Our last blog on prosthetic dentistry focused on addressing minor cases of tooth loss using a custom-made dental bridge. But what if you have a more severe cases of missing teeth? To again return function, heath, and beauty, your Bedford, MA, dentist may suggest a set of dentures, full or partial, and possibly secured with dental implant!
Full vs. Partial Dentures
What is the difference between these two options, and which one will be right for my smile? Basically, a partial is meant for people with tooth loss too severe for a bridge, such as multiple gaps spread out across the arch, but who also don’t need a full set yet. A full replaces every tooth on one or both arches. Both will be created from detailed impressions and measurements taken of your smile, which ensures a comfortable fit and a balanced bite. Both also contain a base made from acrylic that looks like gum tissue, and lifelike and durable replacement teeth. A full needs suction and/or adhesive to stay in place, and a partial relies on metal clasps that attach to natural teeth.
The Implant Benefits
While effective, removable dentures do have a few downsides. First, they require removal for cleaning and soaking, and second, they need replacement when the shape of the jaw ridge changes. These changes occur as the body suspends the flow of nutrients to and from the jawbone following tooth loss. However, if we insert dental implants to secure them, this stimulates the growth of tissues and prevents the changes to the jaw ridge. The prosthetic then last decades, possibly even a lifetime. They will also be fixed in place, no need to remove them for cleaning, and no worries about them slipping when you eat or speak.
The Advantages of a Full Smile
A full smile means you can eat your favorite foods, and won’t be forced to rely solely on soft food items, depriving yourself of nutrients. You can also speak without difficulty too, and smile with confidence. You also avoid issues like misalignment, and for those with total tooth loss, you avoid the onset of an aged appearance. Our team will carefully examine your smile and assess the presence of underlying health issues to decide which prosthetic option is right for your smile, implant or removable. If you have any questions about missing teeth, or about the process of restoring smiles with prosthetic dentistry, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Prosthetic Dentistry?
Our team is ready to create lifelike prosthetics that restore function and beauty to your smile. To learn more about addressing minor or severe tooth loss, then schedule a consultation by calling Kennedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bedford, MA, today at (781) 275-0200.