When you lose a significant number of teeth, this could leave several gaps in your smile. To address them, we may create a single prosthetic known as a partial denture. In today’s blog, your Kahoka, MO, dentist will explain why missing teeth require replacement, and how we create a lifelike solution that restores function to your smile!
The Factors Behind Tooth Loss
We could lose our natural teeth to issues like untreated tooth decay and dental infection, as well as an injury. However, the most common cause is periodontitis, the advanced stage of gum disease. Once you begin losing your natural teeth, the gaps could allow surrounding teeth to move from position, causing dental misalignment. Poor alignment alone could cause a greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Tooth loss also complicates what we can eat, and could make speech difficult. You may also feel uncertain about your appearance due to these gaps. Replacing missing teeth helps protect and preserves your smile!
Creating a Prosthetic
First, we will examine your smile to understand what has caused your tooth loss, and to assess the severity. We may need to treat and manage underlying oral health issues, such as periodontal disease. Next, we take detailed impressions of your smile with digital technology. The information we use will allow us to design and fabricate the prosthetic in a dental lab setting. The prosthetic will contain new teeth, known as pontics, set in an acrylic base made to mimic the appearance of gum tissue. We use materials like ceramic to create teeth that look and function like natural ones.
Securing a Partial Denture
The prosthetic will be removable, and metal caps will attach to natural teeth to secure them in place. The clasp will be invisible when your prosthetic is in place. They tend to last about 5 to 10 years before requiring replacement. The removable options need to be cleaned and soaked occasionally too. Our team could also discuss securing them with dental implants, which fixes them in place and stimulates the growth of bone tissue to prevent changes to the jaw ridge. As a result, your denture could stay in place for decades, maybe even a lifetime. If you have any questions about avoiding tooth loss, or if you have gaps in your smile and want to find out what denture is right for you, then contact our team today.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR LIFELIKE DENTURES?
Our team wants to make sure you feel eager to smile once again. To learn more about our options to address more severe cases of missing teeth, then please contact your Kahoka, MO dentist at Barbour Dental today. Contact our office at 660-727-4746 to schedule your visit with our team.