When we lose one to three teeth in a row, we may benefit from a dental bridge. But what if we have multiple gaps in the smile, or have lost the majority of our teeth? In these situations, restoring function and beauty to your smile may mean a denture. In today’s blog, your Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist will look at the difference between our full and partial options.
The Causes of Tooth Loss
Why do we lose natural teeth in the first place? The causes vary, and could include issues like untreated decay or infection, which often lead to teeth falling out or requiring removal to prevent the spread of infection. You could also lose them to injury. However, the most common cause is periodontitis, the advanced stage of gum disease. This stage attacks the tissues that connect the teeth and gum, often leading to severe causes of multiple missing teeth. Unless addressed, your quality of life suffers as eating and speaking becomes difficult!
A full denture is a complete prosthetic that addresses every tooth on one or both arches in your smile. The prosthetic will contain a full row of lifelike teeth created from durable materials. The new teeth will be set in a base made from acrylic, which is designed to look like gum tissue. Natural suction holds them in place, and some patients also benefit from the use of a special adhesive. They tend to last 5 to 10 years, requiring replacement as the shape of the jaw ridge changes.
A partial works great for people with gaps spread out across the smile but not enough missing teeth to warrant a full set of dentures. The prosthetic again contains lifelike teeth set in an acrylic base, but there are also metal clasps that attach to natural teeth to secure the prosthetic in place. The claps won’t be visible once your denture is in place, and again, the prosthetic will last about 5 to 10 years on average. We can also discuss care to help prevent further tooth loss and preserve as much of your natural smile a possible. If you have any questions about the causes of missing teeth, or about preventing tooth loss, then contact our team today. We will also answer any questions about our custom-made tooth replacements, and discuss the care needed to keep them strong and functional!
Do You Have Missing Teeth?
We want to help you maintain a full and functional smile for years to come. Schedule a visit with your Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist right away by calling Stadium Dental and Orthodontics at (909) 476-9678. We proudly welcome patients from Rancho Cucamonga, CA, as well as Ontario, Fontana, Upland, Rialto, and the surrounding communities.