We want to help people in Albuquerque, NM, enjoy full and healthy smiles, offering dependable solutions to missing teeth. While dental implants address the root portion of your lost teeth, what about the visible part, the part people see when you smile? In today’s blog, we’re talking about the steps we take to create strong and natural looking dental restorations.
Placing the Dental Implant
A dental implant is unlike a bridge or denture. They don’t need crowns, metal clasps, or natural suction to remain in place. Patients also don’t need to wear special adhesives. Instead, we insert them directly into the jawbone. Made from biocompatible titanium, they actually bond with the jawbone through a process known as osseointegration. Afterward, the dental implant acts as a new tooth root, stimulating the growth of jawbone tissue to prevent further tooth loss and preserve the facial structure. They also have the ability to last decades with proper care and attention, compared to bridges and dentures, which typically last about 10 years.
Creating Your Restoration
After we insert the implant, the osseointegration and healing process will take about three to four months to complete. Afterward, we begin focusing on the visible part of your new tooth. Taking impressions and digital images of surrounding teeth will enable us to design and create a lifelike dental crown. We will use ceramic to craft them, as this material looks natural and is very strong and durable. We add an abutment to the new tooth that will hold the dental crown in place. Once complete, your new tooth will look lifelike and blend with the rest of your smile. In addition to addressing a single lost tooth, we’ve also placed multiple dental implants to secure a dental bridge or a full denture.
Caring for Your New Teeth
How do you ensure your new tooth remains bright and stays in place? Routine care protects your dental implant just as it protects your natural teeth. We suggest brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes, using a fluoridated toothpaste each time. You also need to floss before going to bed. See us every six months for a checkup to monitor your smile and a cleaning to remove plaque buildup, safeguarding your smile against tooth decay and gum disease. If you have any questions about missing teeth, then contact our team today.
Looking for a Natural Looking Solution to Missing Teeth?
You don’t have to live with embarrassing gaps in your smile. To find out more information about our tooth loss solutions, schedule an implant consultation by calling Snow Park Dental in Albuquerque, NM today at 505-299-2979. We also proudly serve patients and families living in Rio Rancho, Corrales, Edgewood, Tijeras, Los Lunas, and all surrounding communities.