When you have more severe cases of tooth loss, which gaps too large or spaced out to be treated with a bridge, we could recommend dentures. Our team offers both removable and implant-secure full and partial dentures. In today’s blog, your Austin, MN, dentists talk about the difference between full and partial dentures.
The Risks of Missing Teeth
Tooth loss is a very serious concern, and one that could have a major impact on the overall health of your smile. A more severe cases could lead to dental misalignment, as teeth dirt because of the open gaps in the smile. Poor alignment not only further harms the esthetics of your smile, but could increase the risk of cavities and gum disease. The changes to your bite balance could mean painful complications like TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). You could also be limited in your meal options, and speaking clearly could be difficult too! Don’t let your oral health, smile function, and appearance suffer, talk to our team about a prosthetic.
A partial an address multiple gaps spread out across the smile, a situation too severe for a bridge but not serious enough to warrant extracting teeth and providing a full denture. To begin, we will treat underlying oral health issues and take images of the smile. We use these to plan and craft the prosthetic. The partial will contain new teeth made from ceramic and set into an acrylic base. The base will look like gum tissue, and the ceramic teeth can be shaded to blend with your smile seamlessly. There will also be metal clasps that attach to natural teeth and secure your lifelike and comfortable denture.
If you have severe tooth loss, we may need to remove the last few and then take detailed images and precision to create a full denture, one that replaces every tooth on one or both arches. The prosthetic itself will be held in place with suction or adhesives. Both fulls and partials need to be replaced every five to ten years as the jaw ridge changes shape. They need to be cleaned and soaked regularly, and can restore function and beauty to your smile once again. Don’t live with the risks of tooth loss, talk to our team about a replacement option.
If you have any questions about how we treat missing teeth, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Prosthetic Dental Care?
We want to offer a lifelike solution to more extreme cases of tooth loss. To schedule your next dental appointment with the Potach and Mitchell Dental Clinic, contact our Austin, MN dental office today by calling 507-437-6312.