Advanced tooth loss is painful and stressful. Replacing missing teeth doesn’t have to be. At Smiles in Springfield, we’re dedicated to helping patients recreate their lost tooth structure using custom crafted partial and full dentures. Our high quality tooth replacement prosthetics will look, feel, and function like healthy, natural smiles, so you will feel confident speaking, chewing, and smiling in every personal and professional situation. If you want to learn more about partial and full dentures and all of our other restorative dentistry solutions, call our team to schedule a tooth replacement consultation in our Springfield dental office.
When even a single tooth is not replaced, the result can be devastating to your oral health. Without a full smile, remaining teeth begin to shift out of alignment to fill the gaps in your smile. Without healthy tooth roots to stimulate your gums and bone tissue, these supportive structures break down over time, increasing risk for further tooth loss. When advanced tooth loss occurs, you lose the ability to perform the simplest daily functions like speaking clearly, chewing a variety of foods, or smiling with confidence. To ensure optimal health, teeth should be replaced as soon as possible, especially if you’ve lost numerous teeth.
When patients have numerous consecutive and nonconsecutive missing teeth, we can replace them all using a partial denture. These tooth replacement prosthetics fill the gaps in patients’ smiles to restore full form and function. A gum-colored base material is molded to fit between remaining teeth. The replacement teeth are supported by this base material, and the entire partial denture is held in place by clasps attached to surrounding healthy teeth.
Full dentures are crafted using a gum colored base material to support an entire row of teeth. Without remaining healthy teeth to provide support for the denture, we rely on natural suction to hold the prosthetic in place. When properly crafted, full dentures will stay firmly in place through suction alone, but some patients do feel more secure using a small amount of denture adhesive.
Once you have your partial or full denture, you need to take care of it to ensure it will work properly. You should brush your denture at least once a day before storing them over night. After you remove your denture and before you replace it in the morning, you should clean your soft tissue and any remaining healthy teeth. If you still have remaining teeth, continue to brush them twice a day and floss at least once each day. Otherwise, you can gently cleanse your gum tissue using a toothbrush and/or antimicrobial mouth rinse. You will also need to visit our team twice a year for dental checkups. During these biannual appointments, we’ll examine the fit and function of your dentures. When necessary, we’ll make adjustments to ensure optimal fit and function.