When all of your teeth are missing, it is a signal to your body that the bone they are anchored in is no longer needed. The bone will be resorbed by your body. A shrunken jawbone cannot adequately support your facial muscles. This leads to what is known as facial collapse. Facial collapse can give your face a sunken or shriveled appearance and make you look older.
When jawbone shrinkage occurs, the bone needs to be built up to support dental implants. Bone grafting ca ben used to add bone density. After several months, the grafts heal, and implant surgery can be completed.
There are various options for implant-supported dentures. Snap-on dentures only require two dental implants that connect to the front of the denture base. The implants will stimulate the jawbone in the areas they are placed. If you receive additional implants (four to eight), more of the bone will be stimulated, and further bone shrinkage will be limited.
After the dental implants fuse with your jawbone, dentures will be secured to them. Meanwhile, you will be able to wear temporary dentures.
Dr. Root provides natural-looking cosmetic dentures for a smile that complements your facial features and personality. He partners with highly-skilled oral surgeons to explain your options for dental implants. The oral surgeon will perform 3D diagnostic studies to ensure optimal placement of the implant fixtures and proper support of your dentures.
If you’re interested in quality solutions to help you smile with confidence, schedule a complimentary consultation.
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