When people think of dentures, they typically picture a removable, full set of replacement teeth. However, we can provide a custom-made prosthetic to help patients with a number of missing teeth, but not enough to require a full denture. How does a partial denture address advanced tooth loss?
Frequently Asked Questions About Partial Dentures
Question: How does the prosthetic work?
Answer: The denture is used to replace multiple missing teeth that are spread out across an arch. A bridge can only address multiple missing teeth that are in a row. This can help prevent complications of advanced tooth loss and return your ability to eat and speak without difficulty.
Question: Will the partial look natural?
Answer: Yes! The base of the denture will be made from acrylic, which can be designed to mimic the appearance of natural gum tissue. The replacement teeth, also known as pontics, will be created from ceramic or zirconia, ensuring a lifelike appearance (while also being strong and durable). Metal clasps will be used to attach to the natural teeth, securing your new ones.
Question: How do I maintain my new teeth?
Answer: We will provide detailed instructions on caring for your new prosthetic. You should also attend regular checkups so we can monitor your prosthetic (and also the health of your smile).
Question: What’s the risk in not replacing missing teeth?
Answer: Gaps in our smile can eventually lead to misalignment due to surrounding teeth drifting from position. In addition, the pressure tooth loss places on your jaw joints can increase the risk of TMJ disorder and bruxism. Fortunately, you can avoid these complications by addressing your tooth loss using a lifelike ad custom-made partial denture.
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