Whether from decay, fracture periodontal disease or injury, many people will lose a tooth at some point in their life. Regardless of the cause, dental implants are a great way to replace a missing tooth, or several missing teeth. Dental implants can be used to replace individual teeth, multiple teeth, or to add retention to removable dentures. Dental implants can also be used to replace a full set of missing teeth. They are the most popular way for patients to replace a single missing tooth, and patients report greater satisfaction with a dental implant versus a bridge or denture.
Dental implants are a multi-step procedure that will provide you with a natural looking tooth that can last for years. Dental implants are artificial roots, generally made of titanium, surgically placed into the bone of your jaw. Dental implants are placed by our skilled dentists in our Albuquerque dental office as an outpatient procedure.
After a few months of healing, the implant will be ready for its new crown. Impressions will be taken for an abutment and crown. The abutment and crown will mimic the natural neck and crown of a tooth, creating a natural appearance. Dental implants look and feel like your natural teeth, allowing for exceptional aesthetics, easier eating and maintenance compared to bridges and removable dentures, improved speech, and durability. Just like with your natural teeth, it is important to brush, floss and get regular dental cleanings with dental implants. Although you cannot get a cavity on a dental implant, you can still develop gum disease without proper care and maintenance. It is often recommended that you use a nightguard after your dental implants are placed to prevent future fracture or damage to your new tooth.