We can lose our natural teeth for a number of reasons, from poor oral health to serious injury. But when we lose teeth, this complicates our ability to eat, speak, and maintain our facial structure. In order to address the issue and offer those in Richfield, MN, with missing teeth a whole smile again, we may prescribe a full set of custom-made dentures.
The Causes and Dangers of Tooth Loss
We may lose our natural teeth as a result of injury or poor oral health, such as an untreated cavity or dental infection. However, the most common cause for adults is gum disease. Without treatment to manage the disease, gum disease may enter an advanced stage, known as periodontitis. At this stage, the connective tissues between the teeth and gums begins to break down, causing the teeth to become loose and eventually fall out. When we lose a significant number of teeth, this makes eating a variety of foods difficult, causing people to subsist mainly on soft foods and deprive themselves of essential nutrients in the process. Trouble speaking is also common, as well as the avoidance of social interactions due to embarrassment, which impacts quality of life.
Creating Your New Prosthetic
We want to make sure your new smile fits comfortably and offers dependable and durable tooth replacement. To begin, we will to examine your smile and assess the cause and extent of your tooth loss. Form there, we will take detailed impressions, images, and measurements. Using this information, we will design and craft a custom prosthetic from lifelike materials. The base of your dentures will be crafted from acrylic, and created to mimic the appearance of gum tissue. The teeth set in the base will be made from ceramic and other strong materials. Ceramic can also be designed to mimic the appearance of lifelike teeth. Suction will hold them in place, and you may benefit from a special adhesive to keep your new teeth firmly in place.
Caring for Your New Smile
At night, your dentures will likely need to be removed for cleaning and soaking. We will provide detailed instructions for keeping your dentures strong and clean. We will also discuss tips for caring for your smile as a whole. Routine visits every six months are also beneficial, as we can monitor your new teeth and ensure your prosthetic continues to fit comfortably and offer a bright, strong, and durable solution for tooth loss.
Let’s Treat Your Tooth Loss
If you have lost a significant number of your natural teeth, then we can help with a custom-made prosthetic. To find out more about our dentures, schedule a consultation with Dr. Keller by calling Cedar West Family Dentistry in Richfield, MN, today at (612) 861-7188.