Our last blog looked at a lifelike solution for advanced tooth loss. But what if you have lost all of your teeth, or nearly all of them? In these situations, you may need a full prosthetic. In today’s blog, your Bedford, MA, dentist may suggest a full set of dentures that are removable, or possibly a fixed option secured with natural-looking dental implants.
Addressing Total Tooth Loss
When we lose the majority of our teeth, this could mean serious problems for our overall health. Since missing teeth often force us to rely mainly on soft food options, this could deprive us of not only our favorite foods, but a number of key nutrients too. In addition, you could feel embarrassed in social situations and may have trouble speaking clearly. Since the body suspends the flow of calcium and phosphorus to the jawbone around lost teeth, the tissue loses mass and density. Over time, loss of mass and density in the jawbone could mean an aged appearance!
Often, to restore function and beauty to your smile, we suggest a removable denture. We start by removing any remaining teeth and taking detailed impressions and measurements of your smile. The information is then used to design and fabricate the prosthetic. The denture will contain an acrylic base that mimics the appearance of gum tissue, and a full set of lifelike teeth that can absorb daily bite forces. Suction or adhesives will hold the denture in place. They may need to be replaced about once every 5 to 10 years, as the shape the jaw ridge will change due to loss of mass and density.
The implant option doesn’t need suction or adhesives. Instead, we insert multiple dental implants into each arch. The body then recognizes them as tooth roots, resuming the flow of nutrients to prevent loss of mass and density. As a result, the jaw ridge doesn’t change, so your dentures can last for several decades, possibly a lifetime! Once we attach the prosthetic to the implants, they will be fixed in place, never slipping when you eat or speak, and never needing to be removed for cleaning or soaking. For this reason, many people prefer the implant-secured option. If you have any questions about addressing missing teeth with a lifelike and durable prosthetic, then contact our team today.
We Offer Renewed Beauty and Function with Prosthetics
Don’t let near-total tooth loss lead to complications and poor oral health, talk to our team about your options. We have a number of selections to help you enjoy your best possible smile. To learn more about our custom prosthetics, then schedule a consultation by calling Kennedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bedford, MA, today at (781) 275-0200.