When you need more than a bridge to fill the gaps in your smile, then your dentist may prescribe a set of dentures. Your Richfield, MN, dentist always takes steps to ensure your prosthetic, whether full or partial, will fit comfortably and provide quality tooth replacement. In today’s blog, we’re going to explain how we create a set of dentures.
When To Seek Dentures
You need dentures when you have a more advanced case of tooth loss. Bridges address between one and three missing teeth in a row, but more advanced loss could mean you require a full or partial prosthetic. Missing teeth are linked to a number of problems, from trouble eating your favorite foods to difficulty speaking correctly. People may also be more likely to develop everything from TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding) to tooth decay and gum disease, as the changes in your smile’s health and alignment due to missing teeth could cause major complications. If you have lost several of your teeth, schedule a visit right away.
Full vs. Partial
We have two distinct options to address more severe tooth loss. A partial addresses multiple gaps in the smile for people with too many lost teeth for a bridge, but not enough to warrant a complete denture. The prosthetic contains new teeth set in an acrylic base, with metal caps that attach to natural teeth and secure the prosthetic. A full addresses every tooth in one or both arches. We may need to extract the last freeing teeth. A full set of teeth is placed in an acrylic base, one that looks like gum tissue. Suction helps keep the lower arch one in place, the upper arch version may need a special adhesive.
Design and Custom-Fitting
Each one created us custom-made of your smile. This ensures a comfortable fit, and also helps preserve your bite balance to prevent complications. We also color-match the teeth and design the prosthetic itself based on detailed impressions and images of your smile gathered with digital technology. We want the finished product to reflect your unique facial structure, help you eat and speak without complication, and also offer a lifelike appearance. We could also use options with implant dentistry, and provide instructions for keeping your prosthetic in great shape. Each one tends to last about 5 to 10 years on average.
If you have any questions, then please feel free to give us a call today!
Ready for a Full Smile Again?
Our team knows how to create a cozy fitting and lifelike prosthetic for every smile. To find out more about rebuilding your smile, then please call Cedar West Family Dentistry at (612) 861-7188. You can also find us at 1537 E 66th Street, Suite #101 Richfield, MN 55423.