When you lose several of your teeth, and these gaps are spaced out across the smile, then you may need more than a bridge. The option that fits in between bridges and the need for a full denture is a partial. In today’s blog, your Allen, TX, dentist will discuss how we improve your smile with a custom partial denture.
The Steps to Create a Denture
How do custom-make a denture for your smile? A partial is designed to address multiple gaps in your smile. To begin, we will take detailed images of your smile with digital scanning technology. We also identify the underlying factors behind your tooth loss, so we can help protect your remaining natural teeth. In a lab setting, we use the images and measurements we took to begin craft the prosthetic. The partial will have an acrylic base that looks like gum tissue. The new teeth will be inserted into this base, and will be made from materials like ceramic, which can be shaded to blend with your smile and also handle the serious bite forces and pressures expected of natural teeth. There will also be metal clasps that connect to natural teeth to secure your denture firmly in place!
Acclimating to Your New Smile
There may be some initial discomfort as your smile adjusts, but we will provide instructions for cleaning, speaking, and maintaining your new prosthetic. A set of dentures, whether partial or full, usually last about 5 to 10 years, requiring replacement as the jaw ridge changes shape over time. We will have plenty of instructions and advice to make acclimating to your new prosthetic simple. Before you know it, you will be smiling with confidence and enjoying your favorite foods again!
Protecting Your Natural Teeth
What about your remaining natural teeth? Following treatment for your underlying oral health issues, we may suggest you continue to brush and floss daily to limit plaque buildup and periodontal problems by removing trapped food particles. We could suggest healthier snack and meal options to prevent plaque and tartar too. You should avoid cigarettes and other tobacco products, which are linked to tooth loss and various forms of cancer. A visit every six months is also recommended, so we can keep a close eye on your smile and address complications quickly! If you have any questions about how we address tooth loss, then contact our team today to learn more.
Talk To Your Allen, TX Dentist About Partials
We would like to help maintain a complete smile and avoid the complications of a missing tooth. To find out how our team helps restore the function, health, and beauty of your smile, then contact your Allen, TX, dentist, Dr. Torrens-Parker, by calling 469-342-6644.