When you have more than one gap in your smile, this could mean more than a dental bridge is necessary. Instead, your smile may benefit from a partial denture. In today’s blog, your Richfield, MN, dentist talks about how we design and craft a set of partial dentures that look and function like natural teeth. We also look at preventing missing teeth!
When a Smile Needs a Partial Denture
A bridge is designed to address a single gap in your smile, one that includes between one and three missing teeth in most cases. But when you have several gaps and they’re spread out across the arch, then you may need a partial instead. The prosthetic contains new teeth set in an acrylic base, one designed to look like gum tissue. Metal clasps will attach to natural teeth to secure the removable denture. Each one we provide for our patients will be custom-made for their smile!
Crafting a Dental Prosthetic
To begin, we will use digital imaging systems to gather a series of pictures of the teeth and the smile as a whole. In a lab setting, we use the images to design and craft a prosthetic that looks like natural teeth and gums. The final product will fit comfortably to provide a balanced bite and also the teeth will be color-matched to blend with the rest of your smile. The prosthetic will last about 5 to 10 years, and will need to be replaced as your jaw ridge changes shape over time. We will discuss how to clean and oak your prosthetic to help it last and provide quality tooth replacement for your smile!
Preserving Your Natural Teeth
To help preserve your remaining natural teeth, we may recommend treatment for underlying oral health issues like gum disease. We will also discuss regular visits for checkups and cleanings to help keep your natural smile stable, and to ensure your dentures continue to fit properly. At home, you should make time to brush and floss regularly, which removes food particles and controls plaque buildup to fight issues like gum disease, the advanced stage of which is often linked to adult tooth loss. We want you to smile with confidence and enjoy your favorite foods again, which is why we’re ready to address minor or severe cases of tooth loss.
If you have any questions about how we address missing teeth, or what you can do to preserve your smile, then contact our team today to learn more.
Talk To Your Richfield, MN Dentist About Dentures
Our team wants to help you obtain a full smile again. To find out more about how we address serious cases of tooth loss, then contact your Richfield, MN, dentist, Dr. Keller, by calling (612) 861-7188.