We’ve discussed how we use dental implants to support bridges, but can we do the same for partial dentures? We use partials to address complicated cases of tooth loss, and yes, we can offer a fixed option with dental implants. In today’s blog, your Livonia, MI, dentist talks about how we support a prosthetic and help it last for decades!
When Smiles Need a Partial Denture
A partial denture deals with severe tooth loss in cases where patients still have a substantial number of teeth remaining, so extraction isn’t necessary. Instead, there are gaps, some small and others large, spread out across the arch. A partial can address this as the prosthetic contains new teeth set in an acrylic base. The base is designed to mimic the appearance of gum tissue, and the new teeth are crafted from materials like ceramic, which are durable and can be shaded to offer a lifelike appearance. There are also metal clasps in the removable options, which connect to natural teeth to secure the denture firmly in place.
Treating Complicated Cases of Tooth Loss
To create the prosthetic and proceed with the implant placement process, we first need to address any underlying oral health issues, such as gum disease, to ensure a successful implant placement and longevity of your new teeth. We then gather detailed digital images, including digital x-rays, of the smile to plan the placement process. We want to choose the precise angle and position, so we avoid sinus cavities and nerve tissues, and the jawbone can be stimulated to prevent the breakdown that follows tooth loss. This allows the implant portion to last for decades to come.
Dental Implants and Dentures
We use digital surgical guides to oversee the placement of the post into the jaw. Once in place, we can attach abutments to them. The next step is to connect the denture, securing it firmly in place. No need for clasps at all! The dental implants will prevent the prosthetic from ever shifting as you eat and speak, and also make the need for soaking it unnecessary. The prosthetic can stay in a place for decades or for some, a lifetime. We will monitor your new smile every six months with a checkup and cleaning, so we can help you maintain your remaining natural teeth, and ensure your prosthetic remains firmly in place.
If you have any questions, then give us a call today.
Do You Have Questions About Implant Options?
Even if you have a very complicated case of tooth loss, we can still help with implant dentistry. To learn more about the benefits of implant partial prosthetics, then call James Stewart, DDS, dental implant office in Livonia, MI, at (734) 425-4400. We also serve the residents of Farmington, Plymouth, Dearborn Heights, and all surrounding communities.