When are Complete Dentures the Right Choice for Replacing Missing Teeth

Have you lost one or more teeth to accident, decay, or gum disease (periodontitis)? Tooth loss can be a progressive issue, eventually leading to complete toothlessness (edentulousness). Fortunately, there are options for you to help maintain and restore your smile.

At Westchester Smile Design in Yonkers, New York, Dr. Shay Markovitch and his team provide solutions for patients with tooth loss, including complete smile restoration with All-On-4 implant-supported dentures. You can recover from tooth loss and have a brilliant functional smile once again!

The cascade effect of tooth loss

Your arch of teeth in the upper or lower jaw is like a bridge. Losing even just one tooth compromises the supporting structure of the whole arch. When a tooth is lost, the bone in your jaw below the missing tooth starts to slowly dissolve, since it is not being stimulated by the tooth root. 

Your adjacent teeth start to drift into the gap, becoming loose as bone loss continues. Eventually, they also fall out, and the cycle continues. As tooth loss progresses toward complete edentulousness, your face can lose form and starts to collapse inward, since the teeth and supporting jawbone no longer hold up your features.

If you only have one or two missing teeth, a dental implant can help stimulate the bone. A crown (restoration) or a bridge (partial denture) attached to the implant can keep teeth on either side of the gap from drifting. However, at a certain point, periodontal disease and progressing tooth loss may mean you need to consider complete dentures.

All-on-4 dentures

Dr. Markovitch often recommends All-on-4 as a solution for patients who are missing multiple teeth. Instead of a single implant for every tooth lost, only four implants per arch are needed. These titanium posts are placed into the healthiest, strongest parts of your jawbone, and a complete denture is fabricated and anchored to the posts. In some cases, this can be accomplished in a single day!

The result is a full arch of teeth that looks, feels, and functions like your original teeth. Your face will be filled out and your smile restored. Depending on your amount and location of tooth loss, you can have your upper arch, lower arch, or both arches of teeth replaced with complete dentures that are supported by implants. 

Are you ready to enjoy smiling, eating, and speaking normally once again? Contact our Westchester dental office at 914-200-3962 to book an appointment or request a dental implant-supported dentures consultation with Dr. Markovitch today.  

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