If you lose all of your teeth, then you Astoria, NY, dentist will prescribe a full denture. But what if you lose a number of your natural teeth, but not enough to receive a full dental prosthetic? To return your smile to full function and health, we may recommend a lifelike partial denture. Find out how we create them in today’s blog!
Why Do We Lose Our Teeth?
If a cavity isn’t treated, or if a tooth becomes fractured or broken, then infection could form and lead to the loss of your tooth. A sports injury or accident could also mean one or more missing teeth. However, the most common cause of tooth loss in adults is periodontitis, the advanced stage of gum disease that attacks the tissues connecting your teeth and gums. If you lose teeth due to gum disease, we can discuss treatment options to manage the disease and safeguard your smile. Understanding the causes of your tooth loss enables you to make healthier choices.
Creating Your Prosthetic
To begin, we will need to obtain a clear and detailed picture of your smile, which we do using digital technology. Once we gather images of your teeth and gums, we can begin the process of designing and creating a custom-made prosthetic. The denture’s base will be made from acrylic, and designed to mimic the appearance of your natural gum tissue. The teeth will be made from ceramic and other lifelike materials, ensuring your teeth can absorb bite forces and offer an esthetically-pleasing appearance. The denture will contain metal clasps that attach to the remaining natural teeth and secure the prosthetic. We can even address tooth loss in which the gaps are spread out across your smile.
Maintaining Your New Partial
The partial can last for up to 10 years with proper care and attention. You will need to remove it occasionally to soak and clean the denture, and to also give your gums a chance to rest. You will also need to take care of your natural teeth with daily brushing and flossing, which helps keep them strong and prevents further tooth loss. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about caring for your new prosthetic, and look forward to helping you obtain a smile you’ll feel proud to show off when you laugh or smile! Contact our team today if you’ve recently lost one or more of your natural teeth.
Ready for a Full Smile Once More?
We would love to help you enjoy a full and beautiful smile, and to accomplish this we may prescribe a prosthetic. For more information on our custom-made dentures, then schedule a consultation, call Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, in Astoria, NY, today at 718-728-8320.