Full Mouth Reconstruction
Effects of Missing TeethLosing your teeth has many effects on your life:
Traditional Full DenturesTraditionally, missing teeth have been replaced with full dentures. Full dentures are a removable prosthesis that consists of acrylic resin teeth that are set firmly into a gum colored acrylic base. Your dentures are designed from impressions of your mouth. The base is made to sit directly on your gums, relying on the tissue for support.
While dentures have come a long way in recent years, looking more natural and feeling less bulky, they still do have some major disadvantages. They require additional care. They can slip out of place. They also cannot stop bone loss in the jaw, which means that your jaw continues to change shape. Because your dentures do not change with your jaw, it becomes necessary to have them replaced every few years.
Replacement With Dental ImplantsDental implants are a more modern treatment for replacing missing teeth. They can be used to replace any number of missing teeth, including an entire mouth. This treatment uses small titanium posts that are surgically implanted into the jawbone. The bone fuses to the posts as you heal, stabilizing them in the jaw. The posts are then used to provide support for your replacement teeth.
A typical restoration for a single arch uses 6 to 8 posts implanted into the jawbone to support all of your new teeth. However, the posts rely on sufficient bone mass for success. Without it, implants can fail. This used to mean that a bone graft, another surgical procedure, would be needed. Today, however, a full arch of missing teeth without sufficient bone mass may be a candidate for the All-on-4® Treatment Concept. This treatment uses only 4 posts to support your teeth, and these posts are placed strategically within your jaw so that they can make maximum contact with the bone you do have left.
Replacing your missing teeth is essential for restoring their functions as well as your overall quality of life. Call OHIOSmiles at (740) 630-9797 today to schedule your consultation and learn what option is best for you.