In our last blog, we looked at how bridges can address minor tooth loss. But if you’ve lost most or all of your teeth, then you may need a more substantial solution. In today’s blog, your Woodland Hills, CA, dentist talks about how our custom full and partial dentures can help you enjoy results that look natural and restore function to your smile.
The Causes of Advanced Tooth Loss
Why do we end up with large gaps in our smiles, or the loss of most of our natural teeth? We could lose teeth to advanced tooth decay or infection, or even as a result of an injury. But in most cases, advanced tooth loss is the result of periodontal disease. When the disease reaches the periodontitis stage, this could use teeth to go missing. We don’t want you to develop issues eating or speaking, or a weakened jawbone and older appearance, which is why we offer dentures to replace all of your teeth on one or both arches.
Designing Your Prosthetics
To get started, we will carefully examine your smile to assess the cause and extent of your tooth loss. Once we understand the factors behind it, we can treat any underlying oral health issues to help protect your oral health and prevent complications with tooth replacement, particularly if you’re receiving dental implants. We then extract the last few teeth and gather detailed digital images of your smile, using the images and measurements in a dental lab to design and fabricate your new dentures. These will contain a complete row of durable and lifelike ceramic teeth set in an acrylic base that looks like gum tissue.
Securing Your New Smile
For removable dentures, natural suction or the assistance of a special gel will help hold your new teeth into place. These need to be replaced regularly, and last about 4 to 10 years on average. For a more secure and longer-lasting option, we could insert multiple dental implants into the jaw, and connect the denture to them with abutments. These are fixed in place and never need to be removed for maintenance, and also never slip when you eat or speak. They can last for decades to come, possibly a lifetime. If you have any questions about how we treat tooth loss with our custom and durable dentures, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help you smile, with confidence and enjoy your favorite foods without complication!
Have You Lost Most of Your Teeth?
Our team wants to help you enjoy a complete smile with our full or partial prosthetics. Call Woodland Hills Dental Arts in Woodland Hills, CA, today at (818) 347-5124. We also proudly welcome patients from Thousand Oaks, Westlake, Encino, Sherman Oaks, and all surrounding communities.