When you are missing teeth, many daily habits that you may have taken for granted can suddenly become very difficult, including issues with speech and problems chewing food. When you begin to consider tooth replacement options, you will likely want to find out how the various options, including dental bridges, dentures, and implants (including full arch dental implants), all stack up to each other. Which will be best for you? Dr. Terri M. Nguyen and the West Portal Family Dentistry team would love to help you decide what tooth replacement option will be best for you.
For patients looking to replace an entire arch of teeth with dental implants in the San Francisco, California area, one of the first things they look at restoring is their ability to bite and chew properly. The struggle many people face trying to eat common foods while missing teeth is incredibly real, so it is no surprise that they would fixate on regaining the ability to bite and chew properly. Full-arch dental implants will restore these abilities and provide so much more. Full arch implants will improve your life, and here are just a few ways they can do it.
Choosing full-arch dental implants is not just a cosmetic choice that will enhance the appearance of your smile. More than just filling your mouth with teeth, these implants will also preserve the structure of your smile. When you chew food with your natural teeth, the pressure that is required for this action provides stimulation to the jawbone. When teeth are lost, so is this stimulation. This may not seem like a big deal, but without this stimulation, your jawbone will start to deteriorate and be reabsorbed by your body. What results is not only a physical loss of your jawbone, but your facial appearance will begin to sink and sag.
Full-arch dental implants actively mimic the function of natural tooth roots. Because the implants are integrated into the jawbone, they provide the stimulation that was lost when you lost your teeth. Lost bone can also be regenerated.
It is all too common for somebody to keep teeth in place that are failing. Teeth that are diseased and failing are prime breeding grounds for gum disease and other harmful bacteria, which can lead to further oral health problems. Even if you are properly brushing and flossing, oral hygiene may not make any difference if a tooth is already failing. Removing your remaining failing teeth and getting full arch dental implants will make it much easier to maintain a healthy mouth.
Individuals who elect traditional dentures often report they are unhappy with them. They do not fit right or slide around the mouth, leading to discomfort and sores. Conventional dentures are known for their instability. When you choose full arch dental implants, you will be choosing a solution that is incredibly stable and will allow you to chew and cut up food with your teeth in line with the natural teeth. You will not need to cut your food into tiny pieces or mash it up before eating it. You’ll simply need to bite and chew your food like you always did when you had a mouth full of healthy natural teeth.
A graduate from UC San Francisco with a Doctor of Dental Science degree, Dr. Terri Nguyen has over 20 years of expertise in the field of dental practice. She is known for her caring and passionate nature towards her patients whilst having a wealth of knowledge and technical skill.
Dr. Nguyen continues to update herself with newer and tested treatment methods and technology to ensure that she is capable of delivering the best possible service to her clients. Her areas of specialty include root canal therapy, implant dentistry and cosmetic treatment. She is also a prestigious member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
Dr. Laura Huynh dedicates herself to providing the highest level of dental care to patients of all ages. While she has over 15 years of experience in all areas of general practice, she especially enjoys pediatric dentistry and cosmetic dentistry for adults.
A UC Irvine graduate, Dr. Huynh obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Arthur Dugoni Dental School at University of Pacific. She stays on top of the latest trends and technologies in dentistry by following continuing education courses annually. She is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and San Francisco Dental Society.