We recently explained how a bridge could help replace missing teeth, and how dental implants could ensure the prosthetic lasts for years to come. In today’s blog, we continue this conversation by explaining the way your Olathe, KS, dentists use dental implants to support a set of dentures that will never slip.
Losing Jawbone Mass and Density
What happens when we begin to lose our natural teeth? The obvious is a gap in your smile. But you may not realize this gap could lead to complications like misalignment, TMJ disorder, or even bruxism. But one major complication, one that could be addressed with implant dentistry, is the loss of the mass and density in the jawbone. Once the body notices there are not tooth roots, it suspends the flow of key nutrients to that portion of the bone tissue. Over time, the tissue then loses mass and density, a development linked to further tooth loss and an aged appearance!
Designing a Denture
While prosthetics that are removable help restore function and beauty, they don’t slow the rate of jawbone density loss. However, inserting dental implants to support a fixed prosthetic could stimulate the growth of bone tissue once again, safeguarding your smile and your overall facial structure too. To start the process, we need to take detailed digital images and impressions, as well as thorough measurements too. We use these items to help us design the prosthetic in a dental lab setting. Using lifelike materials, we have an option that blends with your smile, preserves your facial structure, and can absorb the bite forces needed to ensure proper function.
We will insert between four and up to eight dental implants per arch. We then attach abutments that will enable us to secure your finished denture. The prosthetic won’t need to be removed for soaking and cleaning, and will never slip when you eat or speak. You will be able to eat your favorite foods again as well!
Since the implants act as new roots, your dentures don’t need to be replaced every few years. Instead, they could last for decades to come, possibly even a lifetime! If you have any questions about how we handle tooth loss, or about the process of creating a lifelike denture, then contact our team today. We want to help you enjoy a full, functional, and attractive smile in 2021.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT DENTURES?
Our team would like to help you continue to enjoy a functional and whole smile with our implant prosthetics. For more information on replacing missing teeth, or to schedule a dental consultation, call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, and all surrounding communities.