Does Your Smile Need Partial Dentures?

woodland hills partial denturesIf you have lost several teeth across your arch, this could be too complex for a bridge, but you could still have enough natural teeth that a complete denture isn’t necessary. In this situation, your Woodland Hills, CA, dentist could restore the health, function, and beauty of the smile with a custom partial denture.

The Causes of Complicated Tooth Loss

When you lose one to three teeth in a row, we can offer a dental bridge. If you lost most or all of your teeth, we can secure a complete denture. But what about cases in between, with multiple teeth missing across the arch? In these situations, a partial may be recommended, as these can provide new teeth to fill the gaps in the smile, preserving bite balance and prevent complications with your ability to eat and speak. This also helps you avoid common complications of tooth loss, such as misalignment, TMJ disorder, and bruxism, as well as negative impacts on your social interactions and self-confidence levels. You could lose these teeth due to injury or untreated cavities or infection, but the most common cause is the advanced stage of gum disease, known as periodontitis.

Designing a Custom Prosthetic

To create a prosthetic that fits comfortably and addresses your missing teeth, we will take detailed digital images of your smile from multiple angles, combining them to create a 3D computer model. We use this impression to design and craft your dental prosthetic. The partial contains new teeth set in an acrylic base. The teeth are made from ceramic, which can endure daily bite forces with ease, and also be shaded to blend with your smile seamlessly. The base is designed to look like gum tissue.

Your Partial Prosthetic

With a removable option, there will be metal clasps that attach to natural teeth to keep your denture in place. The prosthetic will need to be removed for soaking and cleaning and requires replacement every 5 to 10 years as the jaw ridge changes shape. However, we could also insert dental implants and attach the denture to them. The implants prevent the jaw ridge from changing shape, so your denture can remain in place for decades, looking and acting like natural teeth.

If you have any questions about treating missing teeth, then contact our team today to learn more. You still have time to use your remaining 2022 dental insurance benefits before they expire at the end of the year.

Talk to Your Woodland Hills, CA Dentist About Addressing Major Tooth Loss

We would like to help you avoid the complications of major tooth loss! If you would like to find out more about replacing missing teeth, then contact your Woodland Hills, CA dentist, Dr. Naminik, by calling 818-347-5124.