When you suffer from the loss of most of your teeth, or possibly all of them, this could mean trouble with everything from eating and speaking, to managing your youthful features. To restore your smile again, you need a prosthetic. In today’s blog, your Austin, MN, dentists discuss the benefits of full and partial dentures, and explain which one may be right for you.
When you lose all of your teeth, or the vast majority of them, then a full denture is needed. To begin, we may need to extract any remaining teeth. A series of detailed images will be taken with digital scanning technology, which allows us to create a 3D impression. In a dental lab setting, the impressions will be used to design and fabricate the prosthetic. A complete set of dentures contains a base that we design to look like gum tissue, as well as a full row of new teeth. The teeth will be crafted to absorb bite forces and also offer a lifelike appearance. Suction will keep the lower arch set in place, and the upper arch one will need a special adhesive to help. These will need to be removed for cleaning and soaking, and tend to last about 5 to 10 years.
A partial is meant for the in-between stages of tooth loss. Very minor tooth loss is addressed with a bridge, and a full replaces all of the teeth on an arch. But what if you have multiple gaps across your smile? A partial is then the best option. The prosthetic contains your new teeth set in a base, with metal clasps that attach to natural teeth and secure the prosthetic firmly. As with a full set, these will need to be cleaned and soaked, and will last up to 10 years on average.
While removable options are effective, securing them with dental implants means that new roots will help stimulate the growth of jawbone tissue, preventing changes that necessitate the replacement of your dentures. Your new teeth could stay in place for decades! The stability also means you don’t remove them for cleaning or soaking, and they never slip when you eat or drink. If you have any questions about how we address missing teeth with a custom prosthetic, then contact our team today. We would love to help you enjoy a full smile again!
Talk To Our Austin, MN Dentist’s Office About Our Prosthetics
Potach And Mitchell Dental Clinic wants to help secure a set of new teeth to restore function, health, and beauty to your smile. To find out more about how we address more severe cases of tooth loss, then contact your Austin, MN, dentists, Dr. Potach and Mitchell, by calling 507-437-6312.