As we grow older, many of us will develop periodontal disease. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, by age 74 over 26% of us have lost all of our teeth, often as a result of gum disease and other factors. In order to address advanced tooth loss, including that caused by periodontal troubles, we offer residents of Mansfield, TX, lifelike and dependable dentures. In fact, we may even secure them with dental implants.
The Dangers of Missing Teeth
When we lose the vast majority of our natural teeth, many of us will be forced to rely mainly on soft foods. Over time, this deprives the body of essential nutrients, and impacts overall health. Others will have difficulties communicating, as tooth loss could lead to issues speaking clearly. Since the body no longer supplies key nutrients to the jawbone tissue around missing teeth, the bone tissue actually dissolves. Soon, this could lead to the appearance of aging, including the onset of sunken cheeks, ptotic chins, and other indicators of advanced age.
We may prescribe a partial if you’ve lost a significant number of teeth, but not enough to require a full set of dentures. The prosthetic will be held in place with metal clasps that attach to remaining natural teeth. The prosthetic contains the new teeth, created from lifelike materials, and an acrylic base designed to look like gum tissue. Even if you have gaps spread out across your arch, a partial offers dependable and natural looking tooth replacement. With proper care and attention, including routine homecare and regular office visits, your prosthetic can last for between 5 and 10 years before requiring replacement, and you may be able to safeguard your remaining natural teeth as well.
A full denture addresses all teeth on your upper and lower arch. Suction anchors them in place, and we create a full row of new teeth from natural looking materials. The base will be made to mimic the appearance of gum tissue. Again, these tend to last between 5 and 10 years. Replacement is necessary as the jaw changes shape over time.
The Implant Difference
What if instead of claps or suction, we support them with multiple dental implants? Inserted into the jaw, these act as new tooth roots. Not only will your dentures be fixed in place, but you also avoid the loss of jawbone tissue as the body recognizes them as natural tooth roots. Your prosthetic can last much longer if secured with implant dentistry, decades in some cases. If you have any questions, then please contact our team today.
Have You Lost a Tooth?
We have natural looking solutions to missing teeth. For more information on our strong and lifelike dental prosthetics, schedule a consultation by calling our dentist’s office in Mansfield, TX, today at 817-473-6227.