Losing a single tooth can be embarrassing and increase the risk of oral health complications, such as misalignment or loss of jawbone density. If one lost tooth can cause so many problems, what about several? What do you do if you’re missing most or all of your teeth? We suggest seeing your dentist right away to discuss possible replacement options. Using dental implants, we can no place natural looking fixed dentures.
Frequently Asked Questions About Implant Dentures
Question: How does advanced tooth loss impact my health?
Answer: When you lose a majority of your teeth you must eat a diet of mainly soft foods, which can reduce your nutritional intake and impact your overall health. In addition, once the body registers a missing tooth the supply of calcium and phosphorus is suspended, causing the jawbone tissue to deteriorate. Patients then take on an older appearance due to facial collapse.
Question: How do implant dentures differ from traditional ones?
Answer: Traditional dentures are held in place with suction and must be replaced every five to ten years as the mouth changes shape. However, implant-retained dentures stimulate jawbone growth, keeping the mouth from changing and preserving facial features. Otherwise, both options have an acrylic base that resembles natural gum tissue and lifelike teeth.
Question: How are they placed?
Answer: After the doctor examines your smile an oral surgeon will place multiple implant posts into the jaw. Once the area heals, the prosthetic will be fixed to the implants.
Question: How do I take care of my new dentures?
Answer: We will provide detailed care instructions to ensure your new teeth last for many years. In fact, with proper care you can expect your implants to last a lifetime. If you have any questions about implant dentures and replacing lost teeth, then contact our office today.