Full Arch Restoration: Treating Tooth Loss
By Dr. Collier on May 31, 2018
When people are missing most or all of their teeth, they can come to our Memphis, TN practice for help. We offer dental implants as well as other restorative dentistry procedures that can improve dental health and create an all-new smile that looks great.
Since tooth loss is common, especially among older patients, we want to take a moment to consider some of the issues linked to missing teeth. We’ll then go over the use of dentures for full arch restorations, and whether or not implant dentistry is a good option for your needs.
Problems Caused by Major Tooth Loss
If you are missing teeth, eating many foods is difficult, resulting a soft foods or liquid-only diet. You may be missing out on important vitamins and minerals because of your tooth loss. In addition, bone loss and gum recession occurs when you are missing many teeth since there is no root structure for these hard and soft tissues to support.
The cosmetic issues related to major tooth loss make the health issues much worse. Smiling and speaking can be a major source of self-consciousness. In addition, the area around the lips and cheeks might appear sunken in or floppier as a result of this tooth loss, altering overall facial aesthetics.
How Dentures Can Help
Full dentures are dental appliances that can replace an entire dental arch when a patient is missing most or all of their teeth. The dentures stay in place by bracing around the remaining jawbone and gum tissue along the dental arch. Thanks to this firm grip, patients are able to bite and chew again, and smile with renewed confidence.
Custom-Designed for Fit and Aesthetics
The great thing about dentures is that they are crafted by experts at a dental lab. With each denture they craft, there is extra care taken to ensure the appliance looks natural and fits the patient well.
Molds and impressions are taken of the patient’s dental arch to make sure the denture is snug without being too tight or uncomfortable. The teeth themselves will be based on dental records and current x-rays to help optimize the patient’s bite. High-quality materials are used that look natural and function optimally.
How Sturdy Are Traditional Dentures?
Dentures are quite sturdy even if they are removable. Thanks to proper molding and craft, a denture will stay securely in place while a person eats their favorite meals and engages in a conversation. Denture creams can be used to help improve the stability of a denture, which might be important for social gatherings or meals out with family and friends.
If there is any concern about loose dentures, a dentist can help make necessary adjustments or repairs.
Dental Implants to Support a Full Arch Restoration
While removable dentures are quite effective, some patients prefer getting dental implants to support their dentures. These implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically anchored into the bone and gum tissue. After months of healing, the implants fuse with the bone, allowing them to support a denture with the same level of stability as natural tooth roots.
The number of dental implants to hold a full arch restoration can vary from patient to patient. Sometimes just four dental implants are needed, while other times more implants would be prudent.
Are Dental Implants Worth It?
Dental implants cost much more than traditional dentures. Since there is oral surgery involved and involve treatment over many months, the cost of implant-supported dentures may be prohibitive for some patients. Thankfully there are monthly payment plans and financing options available.
If you are in need of a full arch restoration, our team can discuss these matters with you in greater detail during the consultation process. Whether you get a traditional set of dentures or go for dental implants, we will help you every step of the way.
Learn More About Treating Tooth Loss
For more information about full arch restorations and proving you with a healthy set of artificial teeth, be sure to contact an experience restorative dentist and oral surgeon. We are here to answer your questions and address your concerns about tooth loss and dental health.
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