If you’ve had multiple teeth lost to tooth decay or extraction, it can severely impair your ability to chew food. It can even cause you to slur your speech or alter your physical appearance. To address a problem like this without the use of invasive dental treatments, Dr. J. Richard Burch might recommend fitting you for a removable partial denture.
A partial denture in Kansas City, Missouri, is basically an abbreviated form of dentures that replicates the missing teeth in a specific location of your mouth. It is set into a base that mimics the appearance of gum tissue, which also serves as a foundation to hold the teeth tightly in your mouth.
Dr. J. Richard Burch will start by examining your mouth and taking a few x-rays to make sure the surrounding teeth are healthy. If he finds that additional teeth in the area are suffering from untreated decay, he will offer a treatment plan for those teeth. This might include additional extractions and adding replacement teeth to the partial.
After all questionable teeth have been addressed, Dr. J. Richard Burch will make a detailed impression of the area. This includes the surrounding gums, neighboring teeth, and the corresponding 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 the partial will fit tightly in place, you might want to also use a little denture adhesive. This will give you an extra hold while also helping block out food particles from working into the base of the gums.
If you are interested in being fitted for a removable partial, you should call 816-822-0990 to schedule an appointment at KC Smile Doc.