When you have lost several of your natural teeth, you may need more than an individual tooth replacement. Instead, you could use a set of dentures. But to provide longer-lasting and more lifelike options, we could secure them with dental implants. In today’s blog, your Rochester, MN, dentist talks about implant dentures.
The Impact of Complete Tooth Loss
When you lose your natural teeth, this could alter how you eat. As you now rely solely on soft foods, you deprive your body of essential nutrients. In addition, clear speech could be difficult as well. As the body stops sending calcium and phosphates to the jaw around the missing roots, this causes a breakdown in the structure. As you lose mass and density your smile, you develop a prematurely aged appearance, with sunken cheeks and even the risk of a ptotic chin. But with dental implants, you can not only replace the teeth, but stimulate the growth of jawbone tissue to prevent these negative changes to your smile’s stability and facial structure.
Preparing Your Smile
First, we will take a close look at your smile and remove the last few teeth with a tooth extraction. Next, we take detailed digital images of your prepared smile, so we can plan the placement of your dental implants with precision and accuracy. We want to insert these biocompatible titanium post at specific positions and angles to stimulate the growth of jaw structure and also support a complete set of dentures with ease.
Inserting New Roots
Our team first guides these posts into place, and they will bond with the jawbone through a process known as osseointegration. This allows them to act as new roots, and ensure they can last for decades to come, possibly a lifetime. In comparison, removable prosthetics typically only last five years, as the jaw ridge is changing shape and this requires periodic replacement. Once the placement area heals, we will attach abutments to them to support the denture. However, in some cases we can do this in the same visit.
The denture portion is custom-made for your smile, ensuring it looks natural and provides a balanced bite and proper chewing function. We attach the denture to the abutments on the implants, securing it firmly in place. Since this is fixed, it will never slip or require removal for cleaning/soaking. If you have any questions, then give us a call today!
TALK TO YOUR ROCHESTER, MN DENTIST ABOUT IMPLANT PROSTHETICS
Our team wants to help you enjoy optimal oral health and a smile that inspires confidence. If you would like to find more about treating your advanced tooth loss, or if you wish to book an appointment at our location, call Greenview Cosmetic And Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN at (507) 281-3659.