Tooth decay, treatment-related dental extraction, and dental avulsions can all cause the loss of multiple teeth in one area of your mouth. There are a few different methods that Dr. Denise M. Walthour might advocate in a situation like this. If you are averse to the oral surgeries needed for a dental implant bridge, she might recommend fitting you for a custom removable partial denture.
In a certain light, this is a miniature version of dentures that corresponds to the shape and location of the missing teeth. It can be removed at your convenience and reinstalled to restore the function of your mouth. The artificial teeth are set into a base that mimics the appearance of gum tissue, which also serves as a foundation that holds the denture tightly in your mouth.
Your dentist will first need to examine your mouth and take a few X-rays to assess any other questionable teeth. Should she find that additional teeth in the area are compromised, they might also need to be extracted.
Once all the compromised teeth have been addressed, our team will 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 custom made to match your mouth.
While this will give the partial a secure hold with the surrounding teeth and gums, many partial wearers still like to use denture adhesive. Not only does this help lock the appliance in place, but it also helps prevent stray food particles from infiltrating the bond between the partial and the gums.
If you live in the Portland, Oregon, area and you have lost multiple teeth in one area of your mouth, you should call 503-235-7181 to schedule a consultation at Powell Boulevard Dental.