When you lose all of your teeth, we may suggest a full set of dentures. If you lose one tooth, a bridge might be the best choice. But what if you have several gaps in your smile, but enough natural teeth remain to prevent the need for a full prosthetic? In today’s blog, your Livonia, MI, dentist will discuss how we restore smiles with partial denture.
The Dangers of Advanced Tooth Loss
When we lose several of our natural teeth, this could complicate our ability to eat our favorite foods, and force many of us to rely on soft meal selections. We could also develop issues speaking clearly, and may feel embarrassed about our appearance. In addition, the lack of natural teeth upsets the balance of our bite and could strain the jaw joints as a result, increasing the risk of painful oral health issues like TMJ disorder and even bruxism (chronic teeth grinding). To avoid these complications and even a full and beautiful smile, we need a dental prosthetic!
Creating a Partial Denture
The partial addresses multiple gaps in your smile, perfect for those with tooth loss too severe for a bridge, but with enough natural teeth remaining that extracting them to make room for a completed denture isn’t logical. The prosthetic itself will contain new teeth set in a base made from acrylic. The base will mimic the appearance of gum tissue, and metal clasps that are invisible when worn will attach to natural teeth and secure your new ones in place. We create the prosthetic based on detailed impressions taken of your smile, ensuring a perfect fit that preserves your bite balance, as well as a lifelike appearance.
Restoring Your Smile
Once you have your new prosthetic, we will provide detailed instructions for the care and maintenance of it, such as daily cleaning and soaking. With proper care, your partial could last for between 5 and 10 years on average. You will be able to speak without complication, and eat your favorite foods once again. We want you to also feel confident when you laugh or smile in social situations. We will also discuss daily care to help address underlying oral health issues, such as periodontal disease, to help protect your remaining natural teeth and preserve your smile. If you have any questions about our approach to treating tooth loss, or about the creation and maintenance of a natural-looking partial denture, then please contact our team today. We want to make sure our patients always enjoy a complete, healthy, and beautiful smile.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR CUSTOM REPLACEMENT OPTIONS?
We want to help you maintain a full smile, which is why we offer a dental prosthetic. For more information on our lifelike replacement options, then call the office of James Stewart, DDS in Livonia, MI, today at (734) 425-4400.