What if you have tooth loss too severe for a dental bridge to address? If you have a more severe case of tooth loss, but don’t yet require a full denture, then you may need to talk to your Des Moines, IA, dentist about a partial. In today’s blog, we’re looking at how we create a partial denture that looks great and fits comfortably. A prosthetic helps our patients enjoy a full smile once again, and as we will discuss, improves overall oral health!
How Does Losing Teeth Change My Smile?
Tooth loss has a major impact on the health and beauty of your smile. For example, surrounding teeth could begin to move from their positions, causing misalignment due to the gap in your smile. Uneven teeth alone could mean a higher risk of related complications like tooth decay and gum disease. Gaps in your smile could also place pressure on the jaw joints, increasing the risk of issues like TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). You could also have trouble eating your favorite foods, or even solid foods at all, and could have difficulty speaking clearly. Not to mention the impact on your social life due to embarrassment regarding your smile’s appearance.
Creating a Partial Prosthetic
If you have multiple gaps spread out across your smile, you may need a partial denture. We start by taking a detailed impression of your smile, and then design and create the prosthetic. The partial will consist of your new teeth, usually referred to as pontics, set in a base made from acrylic and designed to mimic the appearance of gum tissue. There will metal clasps, not visible when the denture is worn of course, that will attach to natural teeth and keep your prosthetic in place. On average, they last about 5 to 10 years, and will need to be removed for cleaning and soaking.
Protecting Your Natural Teeth
To safeguard your remaining natural teeth, we suggest daily care. To avoid further tooth loss, make sure you brush and floss daily to remove food particles and control plaque buildup. Then, attend your regular checkup and cleaning appointments, so we can monitor your smile and remove all plaque and tartar. These routine habits help reduce the factors behind periodontitis and infection, preventing tooth loss. If you have any questions, then contact our team today!
Ready for a Full Smile?
We want to return optimal function and beauty to your smile again with a custom prosthetic. Otherwise, tooth loss could mean serious oral health issues and major negative impacts for your appearance. To learn more about protecting and preserving your smile with a custom and lifelike dental prosthetic, then schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, at (515) 244-9565.