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Replacing All Your Teeth: Know Your Options
Losing teeth is a serious issue that has many effects on your life. Moreover, the more teeth you lose, the worse the effects become. Tooth loss affects your abilities to eat and speak, making both incredibly difficult. When you cannot properly chew, your digestion and nutrition suffer. The quality of your smile decreases, causing your confidence to plummet.
Tooth loss also affects the health of your jawbone, leading to bone loss and a change in the shape of your jaw. This can cause the skin on your face to sag, which can then lead to wrinkles. Traditionally, missing teeth have been replaced with dentures. However, dentures have several significant disadvantages that are unappealing to most. At Dallas Prosthodontics, we can provide you with an alternative to traditional dentures with overdentures.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a modern solution for replacing missing teeth. This incredible treatment uses small titanium posts to support your replacement teeth. The posts are surgically inserted into your jawbone. As you heal, the bone fuses to the posts in a natural process called osseointegration. This process stabilizes the posts, turning them into replacement roots that then hold your new teeth securely in place.
Implants are a very versatile treatment that can replace a single tooth or several teeth. They can also be used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth, with a restoration often referred to as overdentures.
Replacing an Entire Arch of Teeth
Overdentures are a treatment used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth, whether it is the upper arch or the lower arch. Before oral surgery, any unhealthy teeth that are remaining in your jaw must first be extracted. Oral surgery is done under a local anesthetic as well as sedation, which helps you to relax during your procedure. Small incisions are made in your gums, exposing the bone underneath. Next, holes are drilled into the bone, and your posts are placed directly inside. Finally, the gums are sutured closed, and temporary teeth are placed.
Healing from your implant surgery can take up to several months to complete. During this time, we monitor your progress to make sure that your bone is fusing properly, and there are no complications. When you have fully healed, we then begin the process of making your final dental restorations.
Options for Overdentures
There are a few different options for overdentures. These include
Benefits of Overdentures
Overdentures provide several significant benefits. These include
Overdentures provide you with an incredible, long-term solution for replacing an entire arch of missing teeth, allowing you to avoid treatment with traditional dentures. For more information, and to find out if dental implants are the right solution for you, call Dallas Prosthodontics at (972) 503-7200 today.