Untreated tooth decay can affect and compromise multiple teeth in one area of your mouth. If the problem goes ignored for too long, it could result in the loss of multiple teeth and compromise the full function of your mouth. This is even more likely to occur if you’ve had chronic gum disease in the past.
To address a problem like this, your dentist, Dr. Barron, might recommend fitting you for a custom partial. This is essentially an abbreviated form of removable dentures that fits in the area where the other teeth are missing. It is seen as a much less invasive treatment option compared to having dental implants surgically installed into the gums.
Your dentist will examine the area to make sure all of the surrounding teeth are healthy and strong. If any of the teeth in the area are also compromised by tooth decay or periodontal disease, he might recommend having them extracted and added to the partial.
The dentist will then create a detailed impression of the area, including the corresponding teeth in your bite pattern. This will be sent to a professional dental lab where your partial will be made to fit perfectly into the void between the two neighboring teeth.
Even though the partial will fit securely on its own, many people with a partial like to use denture adhesive. Not only does it provide an extra-secure hold, but it also helps block out stray food particles.
If you are interested in a custom partial to replace the function of your missing teeth, you should call 817.732.1626 to schedule an appointment at Barron Dentistry.