When people think of dental implants, they often assume the procedure mainly addresses individual lost teeth. However, if you lose multiple teeth, or even a majority of them, we can use this unique treatment option to secure a fixed denture. How do implant dentures help smiles in Omaha, NE, and when should you talk to your dentist?
The Causes of Severe Tooth Loss
We may lose a tooth for a number of different reasons, from injuries and accidents to advanced tooth decay or infection. However, the most common cause is gum disease. The advanced stage of the disease, known as periodontitis, actually destroys the tissues connecting the teeth and gums. The teeth become loose and eventually fall out. Once you lose a tooth, the body responds by suspending the flow of calcium and phosphorus to the surrounding jawbone. Without these nutrients, the bone tissue itself deteriorates, which leads to further tooth loss and eventually, an older appearance.
In order to restore your ability to eat and speak without complication, we need to replace your missing teeth. For cases in which several teeth are missing from across your smile, we may suggest a partial, which is held in place with metal clasps that attach to natural teeth. For total tooth loss, a full set of dentures replaces every tooth on one or both arches. The removable versions of these prosthetics tend to last between 5 and 10 years, but if we secure them with dental implants we have a fixed version that could last much longer.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
We insert multiple dental implants into your jaw, which we attach the denture to. Since the dental implants will be recognized as natural tooth roots, the body resumes the flow of nutrients to the jawbone, preserving your smile and facial structure, and helping your teeth last for decades. We then attach the prosthetic, offering a fixed version that never slips. Your new teeth will not only look natural, but last much longer than traditional removable dentures. If you have any question about our implant dentures, or about preventing or addressing tooth loss, then contact our team today. Let’s help you enjoy a full and healthy smile, one you’ll be proud to show the world.
Pacific Hills Dental Provides Fixed Dentures
At Pacific Hills Dental, our team would like to offer strong and lifelike dentures for our patients with missing teeth, helping them enjoy optimal oral health and appearance once again. To make an appointment to address your tooth loss and discuss our implant-secured dentures, call our Omaha, NE, dental office today at (402) 330-2243. We proudly treat individuals in Omaha, NE, and all of the surrounding areas, including Papillion, La Vista, and Millard.