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Columbia Dentist Answers Questions About Partial Dentures

Do you currently have one or more missing teeth? In addition to negatively affecting your appearance, missing teeth endanger your dental health, as well. Thankfully, your Columbia dentist, Dr. David Foster, offers a solution. In today’s blog, Dr. Foster answers common questions about partial dentures.

Frequently Asked Questions About Partial Dentures

Question: When should I replace a missing tooth?

Answer: As soon as possible. When you lose a tooth, the surrounding teeth may begin to drift towards the empty socket. This causes misalignment, which can make eating difficult, hurt your appearance, increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, and even lead to further tooth loss.

Question: What are partial dentures?

Answer: Partial dentures are a set of natural looking replacement teeth that attach to surrounding teeth with metal clasps. Partial dentures help patients avoid misalignment and allow them to resume eating normally.

Question: How do I care for my partial denture?

Answer: Your Columbia TN dentist recommends cleaning and brushing your partial dentures once a day, removing any stray food particles. Routine maintenance also keeps plaque from adhering to or staining the surface of your dentures. Denture cleaners and soaking solutions are available, too.

Question: How do I prevent further tooth loss?

Answer: A variety of factors can lead to tooth loss, such as oral trauma. However, the most common causes are tooth decay and gum disease. These serious dental issues can potentially be avoided with regular dental care. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once. Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash. With a few simple steps, you can help cleanse your mouth of food particles and harmful bacteria, aiding in the prevention of tooth loss.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Columbia TN Dentist

Interested in returning your smile to full function and appearance with partial dentures? For more information about dentures and other restorative procedures, talk to your Columbia TN dentist today. Dr. Foster offers the latest in general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to improve smiles for the whole family. Schedule an appointment our 38401 dentist office by calling (931) 388-3384. We welcome patients from Columbia, Spring Hill, Mt. Pleasant, Lewisburg, Lewisburg, Hohenwald, Centerville and surrounding communities.

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