Last week, we explained how a single missing tooth could be addressed with a bridge. But what if you have a more substantial case of tooth loss? To help replace multiple missing teeth, you may be ready to try a full or partial denture. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist explains how we plan and place a prosthetic.
When you have several gaps in your smile, spread out across your arch, then a bridge may not be enough to correct the issue. In addition, you may still have too many natural teeth to benefit from the placement of a full denture. For these scenarios, we offer a partial prosthetic. The prosthetic is created based on detailed images and digital impressions we take of your smile. This enables us to craft a finished product that looks natural and fits comfortably, replacing missing teeth and preserving the balance of your bite.
The partial contains new teeth, known as pontics, set in a base made from acrylic that mimics the appearance of gum tissues. A metal clasp will attach to natural teeth to keep your denture firmly in place when worn, but will be invisible once your denture is in place. The prosthetic will last about 5 to 10 years before requiring replacement, and will need to be removed for soaking or cleaning.
If you’re missing the majority of your teeth, then we will create a full set of new teeth. We may even need to extract the last few teeth to make room for your new prosthetic. The denture will be created based on detailed images and impressions, which ensures your final product fits comfortably. The finished product will contain a full row of teeth. The upper arch will need adhesives to stay in place, and natural suction will keep the lower model in place. As with partials, they last about 5 to 10 years and will need to be removed for cleaning and soaking.
Instead of relying on claps, suction, or adhesive, we could also support them with dental implants. The implant-secured options will be able to stay in place for decades, as the implants act as new roots and stimulate the growth of bone tissue in the jaw. They don’t need to be removed for soaking or cleaning at all, and never slip when you eat or speak. For these reasons, people may prefer to secure them with implants, and we will examine your smile to see if this is the best option for you.
Your Cleveland, TX Dentist’s Office Wants to Replace Missing Teeth
Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX is ready to help you maintain a complete smile once again. To find out more about prosthetics, then contact our office at (281) 592-1234 to schedule your appointment today.