When you suffer from the loss of multiple missing teeth, you need more than a bridge or an individual dental implant. Instead, you need a full or partial set of dentures, so you can smile with confidence again. In today’s blog, your Austin, MN, dentist talks about the process of creating custom and lifelike dentures.
The Impact of Advanced Tooth Loss
If you have lost the majority of your teeth, then you could find yourself severely limited in the kinds of foods you can eat, and clear speech could be difficult too, leading to issues with social interactions. Your remaining teeth could drift due to the spaces in your smile, creating misalignment. The stress on your jaw joints could also mean TMJ disorder and bruxism, which cause painful symptoms. The body will also suspend the flow of calcium and phosphates to the jaw around the lost roots, so the jaw loses mass and density and causes a prematurely aged appearance. To avoid these complications and enjoy optimal quality of life again, you need a dental prosthetic.
Full and Partial Prosthetics
A full denture replaces every tooth on one or both of your arches, and is custom-made to ensure a proper fit and balanced bite. The prosthetic contains a complete row of replacement teeth which we shade to offer a natural appearance. The base is made from acrylic and designed to look like gum tissues. The partial addresses issues in which you have several gaps in your smile spread out across your arch, too much for a bridge to address, but still not severe enough for a full denture. The partial contains new teeth set in acrylic base, filling the gaps in your smile. Both options are custom-made for your smile!
Removable and Implant-Secured
The removable fulls are held in place with suction or special adhesive, while the removable partial is held in place with clasps that attach to natural teeth. These tend to last about 5 to 10 years, requiring replacement as the jaw ridge changes shape. However! We could also secure them with dental implants, which stimulate jaw bone growth to prevent changes to your jaw ridge. Your dentures are fixed in place and don’t have to be removed for cleaning or soaking, and they can last for decades to come, possibly a lifetime!
If you have any questions about how our team designs and attaches custom dentures, or whether you need a removable or implant-secured option, then contact our team today to learn more.
Obtain a Complete Smile In Austin, MN
Our team wants to help you obtain a full and beautiful smile again. Talk to our team at Potach & Mitchell Dental Clinic in Austin, MN at (507)437-6312 about treating your advanced tooth loss.