As we touched on in our last blog, a bridge is a great way to help treat more minor cases of tooth loss. But what if you have several gaps in your smile, but not quite enough to require a complete denture? In today’s blog, your Celina, TX, dentist explains how we create and place a custom-made partial denture.
The Causes of Advanced Tooth Loss
When suffer from more advanced cases of tooth loss, the causes could include tooth decay or infection, but likely are the result of periodontitis. The late stage of gum disease, this destroys the tissues connecting teeth and gums, causing them to become loose and even fall out. Unless treated, the remaining teeth could drift and the resulting misalignment could further harm esthetics and lead to an increased risk of cavities and poor periodontal health. For others, these gaps upset the balance of your bite, so painful issues like TMD and teeth grinding (bruxism) could develop. Not to mention issues eating a variety of foods, or even speaking clearly.
Creating Personalized Dental Prosthetics
When you see us, we will take a close look at your smile with advanced technology, using digital images and x-rays to identify the cause and assess the extent of your tooth loss. We also use these images to help design and fabricate the finished product in a dental lab setting. Being crafted based on impressions and images of your smile means the prosthetic will fit comfortably, preserve bite balance, and also look natural.
The denture will contain your new teeth, known as pontics, set in a base made from acrylic. The base will mimic the appearance of gum tissue. There will also be metal clasps that attach to remaining teeth, securing them in place and offering stability. The clasps will be invisible when the prosthetic is in place.
Protecting the Rest of Your Smile
The denture will be removable, and need to be cleaned and soaked periodically. The prosthetic will last about 5 to 10 years on average. You can also take steps to help protect your remaining teeth, including proper brushing and flossing your teeth, enjoying a healthier diet, and avoiding the use of tobacco products. We also want to see you every six months for a checkup and cleaning, so we can keep an eye on your smile and watch for issues that threaten your natural teeth. We also remove all harmful plaque and tartar buildup. If you have any questions about our partials then contact our team today.
Talk To Your Celina, TX Dentist’s Office About Replacing Lost Teeth
Our team understands how the loss of your teeth could lead to serious trouble. To learn more about how our team helps treat tooth loss, then contact your Celina, TX, dentist, Dr. Ganjoor, by calling (214) 851-0130.