Without timely professional treatment, tooth decay can gradually spread from one tooth to another. As time goes by, this could lead to multiple dental fractures or even the complete loss of multiple teeth. In some instances, these teeth can be replaced by dental implants. However, if you’re averse to this option due to the extenuated timetable and oral surgeries required, Dr. Yong Eon Park might recommend fitting you for a partial denture.
This is a custom-shaped, removable dental appliance that replicates the original teeth. The replacement teeth are set into a base that mimics the appearance of gum tissue, which also serves as a foundation to hold the teeth tightly in your mouth.
Dr. Yong Eon Park will start the process with a thorough examination of your mouth and by taking a few X-rays to assess any other questionable teeth. If he finds that additional teeth in the area are compromised, he might recommend having those teeth extracted and added to the partial denture.
After any compromised teeth have been addressed, Dr. Yong Eon Park will cast a detailed impression of the area. This includes the surrounding gums, nearby teeth, and 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.
Even though the partial will fit firmly in place, you might still want to use denture adhesive to secure it in place. This can also help block food particles from getting between the gums and your partial.
If you live in the Bakersfield, California, area and you’ve lost multiple teeth in one area of your mouth, you should call 661.588.2772 to explore your options at Bright Dental Care.