If you have lost most of your teeth, or even all of them, then you need help to avoid issues with your ability to eat and speak. To replace your smile, you may need a full set of dentures. In today’s blog, your El Paso, TX, dentists talk about creating and placing a complete set of custom dentures.
The Impact of Total Tooth Loss
When you lose most or all of your teeth, this means you’re severely limited in the kinds of foods you can eat. Relying solely on soft foods deprives you of your favorite meals and essential nutrients too. Likewise, you could have trouble speaking clearly, and could feel uncomfortable in social situations, which harms your overall quality of life. You could also suffer from a prematurely aged appearance too, as the body will no longer send calcium and phosphates to the jawbone around slot roots, so the jaw itself loses mass and density, leading to sunken cheeks, a ptotic chin, and other signs of aging.
Creating Custom Prosthetics
To prevent these complications and return function, beauty, and health to your smile, you need a dental prosthetic. A full will replace every tooth on one or both arches. To get started, we will gently extract the last few teeth and then take detailed digital images, so we can plan the prosthetic with precision. In a dental lab, we use the images and measurements we took to design and fabricate the denture. A full contains a complete row of ceramic teeth set in an acrylic base. The base is made to mimic the appearance of the gum tissues. The teeth will be able to handle daily bite forces and pressures, and can be shaded to look natural.
Removable vs. Implant-Secured
With a removable option, the prosthetic is held in place with suction or the assistance of an adhesive. They last about 5 to 10 years, and need to be replaced as the jaw ridge changes shape and alters the fit of the prosthetic. You also need to remove them for soaking and cleaning too. But with an implant option, we attach the denture to several dental implants. This helps stimulate jawbone growth to prevent an aged appearance and to keep the jaw ridge from changing too. As a result, these fixed dentures don’t need to be removed for maintenance, and can last for decades to come, maybe even a lifetime.
TALK TO SUNNY SMILES IN EL PASO, TX, ABOUT OBTAINING A COMPLETE SMILE
When you suffer from total tooth loss, we could help with a new smile. If you’re ready to schedule a visit with our team, contact our Sunny Smiles location on N Zaragoza Rd in El Paso, TX at 915-849-9000.