In our last blog, we explained how a bridge is the perfect choice for minor tooth loss. If you lose all of your teeth however, a full denture is often the best option. But what if your tooth loss is too severe for a bridge, but not serious enough for a full? In today’s blog, your Overland Park, KS, dentist talks about the benefits of restoring lost teeth with partial dentures.
The Dangers of Advanced Tooth Loss
The worse your tooth loss becomes, the worse your oral health will be. For example, having several gaps of missing teeth spread out across your smile may lead to trouble eating a greater variety of food, which could mean denying your body access to key nutrients. You could also have difficulties speaking clearly, and may feel awkward in social situations. The lack of tooth roots means your body also suspends the flow of calcium and phosphorus to the jawbone, causing the bone tissue to lose mass and density and in turn, leading to further tooth loss.
Crafting a Custom Denture
If you lose several teeth and have gaps spread out across one or both of your arches, then you may need a partial prosthetic. The partial consists of your new teeth, known as pontics, set in an acrylic base created from acrylic. The base will look like natural gum tissue, and the materials we use to craft your new teeth not only look natural, but absorb daily bite forces too. Each one is custom-made based on detailed impressions and images we take of your smile, ensuring a comfortable fit and an appearance that reflects your unique facial structure.
Securing Your New Partial
A removable option will use metal clasps that attach to natural teeth to secure your new ones firmly in place. On average, they last about 5 to 10 years, requiring replacement as the jaw ridge changes shape over time. However, if we support them with dental implants, which are inserted into the jawbone and act as new tooth roots, this means stimulating jawbone growth to prevent the ridge shape changes. Your partial is fixed in place, no need to remove them for soaking and cleaning, and they can last for decades to come with proper care and attention. If you have any questions about these options, or about tooth loss in general, then please contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Our Custom Prosthetics?
If you have substantial tooth loss, but not enough to warrant a full prosthetic, we have a custom partial to restore health, function, and beauty. To learn more about keeping your smile whole and healthy, then schedule your consultation by calling Family First Dental in Overland Park, KS, today at 913-381-2600.