A full denture addresses every lost tooth in your smile, while a bridge handles minor cases. But what about in between? What about tooth loss too severe for a bridge, but not substantial enough to require a full prosthetic? In these situations, your Kansas City, MO, dentist could restore your smile with a partial.
The Dangers of Your Missing Teeth
When you have lost several teeth, and in multiple gaps across your smile, this could limit the kinds of food you can eat, and even alter how easily you speak. You could also feel embarrassed about your appearance, and experience an increased risk of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding) due to the imbalance in your bite. To protect the health, stability, and beauty of your smile you should seek treatment with a custom-made dental prosthetic.
The Benefits of a Partial
A partial can address multiple gaps spread out across our arch, helping in cases of tooth loss too severe for a dental bridge, but not severe enough to warrant tooth extraction and the placement of a complete denture. The prosthetic will contain new teeth set in a base made from acrylic. There will be metal clasps that attach to natural teeth and secure it in place. The clasps will be invisible when in place. Your prosthetic will look natural and restore function to your smile, and could last 5 to 10 years on average. We will provide detailed instructions for cleaning and speaking your new teeth.
Creating a Custom Denture
How do we create a custom set of dentures? To begin, we will take detailed digital images and x-rays of your smile to assess the severity of your tooth loss. We then use these in a lab setting to plan and design your finished prosthetic. The teeth will be made from ceramic, which can absorb bite forces and be shaded to blend with the rest of your smile. The acrylic base will look like gum tissue, and the metal clasps are invisible when your prosthetic is in place. Each denture will fit comfortably and restore balance to your smile. We can also create natural looking options for minor or more severe cases.
If you have any questions about treating missing teeth, or about creating a custom-made denture, then contact our team today. We want to help you enjoy a full smile again!
Talk To Your Kansas City, MO Dentist About Missing Tooth Replacement
When you have missing teeth scattered across your smile, we can help with a single prosthetic that looks natural too. If you would like to learn more about addressing more severe cases of missing teeth, then contact your Kansas City, MO, dentist, Dr. Murphy, by calling (816) 531-8000.