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Dental implants and dentures replace missing teeth

A dental implant is a permanent, long-lasting solution for replacing missing teeth. Considered the “gold standard” in tooth replacement, dental implants have success rates 95% and higher in nonsmokers. Plus they look, feel and function most like natural teeth.

The dental implant process involves two parts. During the first part, a dental specialist trained in implant placement, such as a periodontist or oral surgeon, places a titanium “post” into the supporting bone below the gum. We then allow the area to heal.

Once healed, usually three to six months after implant placement, our dentists place a permanent crown painlessly. During this second part of the process, surrounding teeth are left untouched. Caring for the implant is the same as caring for a natural tooth. Implants can last many years and can be a cost-effective, long-term tooth replacement option whether they are placed singly, to support a bridge or under dentures.

Not your grandparents dentures and partials

Partial and full dentures have been around for a very long time. Thanks to modern technology and materials, and vastly improved fitting techniques, today’s dentures and partials not only replace missing teeth but can improve your appearance dramatically. We use partial dentures to fill gaps in teeth and full dentures to replace all of the upper and/or lower teeth.

Our dentist first creates a dental mold of your mouth and sends it to a lab. The lab creates a finished denture that gives the appearance of a full set of beautiful teeth. We can also use different techniques to minimize excessive denture movement either by creating “clasps” on the denture to hold it in place or by relining an existing denture to improve the fit and make it feel more snug. It’s also important to note that dentures and partials can also be permanently anchored with titanium posts. These are called implant-supported dentures.

To learn more about dental implants and dentures, please call 575.521.0127 for your free consultation. You can also use our online Request an Appointment form to book your one-on-one time with one of our dental specialists.


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