Having multiple teeth lost to a severe dental trauma, advanced gum disease, or multiple cases of untreated tooth decay can significantly impair the function of your mouth. Fortunately, Dr. Lyndel Stripling can offer several forms of dental restoration.
Dental implants inserted in the void might be able to anchor a special dental bridge in your mouth. However, this might call for one or more oral surgeries. If you’re uncomfortable with this type of dental restoration, we might recommend fitting you for a custom partial denture.
This is basically a miniature version of dentures that corresponds to the large void left behind by the lost teeth. It will be set into a pink material that mimics the appearance of gum tissue and restores the critical function of your mouth.
Many partial dentures also include metal-locking hardware that anchors them to the neighboring teeth. Even with this tight hold, many people with partials enjoy using denture adhesive to bond the partial in place and block out stray food particles.
Dr. Lyndel Stripling will start with an examination of the void and the surrounding teeth. This will include taking a few X-rays. If there are any neighboring teeth that have also been compromised by tooth decay or gum disease, he might recommend extracting them so they can be included in the final denture. This will replace all the compromised teeth and ensure the hardware has strong, healthy teeth to lock to.
Your dentist will then cast a detailed impression of the area. This includes the surrounding gums, neighboring teeth, as well as the matching teeth in your bite. The impression will then be sent to a dental lab where your new partial will be carefully prepared.
If you live in the Dallas, Texas, area and you have lost multiple teeth in one part of your mouth, you should call 214-343-9280 to set up a restoration consultation at Lake Highlands Dental.