Without timely treatment, gum disease and tooth decay can severely affect multiple teeth in one area of your mouth. In an extreme case, these teeth might be completely lost or so severely damaged and decayed that Dr. Michael Dana has no other treatment option than to extract them.
Of course, losing these teeth also affects the function of your mouth and impacts your quality of life. To address this problem, we often recommend replacing the teeth with a custom partial denture. A partial denture fits in the gap of your smile and replaces your missing teeth.
Dr. Michael Dana 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 gum disease, he might recommend having them extracted and replaced by the partial denture.
The dentist will then create a detailed impression of the area, including the corresponding teeth in your bite pattern. This will be sent to the professional dental lab where your denture will be created.
Even though the partial will be designed with a tight, custom fit, you might still want to use a little bit of denture adhesive. Not only does it provide an extra-secure hold, but it also helps block out stray food particles.
If you are missing multiple teeth in one part of your mouth, you should call Dana Dental Arts in Spearfish, South Dakota, at 605.642.7727 to see if you’re a good candidate for a partial.