If you are unsatisfied with the performance of your removable denture, the dental implant dentists at NAPA Dental of ABQ can surgically place one or more dental implants to restore your smile. The advanced tooth loss solution replaces missing teeth with a dental implant. Once your dental implant has healed, you can be fitted with a custom dental crown, dental bridge, or denture that is anchored to your jawbone — just like natural teeth.
Dental implants have become a popular treatment at our dental practice due to the many proven oral health and quality-of-life benefits that titanium post dental implants deliver.
Traditional dental restorations are a great option for replacing lost teeth, but the dental restorations require regular adjustments and are prone to slipping. Any prosthetic that is supported by a dental implant will be incredibly stable. This is because dental implants replace lost tooth roots. If removable dentures make you embarrassed to chew and speak in public, our dentists, experienced with dental implants, will gladly explain how a dental implant-retained prosthetic can help restore natural chewing function. Once your dental implant-supported restoration is placed, you can enjoy eating steaks and chewy foods confidently.
Dental Implants also promote healthy jaw bones. Our tooth roots act as mini stimulators that remind the surrounding bone tissue to regenerate continually. Tooth loss eventually leads to bone atrophy. This is one reason why elderly individuals who have lost many teeth often develop cheeks that appear sunken in. Dental implants prevent bone atrophy. By placing dental implants soon after tooth loss or a tooth extraction, you can prevent the loss of jawbone tissue. This is one of the greatest aesthetic benefits to dental implants.
Dental implants also offer a permanent solution to tooth loss. Traditional dentures have to be continually adjusted to account for changes to your gums and bone loss. Dental implants, when properly cared for and maintained, can last a lifetime. Regular visits to our dental office for dental cleanings and oral exams are one way to ensure that your dental implants remain healthy over the course of your life.
If you're interested in learning more about how dental implants can help you restore your smile, book a consultation for Dental Implants with NAPA Dental of ABQ now! Call 505-323-7700 Or Schedule Your Appointment Online and one of our dentists experienced with dental implants will be happy to help you!
Most patients who are seeking the life-changing benefits of dental implants are good candidates for the treatment. Before your dental implant surgery can be scheduled, one of our doctors must determine if you can safely receive one or more implants. Two leading risk factors for dental implant placement are tobacco use and jawbone atrophy. If you frequently use tobacco products, you may be asked to cease using those products for a set period of time before and after your dental implant placement surgery.
Insufficient bone mass can raise your risk of dental implant failure. If bone atrophy has impeded your candidacy for dental implants, you may need to undergo bone graft surgery before your dental implants can be placed. This straightforward treatment can add a few months to your dental implant treatment timeline.
Your dental implant placement will be completed under the calming effects of sedation dentistry. Our doctors will also use local anesthesia to numb the nerves around your tooth so you do not experience discomfort. Once you are comfortable, an incision will be made in your gums so your dentist can reach the underlying bone. Then, a small hole will be drilled into the jawbone to guide the titanium post into place. A gauze will be used to control bleeding following dental implant surgery.
You will be given special recovery guidelines that are to be followed closely. As you recover, the dental implant will begin to fuse with the surrounding jawbone tissue through a process called osseointegration. At some point during your healing process, which can take three to six months, a small metal attachment will be placed on the implant. This dental implant part, called an "abutment," is the point of contact between the dental implant and the dental prosthetic. The final step in your dental implant treatment involves placing your final dental implant restoration. This can be a very exciting time for our patients!
Dental implants restore natural oral function. If tooth loss has left you missing the feel of your natural teeth, one of our dentists can explain the dental implant treatment in depth. To schedule your consultation, call our Albuquerque dental practice on (505) 323-7700.