When you have lost several of your teeth, and have cases of tooth loss too severe for a simple dental bridge, you may need a denture. But what kind of denture? In today’s blog, your Austin, MN, dentists are going to look at three different options, and how they handle different levels of tooth loss severity.
A removable full denture can address every tooth on one or both arches. We craft them based on detailed images and measurements we gather of your smile with digital scanning technology. A full set of ceramic teeth will be placed into an acrylic base, which looks like gum tissue. The teeth will be designed to look natural and restore your ability to eat and speak with ease. Suction will hold the lower arch in place, and the upper arch may need the assistance of a special adhesive. They need to be removed for cleanings and soaking, and will last about 5 to 10 years on average.
A partial addresses multiple gaps spread out across your smile, addressing tooth loss too severe for a bridge, but not advanced enough for a full set of dentures. Again, lifelike replacement teeth will be set into an acrylic base. Only now, metal clasps will attach to natural teeth and hold your prosthetic in place. These will also need to be cleaned and soaked regularly, and again will last about 5 to 10 years as well. Removable dentures need to be removed every five years or so because the jaw ridge will change shape as the body suspends the flow of key nutrients to the areas around the missing teeth.
Dental implants could be used to support a full or partial denture. These free-standing posts will help stimulate the growth of jawbone tissue, which prevents changes to the shape of the jaw ridge. As a result, once we attach your prosthetic, they could last for several decades to come. They will also be fixed in place, you won’t need to remove them for cleaning. This stability also means no risk of slippage during meals or speech. If you have any questions about how we address your missing teeth with a removable or implant-secured prosthetic, then contact our team today. A visit now means the chance to use your remaining 2021 dental insurance benefits before they expire at the end of December, and to receive care before the holiday season makes your schedule too hectic.
Talk To Your Austin, MN Dentist About Prosthetic Dentistry
Our team is ready to help find the best option to tackle your tooth loss. To find out more about how we replace your missing teeth with our custom-made dental prosthetics, then contact your Austin, MN, dentists, Dr. Potach and Dr. Mitchell, by calling 507-437-6312.