, or develop complete tooth loss, then major problems could arise with your quality of life and even your facial structure. To restore function and beauty to your smile, you may benefit from a complete dental prosthetic. In today’s blog, your Houston, TX, dentist will discuss how we create removable and implant-supported full dentures.
The Impacts of Total Tooth Loss
What happens to our oral health when we lose the majority of our smile? For one, you have trouble eating and may be limited in the kinds the foods you can consume, which in turn limits nutritional intake. Speaking clearly could be problematic too! Since the body stops sending doses of calcium and phosphates to the jawbone following tooth loss, the bone tissue loses mass and density, a complication that causes the bone structure to break down. You develop an aged appearance over time! To prevent these complications, you need to see a prosthetic to restore function and beauty to your smile.
The most common option is a removable set of dentures. These will be held in place with suction for the lower arch, and a special adhesive for the upper one. The prosthetic will contain a full row of lifelike replacement teeth crafted with durable and lifelike materials. We set them in an acrylic base that is designed to look like gum tissue. These tend to last about 5 to 10 years, requiring replacement as the bone tissue loses mass and density and the shape of the jaw ridge changes.
Support With Dental Implants
Instead of being removable, we could also offer a fixed option that stays in place, and never slips when you eat or drink. We insert between four and eight dental implants per arch, and then attach the prosthetic to them. Since dental implants are accepted by the body as natural roots, they stimulate the growth of bone tissue and prevent changes to your jaw ridge. As a result, your new teeth could last for decades to come, possibly even a lifetime! You then smile with confidence, enjoy your favorite foods again, and enjoy a complete smile you can’t wait to show off to the world.
If you have any questions about how we approach replacing missing teeth, or about preventing tooth loss with regular care, then contact our team today. We want to help you and your family continue to enjoy full smiles for many years to come!
TALK TO MMC DENTAL ABOUT FULL DENTURES
We want to help you avoid the dangers of total tooth loss with a custom and comfortable dental prosthetic. For more information on our lifelike and long-lasting dental prosthetics, contact your Houston, TX, dentist, Dr. Chan, by calling 713-926-8896.