When people first invented dentures, they were to rebuild entire dental ridges that have lost all of their teeth. Today, dentures still accomplish that purpose, but they can also help patients regain their smiles when they still have some healthy, natural teeth remaining. Traditionally, placing a full denture would have required extracting those teeth to make room for the prosthesis. However, today’s partial dentures can be precisely designed and crafted to complement existing teeth so patients can enjoy new, full smiles without having to sacrifice the healthy tooth structure that remains.
Addressing Complex Tooth Loss
If you’ve only lost a single tooth or two teeth that are adjacent to each other, then a dental bridge could likely close the gap and restore your smile’s healthy function and appearance. However, many cases of tooth loss involve multiple teeth that aren’t next to each other, and therefore, cannot be successfully addressed with a dental bridge. Instead, your dentist can design a partial denture with a base that sits comfortably on your dental ridge and replacement teeth in the precise places where you’ve lost teeth.
Addressing Complete Tooth Loss
With a partial denture, you can restore your smile’s ability to function properly as well as its appearance, which reduces your risks of experiencing further tooth loss and needing a complete denture. However, if you’ve already lost all of the teeth one on or both ridges, then complete dentures can be designed with the same level of comfort and precision. The row of replacement teeth will be designed according to the unique details of your dentition and optimal size, shape, and contours of your natural teeth, ensuring a highly lifelike and durable fit.
Rebuild Your Smile with a Partial or Full Denture
Whether you’ve lost several teeth in varying places along your dental ridge, or all of your teeth on one or both ridges, a partial or full denture can help regain the smile of your youth. To learn more, schedule an appointment with your dentist by calling Keelan Dental in Butler, PA, at (724) 256-4612. Our Smile Certified experts happily serve patients from Butler, Cranberry Township, Mars, Pittsburgh, Butler County, and all surrounding communities.