Missing All Upper or Lower Teeth
Losing teeth has a significant impact on every aspect of your life. The more teeth that you lose, the greater the effects. When you lose an entire arch of teeth, more than just your smile is impacted. It becomes more challenging to bite and chew, which can significantly impact your digestion and nutrition. Your speech suffers, making it more difficult to communicate effectively. Your jawbone begins to lose mass, weakening and changing shape. At Keith A. Boenning, DDS, we provide the treatment you need to replace an entire arch of missing upper or lower teeth, restoring the functions of those teeth and improving your life.
Dentures have been the solution for an entire arch of missing of teeth for hundreds of years. They are a removable prosthesis that consists of false teeth set into a rigid base that sits directly on your gums, which provide support for the entire restoration. Dentures have undergone numerous changes over the years. These changes have helped to improve fit and functionality.
More modern changes have also helped to greatly improve the appearance of dentures, making them look much more like real teeth. Today, a full denture consists of acrylic resin teeth and an acrylic base. The teeth are made to look exactly like your real teeth. The base is also made to match the color of your natural gum tissue. These features help to provide a much more natural restoration of your smile.
Dental implants are a modern alternative to traditional dentures. The treatment uses small titanium posts, which are surgically placed into your jawbone. As you heal, your bone fuses to the posts in a process called osseointegration. This process essentially turns the posts into strong, stable roots that hold your new teeth firmly and securely in place. Implants have many applications and can be used to replace an individual tooth, multiple teeth, or even an entire arch.
Options for Full Arch Restorations with Implants
There are many different types of full arch restorations using dental implants, making this treatment available to many different patients. Common types of full arch restorations include
If you are missing both arches of teeth, you can opt for dentures for both arches or implants for both arches. However, dentures can be unstable and require special care each night. Implants are more invasive and more expensive. It is possible to combine dentures and implants. With this option, a denture is often used for the upper arch of teeth while implants are used for the bottom arch.
Replacing an entire arch of missing teeth can help to greatly improve your smile, your oral health, your overall health, and your life. For more information, and to find out which option is best for you, call Keith A. Boenning, DDS at (410) 828-1717 today.