A bridge, as we recently discussed, addresses minor tooth loss, while a full denture replaces all teeth on one or more arches. But what if you have multiple missing teeth, with gaps spread out across your smile? In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about safeguarding smiles with a set of partial dentures.
When You Need Partials
As we mentioned above, this is a prosthetic designed to address more complicated cases of tooth loss. When you have several gaps spread out across your smile, this is difficult to address with bridges and removing teeth to make a full denture possibly isn’t the best solution. But a prosthetic designed specially to address this situation is perfect. When you have lost several teeth and years have elapsed, you should still talk to our team about a partial denture. We would love the opportunity to help you obtain a full smile again.
Taking a Custom Approach
To begin, we will examine your smile with digital x-rays and intraoral cameras, so we can understand the factors behind your tooth loss. Treatment may involve addressing these underlying issues before we attach a prosthetic. Next, we take detailed digital images that we combine to create a 3D computer impression, one far more accurate than a physical one. Using this, we create the custom denture in a lab setting. The prosthetic will contain new teeth set in an acrylic base. The base will look like gum tissues, and the material we use for the teeth will be strong and durable, and we color-match them to blend with your smile. Metal clasps will also be included, which attach to natural teeth and secure your removable denture.
Securing Them With Dental Implants
While removable dentures are effective, they also need to be replaced every 5 to 10 years as the jaw ridge changes shape. But if we insert multiple dental implants into the arch, these help stimulate the growth of bone tissue to prevent changes to the ridge shape. The posts also act like natural roots. Which means when we attach the prosthetic, you have a partial that can last for decades to come. If you have any questions about how we address complicated cases of tooth loss, or about whether you need a removable or implant-secure option, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Any Questions About Custom Prosthetics?
We would like to safeguard your smile from the impact of missing teeth. If you have any questions about filling the gaps and restoring your smile, or if you would like to schedule a consultation today, please contact Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, at (281) 592-1234. You can also find our practice at 205 E. Houston St. Cleveland, TX 77327.