In one of our previous blogs, we discussed how a partial addresses tooth loss for those with missing teeth spread out across their smile. But what if one of our Albuquerque, NM, residents has lost a majority of their teeth, or all of them? In this situation, we need more than partial. Let’s talk about the benefits of a full denture.
The Dangers of Severe Tooth Loss
Losing a substantial amount of your natural teeth could mean being forced to subsist on mainly soft foods. Over time, you deprive yourself of essential nutrients and your overall health suffers. You may also have trouble speaking clearly, which impacts your social life. Finally, without tooth roots the body no longer supplies your jawbone with doses of calcium and phosphorus. Deprived of these nutrients, the bone tissue begins to break down, leading to an aged appearance.
A Complete Prosthetic
A complete denture, also known as a full, replaces every tooth on one or both arches, restoring your smile to optimal appearance, function, and beauty. The base of the prosthetic will be created from acrylic and designed to mimic the appearance of gum tissue. The teeth will be created from natural looking materials, such as ceramic, to ensure the ability to absorb bite forces and also provide a lifelike appearance. The prosthetic itself will be based on detailed impressions and measurements we gather of your smile. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all prosthetic, each will be created specifically for your smile.
Securing Them With Implant Dentistry
Often, a full denture is removable, meaning it is held in place with suction and must be removed for cleaning and soaking. While effective, they need to be removed as your jaw changes shape, often every five years, and they may slip during meal or speech. However, we can secure a set with multiple dental implants. Not only will these never slip, but they will not have to be removed for cleaning or soaking. In fact, since the dental implants will be inserted into the jawbone and stimulate jawbone tissues, they can last decades with proper care and attention, and prevent major changes to the shape of your jaw as the body recognizes them as natural roots. The flow of nutrients resumes and you maintain your youthful facial structure. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our team today!
Have You Lost a Majority of Your Smile?
At Snow Park Dental, Dr. Mark A. Miller and our team want to help you enjoy a full and functional smile once again. Contact us today at 505-299-2979 to schedule a consultation at our Albuquerque, NM, office to discuss our solutions for serious tooth loss. We welcome patients and families from Rio Rancho, Tijeras, Los Lunas, and all surrounding communities.