In our last blog, we explained how a bridge offered results for people with minor tooth loss. But what if you have more substantial tooth loss, or multiple gaps spread out across your smile? To help address these concerns, your Bedford, MA, dentist may actually create and place a partial denture. In today’s blog, we’re going to look at the benefits of a partial.
The Causes of Missing Teeth
How do we lose our natural teeth? For some, the causes could be an injury, or possibly the impact of an untreated tooth decay leading to an infection. However, the most common cause is gum disease. When gum disease remains unmanaged with routine care at-home and in our office, then an advanced stage known as periodontitis could develop, which attacks and severs the tissues connecting your teeth and gums. In fact, this is the number one cause of adult tooth loss. Once you have gaps in your smile, then you not only suffer changes to your appearance, but your smile could become more vulnerable to misalignment, cavities, TMJ disorder, bruxism (teeth grinding), and other oral health concerns,
Creating a Custom Partial
If you have lost a number of teeth, and the gaps are spread out across your smile, then you may benefit from a partial denture. The prosthetic itself will contain new teeth, known as pontics, and a base that is made from acrylic. The base is designed to look like gum tissue. To anchor the teeth in place, there will be metal clasps that attach to natural teeth and remain hidden when you smile. We create them based on detailed impressions and measurements we take of your smile, which ensures the custom-made prosthetic will fit comfortably and offer a natural appearance.
Maintaining Your New Smile
A prosthetic tends to last about 5 to 10 years on average, needing replacement as changes occur to the jaw ridge shape. But you can still take steps to prevent further tooth loss and preserve your remaining teeth. For example, taking time to brush and floss daily, and cutting back on bad habits, like using tobacco products or consuming foods and drinks high in sugar, helps protect your oral health. You will also need to remove your prosthetic for routine cleaning and soaking too. If you have any questions about addressing missing teeth with a lifelike and durable prosthetic, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Custom Dentures?
Our team wants to help you maintain a full and beautiful smile with lifelike and durable dental prosthetics. To learn more about our dentures, then schedule a consultation by calling Kennedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bedford, MA, today at (781) 275-0200.