Losing several teeth leads to major complications for your smile, from trouble eating and speaking to a greater risk of losing additional teeth. In order to restore the health and function of your smile, we may suggest dentures. In today’s blog, we’re answering questions about full and partial dentures, and discussing the benefits they offer our Albuquerque, NM, patients.
Frequently Asked Questions About Our Dentures
Question: How do you create them?
Answer: In addition to restoring the function and health of a smile, we also want your new teeth to look natural and match your smile’s appearance, as well as your facial structure. For that reason, we always take detailed images and impressions of your smile, which enables experts at a dental lab to design and create the prosthetic. We also use lifelike materials to create them. The bases will typically be made using acrylic, designed to look like gum tissue. The teeth will often be crafted from ceramic, a strong material that can be shaded to match the surrounding teeth.
Question: Can you support them with dental implants?
Answer: Yes! While full dentures are often held in place with suction, we can also offer greater security by placing between six and eight dental implant posts per arch to support them. In some cases, we may also be able to place them in one day using one four dental implants. The same goes with bridges and partials, as we may be able to secure them using dental implants. These options tend to last much longer, decades in some cases, and never slip during meals or speech.
Question: What is a partial?
Answer: A partial is unique, designed to address tooth loss too severe for a dental bridge but not serious enough to require a full prosthetic. The prosthetic consists of the new teeth, an acrylic base, and metal clasps that attach to the natural teeth, securing your replacement ones. We use them to replace missing teeth, even if the gaps are spread out across your arch.
Question: How long do they last?
Answer: That depends on a number of factors, including your dedication to maintaining good oral health and seeing us every six months for checkups and cleanings. However, a removable prosthetic lasts around 5 to 10 year, an implant secured option could last decades with proper care and attention, and if you receive a bridge, your new teeth could last between 10 and 15 years.
Ready for Dentures?
At Snow Park Dental, Dr. Mark A. Miller and our team will help you achieve a functional, healthy, and beautiful smile. We can offer strong and durable dentures that look natural. Contact us today at 505-299-2979 to schedule a consultation at our Albuquerque, NM, office. We welcome patients and families from Rio Rancho, Tijeras, Los Lunas, and all surrounding communities.