Losing teeth is a major issue for your smile, and could even lead to an aged appearance over time. If you have multiple gaps spread out across your smile, you may need more than a simple dental bridge. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist will look at how a partial denture will help restore and rebuild your smile.
The Health Risks of Your Missing Teeth
Losing several teeth across the arch of your smile means that eating could be difficult and you could be limited to soft foods only, depriving your body of essential nutrients. Speaking clearly could become an issue as well, whjch impacts your social life. The remaining teeth could be more likely to drift from position with time, which causes misalignment and with it, first the esthetic issues and an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. By wearing a prosthetic, you help prevent the complications, and obtain the ability to smile with confidence once again.
Creating a Partial Denture
First, we need to understand the causes of your tooth loss, and treat any underlying oral health issues, such as periodontal disease. Next, we take detailed images and impressions of your smile with advanced digital technology. The resulting images and measurements enable our team to design the partial prosthetic, ensuring a comfortable fit, balanced bite, and lifelike appearance. The prosthetic will contain new teeth, made from durable materials, set in an acrylic base that looks like gum tissue. Metal clasps will attach to natural teeth and secure the prosthetic, but remain invisible when your denture is in place. We take steps to ensure the finished product blends with your smile seamlessly! The denture will last about 5 to 10 years, and will need to be cleaned and soaked periodically.
Preserving the Rest of Your Smile
To help protect your remaining natural teeth, you should continue to brush and floss daily to remove harmful bacteria and food particles. Avoid tobacco products, and continue to see us every few months for a checkup and cleanings, so we can monitor your smile and remove harmful buildup. These actions help preserve your current smile. If you have any questions about treating tooth loss, or about how we design and craft a lifelike and durable prosthetic, then contact our team to learn more. We’re always happy to help our patients obtain a complete smile once again!
TALK TO YOUR DES MOINES, IA DENTIST ABOUT PARTIAL DENTURES
We want to help you enjoy a smile that makes you feel proud and confident with our custom prosthetics. To find out more about obtaining a whole smile again with a dental prosthetic, then please contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565.