When you are missing a few of your adult teeth, you may feel self-conscious and have some trouble eating traditional foods. However, if you are missing an arch, you can not only have trouble eating, but you also will likely be upset about how you feel about your appearance. When you are missing an entire arch, also known as your upper or lower teeth, you may think your only restoration option is dentures. However, there are more advanced options available to consider. Here are some things to consider if you need an arch restoration:
What Is a Full Arch Restoration?
A full arch restoration utilizes dental implants to restore the teeth. Implants are placed into the jawbone to fuse and form a strong bond. Each new tooth needs its own implant to restore the arch. A dentist uses restoration dentures, as opposed to traditional dentures, to restore the arch. Each implant has its own restoration denture. This method is preferential to traditional dentures as they fit more snugly, decrease discomfort, reduce the possibility of slipping, and prevent soreness.
Once your arch is restored, you can take care of the implants just like natural teeth. Simply brush them twice a day, floss daily, and see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.
Are You a Candidate for a Full Arch Restoration?
If you are missing most or all of your upper or lower teeth, you might be a good candidate for full arch restoration. Whether you lost your teeth due to an injury, decay, or an infection, the teeth should be restorable with an arch restoration.
If you have had traditional dentures for years, you can opt to upgrade to a full arch restoration. You do not have to have had recent tooth loss to be a candidate for full arch restoration. Replacing dentures with an arch restoration creates a more comfortable, more natural denture alternative.
For best results, you need to have a strong jawbone that can sustain dental implants. The primary issue with waiting too long after tooth loss is the degradation of the jawbone. Natural teeth stimulate the jawbone and keep it strong. When the natural teeth are missing for a long time, the jawbone can degrade and thin out. This can make implanting new teeth more difficult. However, you can opt for bone grafting in the jaw to make it strong enough to fuse with an implant.
Up until a year ago, I did my best to keep my teeth and gums clean. But after securing a new job, I began to work late into the night and didn't have the time or energy to brush and floss before I retired to bed. My busy schedule and poor dental hygiene finally affected my teeth and gums. After experiencing severe pain in several of my teeth, I made an appointment with my dentist. My dentist examined my mouth and discovered three large cavities in my molars. After four long weeks, my dentist finally completed my dental work. I learned a very painful lesson during that time. No matter how busy you are, always brush and floss. I started this blog to inform other people about the importance of good dental care. I hope you find the time to read it. Thanks for visiting.