If you’ve struggled with tooth decay problems, multiple extractions, or dental avulsion, it can potentially compromise multiple teeth in one area of your mouth. Dental restoration techniques, like dental implants or an implanted bridge, often require invasive oral surgery. For people who are averse to this mode of treatment, Dr. Carrie Guernsey recommends fitting you for a removable partial denture.
A partial denture in Stoneham, Massachusetts, is basically an abbreviated form of dentures that matches the shape and location of the original missing teeth. It is set into a base that mimics the appearance of gum tissue. The base locks with the gum structure and might also include some special hardware that interlocks with the neighboring natural teeth.
Your dentist will start by examining your mouth and taking a few X-rays to assess any other questionable teeth. If she finds that additional teeth in the area are compromised, she might recommend that they also be extracted and added to the partial.
Once all questionable teeth have been addressed, your dentist will cast a detailed impression of the area. This includes the surrounding teeth and gums as well as the corresponding teeth in your bite. The impression will then be sent to a dental lab where your new partial will be custom made to match your mouth.
While the partial will be designed to lock into place, you might still want to apply a small bead of denture adhesive. This will provide an extra hold and can help block out stray food material.
If you have lost multiple teeth in one part of your mouth, you should call 781-662-1999 to schedule an appointment to be fitted for a partial at North Shore Family Dentistry.