When you lose several teeth, or the majority of them, your smile will need more than a bridge. With a denture, we once again return function and beauty to your smile. But will your smile benefit from a full or partial denture, and how does your Bedford, MA, dentist create one that looks natural? In today’s blog, we’re looking at two different options for addressing major tooth loss.
Don’t Live With Missing Teeth
When you lose a significant number of your teeth, this could lead to problems in your daily life. First, you could be forced to rely mainly on soft food items. As a result, you deprive yourself of many favorite meals, as well as valuable nutrients. In addition, lack of teeth could mean trouble speaking clearly, and could cause embarrassment, which impacts your quality of life and social interactions. Tooth loss also increases the risk of misalignment, disease, infection, and could strain your jaw joints, causing issues like TMJ disorder and bruxism (chronic teeth grinding). To avoid these complications, talk to our team about restoring your smile with a custom-made prosthetic.
A Partial Denture
A partial denture is one that addresses multiple gaps across the smile, as this could be too much for a bridge, but not enough to warrant removing teeth and placing a full denture. The prosthetic itself contains pontics, or new teeth, set in an acrylic base that looks like gum tissue. Metal clasps will attach to natural teeth to anchor the prosthetic, and will be invisible when the denture is in place. To create them, we take detailed impressions and measurements of your smile with digital technology. We then craft the finished product using durable and lifelike materials. On average, the prosthetic lasts for about 5 to 10 years, and will need to be removed for cleaning and soaking.
A Complete Prosthetic
If you have lost all of your teeth, or the vast majority of them, then we will remove any remaining teeth and take detailed images and measurements with scanning technology. Next, we design the prosthetic, which will contain a full row of new teeth set in an acrylic base. Natural suction will secure the lower jaw denture, and a special adhesive may be necessary for the upper arch version. As with partials, they last up to ten years on average, and will need to be removed for maintenance and cleaning. If you have any questions, give us a call!
Ready for a New Smile?
We want to make sure you can eat and talk without difficulty, and smile with confidence. To learn more about the importance of correcting your missing teeth with a custom prosthetic, then schedule a consultation by calling Kennedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bedford, MA, today at (781) 275-0200.