A full denture isn’t always the best way to treat major tooth loss. If you have too many missing teeth to address with a dental bridge, but not enough to require a full denture, then a custom partial could be the best choice for you. In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO, dentist talks about how we restore smiles with a partial.
When You Need a Partial
A partial denture is designed for cases in which you have several lost teeth, but they’re spread across different parts of your smile. Removing the remaining teeth to make way for a full set of dentures is unnecessary, but you can’t treat these gaps with a bridge alone. A partial contains several new teeth set in a base made from acrylic, which itself is designed to look like gum tissue. A meta clasp will attach to natural teeth and secure your denture, while remaining invisible when worn.
Crafting Your New Teeth
To ensure a balanced bite and a comfortable fit, as well as a lifelike appearance, each prosthetic is custom-made. To begin, we will take detailed pictures of your smile with intraoral cameras, and gather digital x-rays too. The information we gather allows us to begin designing and crafting the finished product in a lab setting. When you return, we check the fit to make sure it’s right for your smile. The ceramic we use for the teeth is not only durable, but can be color-matched to blend with the rest of your smile seamlessly.
Securing Your New Smile
Most versions are removable, which means they’re held in place with the clasps we mentioned above, and are taken out at night for soaking or cleaning. They last about 5 to 10 years on average, requiring a replacement as the shape of your jaw ridge changes. For others, we could discuss an implant alternative, in which we attach the prosthetic to free standing dental implants. This stimulates the growth of jawbone structure and prevents changes to the jaw ridge, so your new teeth could stay in place much longer, and offer a more stable tooth replacement.
We can address minor tooth loss and even replace every tooth on one or both arches. The version that is right for you depends on the cause and extent of your tooth loss. But even if years have elapsed since you lost your natural teeth, we can still find an option that returns function and beauty to your smile again.
Talk To Your Kansas City, MO Dentist About Partial Prosthetics
Our team knows how to return your smile to a full and beautiful state. If you would like to find out how our team addresses tooth loss, try scheduling an appointment by calling Plaza Family Dentistry in Kansas City, MO, at (816) 531-8000.