Traditionally, dentures offer removable solutions to advanced tooth loss. However, what if we could offer our Olathe, KS, patients a more secure option to address advanced cases of tooth loss? In today’s blog, we’re going to discuss implant-secured dentures, as well as the importance of addressing tooth loss and maintaining a full and functional smile.
How Tooth Loss Impacts Oral Health
What happens to our smile when we lose a tooth? In addition to the obvious impact on our appearance, the body tends to respond by suspending the flow of calcium and phosphorus to the jawbone around the missing tooth. Without these nutrients, the bone tissue deteriorates and causes further tooth loss and in serious cases, an older appearance. Not to mention teeth around the lost ones tend to drift from position, causing misalignment. Finally, the strain missing teeth place on the jaw joints often means an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
There are two different types of denture. The partial address multiple missing teeth, even if the gaps are spread out across your smile. The prosthetic is held in place with metal clasps that attach to natural teeth, anchoring the new ones in place. The teeth will be created using lifelike materials, such as ceramic or zirconia.
A full replaces every tooth on one or both arches. There will be a base created from a lifelike acrylic material. Designed to mimic the look of gum tissue, the base holds the prosthetic in place with natural suction. A full row of teeth will be created using ceramic or possibly zirconia, offering a lifelike smile.
With an implant denture, we create the prosthetic as described above, ensuring the base mimics gum tissue and the teeth look natural. However, instead of relying on clasps or natural suction, we insert multiple dental implants into each arch, supporting a fixed denture that never slips during meals or speech. The dental implants also act as new tooth root, stimulating the growth of jawbone tissue by causing the body to resume the flow of nutrients. As a result, they tend to last for decades, while removable dentures must be replaced every 5 to 10 years as the jaw changes shape due to loss of jawbone density. If you have any questions about replacing missing teeth, or about our implant-secured dentures and single tooth dental implants, then contact our team today. Let us help you enjoy a full and beautiful smile!
Lifelike Tooth Replacement
We want to find the best solution for your missing teeth. To schedule a consultation and discuss our solutions for tooth loss, call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, and all surrounding communities.