A bridge helps address a small gap in your smile, but if you have several gaps spread out across your smile, then you may need a unique denture. A partial is custom-made and designed to offer a lifelike and durable solution to minor tooth loss. In today’s blog, your Bedford, MA, dentist talks about partial dentures.
The Loss of Natural Teeth
We could lose our teeth to a variety of factors, including untreated cavities or infections, or even an injury. The most common factor is typically periodontitis, the advanced stage of gum disease. When we lose our teeth, these gaps impact our oral health. For example, the nearby teeth can drift from their usual position due to the gaps, causing dental misalignment and with it, an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Likewise, the gaps could upset bite balance and lead to TMJ disorder or bruxism, painful jaw joint disorders linked to headaches, jaw and ear pain, and even damaged teeth. You could also have trouble eating your favorite foods or even speaking clearly. Which is why seeking a prosthetic is so important.
Crafting a Custom Set of Partial Dentures
Every smile is different, and you need your prosthetics to fit comfortably and protect the balance of your bite. Which is why we also custom-make each prosthetic we provide for our patients. To begin, we will carefully examine the smile and see if any teeth need to be treated or removed. We then take detailed digital images, which we use in a dental lab setting to design and craft the finished product. The partial denture will contain the replacement teeth set in an acrylic base. The base will mimic the appearance of gum tissues, while the teeth will be created from a lifelike ceramic, which can also endure daily bite forces and pressure.
Securing and Caring for Your New Smile
The partial will have metal clasps that attach to natural teeth and remain invisible when the denture is in place. This firmly secures the prosthetic and allows you to eat and speak with ease. The removable option will last about 5 to 10 years on average. However, we could also connect the denture to multiple dental implants, providing a prosthetic that is fixed in place and never slips. The implants also preserve the jawbone structure, so your prosthetic could stay in place for decades. If you have any questions about tooth replacement, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Dental Prosthetics?
Our team wants to help you maintain your best possible smile. To learn more about replacing your missing teeth, contact us today by calling (781) 275-0200, or by visiting our Bedford, MA dental office as soon as possible.