In our previous blog, we took a look at how a partial can address advanced tooth loss. But what if you’ve lost all of your teeth, or at least a majority of them? In this situation, your Albuquerque, NM, dentist may suggest creating and placing a full denture. In today’s blog, let’s look at how we create removable and implant-secured dentures.
Losing the majority of your teeth means you won’t be able to eat your favorite foods, and by being forced to subsist on soft foods, you could deprive yourself of essential nutrients. In addition, this could make speaking difficult. The lack of tooth roots also causes the body to stop the flow of calcium and phosphorus to the jawbone, causing the bone tissue to break down and lead to a prematurely aged appearance. By addressing your tooth loss, we can help protect your smile from many of these complications.
To begin, we will need to take a series of detailed images and impressions of your smile. Using these images and impressions, we can design a prosthetic that fits comfortably and will reflect your unique facial structure. The denture will consist of a base made from acrylic, one that is also designed to look like natural gum tissue. The teeth will be created from lifelike materials, such as ceramic, which means they be shaded to match the color of natural teeth and that they can absorb serious bite forces and pressure. Suction will hold them in place, or you may use a special adhesive. On average, they last about 5 to 10 years, requiring replacement as your jaw ridge changes shape. We will provide detailed instructions for removing them for soaking and cleaning.
In addition to removable dentures, we can also support them with dental implants, offering a fixed version that never slips when you eat or speak. We will insert between six and eight dental implants per arch, or for some, as little as four. After the placement area heals and the implants bond with the jawbone, a process known as osseointegration, we will attach the custom-made prosthetic. Since dental implants act as new tooth roots, the body resumes the flow of calcium and phosphorus, which prevents the jaw ridge from changing shape and helps them last decades, potentially even a lifetime. If you have any questions about addressing tooth loss with a custom-made prosthetic, then contact our team today.
For people with missing teeth, we can provide a strong and durable solution to restore smiles. For more information on how we create custom-made prosthetics, then schedule a consultation with us by calling Snow Park Dental in Albuquerque, NM, today at (505) 596-4479.
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