Last week, we looked at how we created dental bridges to address minor tooth loss. Today, we’re going to focus on partial dentures, and how they help Albuquerque, NM, residents with more severe cases of tooth loss. We’re going to talk about how we design and create them, and why talking to your dentist about your tooth loss is vital for your overall oral health.
Addressing Advanced Tooth Loss
Losing a substantial number of your natural teeth means gaps in your smile, gaps that could make eating your favorite foods difficult or even lead to problems speaking clearly. You may also develop misalignment and a greater risk of TMJ disorder and bruxism, factors that could cause headaches, jaw pain, and dental damage. By addressing the issue, you restore the balance of your smile and help ensure a better overall health.
The Partial Denture
The partial addresses multiple missing teeth, providing treatment for smiles that need more than a bridge but not yet a full denture. The prosthetic contains metal clasps that attach to natural teeth and anchor the denture in place. The base will be created from an acrylic material, which mimics the appearance of the gums. The new teeth may be crafted using porcelain or other lifelike materials, absorbing serious bite forces and providing a natural appearance. We create them based on impressions gathered of your smile, which ensures a comfortable fit and a lifelike appearance. We will provide detailed instructions for caring for them, helping your prosthetic last as long as ten years in some cases.
Securing Them With Implant Dentistry
For a fixed option, one that could last decades in some cases, we may secure them with dental implants instead of metal clasps. A dental implant is inserted into the jawbone via oral surgery, bonding with the tissue like a natural tooth root. They can stay in place much longer and provide greater stability. We then create a denture and attach it to the dental implants, providing an option that never slips but still offers a lifelike appearance. If you have advanced tooth loss, don’t let your smile’s health and appearance suffer. Talk to our team about a possible solution. We’re ready to use partial dentures, implant dentistry, and other options to offer you a complete smile.
Ready for a Full Smile?
At Snow Park Dental, Dr. Mark A. Miller and our team want to offer a lifelike and dependable solution for the gaps in your smile, such as full and partial dentures. Contact us today at 505-299-2979 to schedule a consultation at our Albuquerque, NM, office to discuss our dental implant and denture options. We welcome patients and families from Rio Rancho, Tijeras, Los Lunas, and all surrounding communities.