Missing All of Your Teeth?
If you are missing all of your teeth, or you’re pretty sure you need the rest of your teeth to be removed, don’t worry. Dr. Keadle can get the bad teeth out, and put some new teeth in. In most cases, thanks to a technique that only a very few surgeons are able to perform, he can do the removal and the replacement all in the same day.
One thing’s for sure, you shouldn’t just ignore the problem. Leaving rotten teeth in your mouth almost guarantees an infection that can cause severe toothache, infection of the sinuses, or even infections of the heart and brain. And going without teeth, or using a denture that fits poorly, is usually accompanied by poor nutrition that can cause poor health and drastically shorten the lifespan.
Here are the ways that are currently available to replace a full arch of bad or missing teeth:
These are the dentures that everyone is familiar with. Dr. Keadle is very good at making dentures as comfortable and pleasing to the eye as possible. Having said that, dentures are not an ideal way to replace teeth, as they have many drawbacks and do not provide nearly the effectiveness as other methods of replacement.
If you’re worried about being without your teeth for an extended period of time while waiting on a new denture, you don’t need to be. Dr. Keadle offers immediate prosthetics that can be worn successfully directly after your extraction procedure. After a few months of healing, you will be asked to return to our office so that we can realign the immediate denture in order to create a more personalized and comfortable fit.
Snap In Implant Dentures
These are dentures with a very positive twist. They are held in place by implants that are placed into the jawbone, and have tiny snaps that protrude above the gumline. These snaps keep a denture in place and serve as a very effective substitute for denture adhesive.
Mini Dental Implants
Many patients (especially older ones) worry that they don’t have enough healthy jawbone left to accommodate the placement of dental implants. Thankfully, mini dental implants are available to anchor dentures in place successfully. Because of their smaller size, mini dental implants only require a minimal amount of jawbone structure to function, and they can even be outfitted to accommodate your existing denture.
All-on-4 Implant Dentures
Like natural tooth bridges, these bridges are fixed in place using titanium implants that are placed into the jawbone and serve as substitutes for natural tooth roots. Unlike dentures, they are placed into the mouth permanently, and unlike dentures, the biting force is transmitted directly into the jawbone, rather than pressing on the gum tissue.