Tooth decay is often the unfortunate result of poor oral hygiene and reticence to seek professional care with a trained dentist. When this happens, you are at increased risk of the tooth decay spreading, infecting the root, or causing a severe dental fracture.
If multiple teeth in one area are lost this way, they might not be viable for restoration by a dental implant. This is even more likely to be an issue if you’ve struggled with severe periodontal disease in the past.
In a situation like this, the dentists at Bright Dental Care’s clinic in Bakersfield, California, can fit you for a removable partial. This dental appliance mimics the appearance and function of the missing teeth, set into a pink medium that matches the appearance of your gums.
The process of fitting you for a partial starts with a thorough examination of the area to make sure the surrounding teeth are healthy and strong. If any other teeth in the area have also been compromised by tooth decay or periodontal disease, the dentist might recommend having them extracted and added to the partial.
We will then prepare a detailed impression of the area, including the corresponding teeth in your bite pattern. This will be sent to a professional dental lab, where you partial will be created to fit perfectly into the void between the two adjacent teeth.
Even though the partial will be designed to fit firmly in place, you might still want to use denture adhesive. This can help lock the partial in place, while also serving to prevent food particles from infiltrating the base along the gums.
If you live in the Bakersfield, California, area and you have suffered multiple tooth losses, you should call 661.588.2772 to schedule a restoration consultation at Bright Dental Care’s clinic.