Dentures & Partials
For patients who’ve experienced advanced tooth loss, partial and full dentures offer a reliable restoration option. It’s important to replace missing teeth to ensure your smile looks, feels, and functions like brand new. At Peterson & Cammack Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer a wide range of restorative dentistry services including partial and full dentures. If you have questions or need help repairing your smile following advanced tooth loss, call our Lacey dental office to schedule a tooth replacement consultation today. We’ll evaluate your current state of oral health, explain your treatment options, and help you put the smile back on your face.
Importance of Tooth Replacement
Without your teeth, basic daily functions like chewing, speaking, or smiling can be difficult. Even one missing tooth can cause concerns. Left unreplaced, a single missing tooth will allow surrounding teeth to shift to fill in the gap. Additionally, the supportive bone and gum tissue structures will begin to breakdown without stimulation from tooth roots, which can lead to further tooth loss. By replacing a single tooth, our team can often prevent further tooth loss, but if you’ve already experienced advanced tooth loss, it’s still essential that you repair your smile to ensure you’re able to eat a variety of foods, speak clearly, and smile confidently.
Partial Denture Restoration
Partials are used to replace numerous missing teeth while preserving healthy tooth structure. The partial is crafted using a gum colored base material to support numerous replacement teeth. The prosthetic is attached to surrounding healthy teeth using metal clasps to support the partial denture.
Similar to partial dentures, full dentures use a gum colored base material to support the full row of replacement teeth. Because there are no remaining healthy teeth to support the restoration, the denture is formed to fit against the gum line. The snug fit between the denture and soft tissue creates suction that holds the denture in place. Some patients also use a small amount of denture adhesive to improve the stability of the full denture.
Dental Implant Dentures
If you want to improve the stability of your tooth replacement prosthetic, an implant supported denture may be a good option. Dental implants are posts inserted below the gum line. They mimic the natural function of lost root structures and provide support for any number of replacement teeth.
Caring for Your New Smile
Whether you have a traditional or an implant-retained denture, you still need to maintain good oral hygiene. While your denture may not decay like natural teeth, plaque and tartar buildup can damage remaining dental structures and increase your risk for tooth decay or gum disease. If you have a removable partial or full denture, you’ll need to brush your denture using ultra soft bristled toothbrushes and minimally abrasive toothpaste. You can even purchase a specialized denture toothbrush. When you’re not wearing your removable denture, it should always be stored in cool water or cleaning solution. You will also need to gently brush any remaining teeth and gum tissue. Antimicrobial oral rinses may improve your gum health and prevent other oral health concerns. If you have an implant supported partial or full denture, you’ll need to brush your teeth each day. Use a soft or ultra soft toothbrush and minimally abrasive toothpaste. Depending on your unique case, we may recommend other at-home care methods to keep your new smile healthy. It’s important to maintain your twice a year dental checkups with our team, so we can examine your dentures and make adjustments as necessary to maintain your optimal oral health.