Losing a large number of your teeth causes both your appearance and your oral health to suffer, leading to major complications. To address these gaps and restore function and beauty to your smile, your Albuquerque, NM, dentist may suggest dentures secured with dental implants. In today’s blog, we’re answering questions about implant dentures.
Frequently Asked Questions About Implant Dentures
Question: How do you create them?
Answer: Each one is custom-made, as this ensures a comfortable fit and better function, as well as a lifelike appearance. If we need to extract any remaining teeth, we can. Afterward, we take detailed impressions and measurements of your smile, which we use to design and craft your prosthetic. The base portion is made from acrylic and mimics the look of gum tissue. We use durable and lifelike materials, such as ceramic, to create the new teeth, which absorbs bite forces and offers a natural appearance.
Question: How long do they last?
Answer: With removable dentures, replacement is necessary every 5 to 10 years as the shape of the jaw ridge changes. These changes occur as the body suspends the flow of nutrients to the bone tissue around missing teeth, causing the tissue to eventually break down and change shape, which leads to an older appearance and further tooth loss. But since dental implants are inserted into the jawbone, this stimulates the growth of bone tissue and supports your new teeth, allowing them to last for decades, possibly even a lifetime.
Question: What benefits will dental implants offer?
Answer: They will be fixed in place, so they don’t need to be removed for soaking or cleaning. This also means they never slip when you eat or speak. You can eat your favorite foods again, and they last much longer than other removable prosthetics. Since you don’t lose bone structure as a result of missing tooth roots, this means your facial structure is preserved, helping you avoid the aged appearance often associated with tooth loss.
Question: How do I maintain them?
Answer: You simply brush and floss them as you would natural teeth, to control plaque buildup and prevent issues like periodontitis, which could threaten your new smile. You also need to see our team every six months for a checkup and cleaning, so we can make sure they continue to offer lifelike and durable tooth replacement!
Ready for a Whole Smile Again?
We’re ready to help you obtain a full and stunning new smile with advanced technology and lifelike prosthetics. To learn more about addressing tooth loss with dental implants, then 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, and all surrounding communities.