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Published on: 17 Oct 2016 by e-kalman

Facing Complete Tooth Loss? Your Options for Replacing Them

Your smile is an
integral part of your personality and it can be enormously upsetting to learn
you need teeth removing. Unfortunately many adults will face complete tooth
loss, or are already in this situation and may be wondering about the best way
forward.  Traditionally, full dentures
have been used to replace complete arches of teeth. These consist of acrylic
teeth that are extremely lifelike and which are supported in gum colored
acrylic. If you do require full dentures, we can definitely help you here at
the Cosmetic Dentistry Center, but we can also talk to you about other
solutions for complete tooth loss.

What are Full Dentures?

Dentures rest
directly on the gums and rely on the bony ridge that used to support teeth for
retention, as well as the action of facial muscles in the cheeks and lips that
will help hold the dentures in place. It does take a lot of skill to make a
great denture, as it needs to be carefully constructed to provide the right
amount of support for the cheeks and lips and it also has to restore the
correct dimensions between the upper and lower jaw. It normally takes several
weeks to make a denture and will require several visits to get its fit and
appearance exactly right. Dentures can be a good, cost-effective solution for
complete tooth loss and some people will find this choice will work well for
them. However, others may struggle.

When Are Dentures Not the Best Possible Solution?

The main problem
with dentures is an increasing lack of retention which can mean they begin to shift
position whenever you eat or try to talk which can be embarrassing and awkward.
As the dentures move around, they are more likely to create sore spots on your
gums which can make them uncomfortable or even painful to wear. Initially, a
denture may seem to fit pretty well and once you have become used to it, will
be quite easy to wear, but after a while the ridge that used to support your
teeth begins to change shape. This is due to loss of bone, as once your natural
teeth are removed your jawbone is gradually reabsorbed, as old bone cells are
no longer replaced. A lot of this bone loss occurs in the first year after
tooth loss and the pressure of a denture resting on the gums can accelerate its
loss. As your dentures begin to fit less well, it is possible to have them
relined or remade but this doesn’t address the problem of decreased retention.
Luckily, there are other choices available to deal with complete tooth loss.

What Other Options Are There for Complete Tooth Loss?

Possible options
include using dental implants to hold a denture securely in place, or using
dental implants to get rid of the denture completely, replacing it with a
complete arch of fixed teeth. Dental implants are the most modern way to
replace missing teeth and treatment is extremely versatile. Although a small
surgical procedure is required, dental implants can be a good long-term
solution for tooth loss and use tried and tested techniques that are proven to
be successful.

Implant Supported Dentures

An implant
supported denture can be a highly affordable solution for securing a loose
denture. Sometimes it is possible for a full lower denture to be supported with
as few as two or four dental implants, while upper dentures generally require a
greater number of implants. This does mean that treatment is often very
cost-effective and it’s generally possible to insert the dental implants in
such a way as to maximize use of available bone in the jaw. This approach can
eliminate the need for bone grafting prior to dental implant surgery, as this
is often necessary after a significant amount of bone has been lost from the
jaw.

With this type of
denture, it will clip onto either a bar attached to the dental implants, or on
to special attachments on the implants. It is easily removable so cleaning is
simple and patients can enjoy having teeth that will not move and which are
very comfortable to wear. However, this option does mean teeth are still
removable. If this is a problem, it could be worth considering a fixed arch of
teeth.

Using Dental Implants to Support a Fixed Bridge of
Teeth

With this option,
a bridge of teeth will be fixed firmly onto the dental implants. The bridge is
either cemented or screwed into place and can only be removed by a dentist if
for example it requires additional cleaning or some other form of maintenance.
This solution makes it easy for patients to forget about the fact that they
have lost any teeth and they can simply get on with life, while enjoying the
sensation of having teeth that are firm and strong and which make it easy to
enjoy favourite foods. This option generally requires a greater number of
dental implants, but again there are plenty of different treatments available
which include traditionally sized dental implants and mini dental implants that
have a narrower diameter.

Dental Implant Treatment Is Easier Than You Might
Think

We know some
people are put off the idea of having dental implants due to the surgery
required, but the actual surgical procedure is really quite quick. This is
because every implant treatment is meticulously planned using the very latest
diagnostic technology here at the Cosmetic Dentistry Center. Our dentists do
everything possible to make sure the entire procedure is as quick and as
comfortable as it can be. Afterwards, we can supply you with temporary teeth
while the implants heal and bond with your jawbone. In some circumstances it
might even be possible to fit your permanent teeth quite soon after surgery by using
the very latest and most effective treatment. There is certainly no need to
worry that you will be left without teeth as we will make sure this does not
happen.

Whether you are
facing tooth loss or have already had your natural teeth removed, a top rated dentist can
help you find the best possible solution for your needs. An initial
consultation and in-depth chat with one of our experienced dentists will help you
decide which option will work best and will provide optimal results. These
days, there is no need to put up with loose and uncomfortable teeth as modern
dentistry can provide everything you need to help restore your smile so you can
get on with enjoying life.

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