Millions of Americas suffer tooth loss despite improvements in dental care. This is mostly due to tooth decay, gingivitis or injury. For many years treatment was limited but today, dental implants are available.
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a good anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be a solution for replacing single or multiple missing teeth. Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.
There is a number of reasons why you should consider our affordable dental implants in Albuquerque:
Without the root structure of a natural tooth present, the jawbone can shrink. This shrinkage will make your face look older than it is.
There are no loose parts to worry about. The dental implant is stable and comfortable. No adjustment is needed after placement. Normally, it will serve its owner for life.
They look and feel like your own teeth giving you back your smile
In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. Patients should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. They also must be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Heavy smokers, people suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders — such as diabetes or heart disease — or patients who have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area need to be evaluated on an individual basis.
There are three parts to an implant. The first part is a titanium screw that is placed in the bone (by a surgeon) that serves as the root of their implant and gives it stability. The second part is a small part that comes out of the titanium screw called an abutment, and the third part is the crown that goes over the abutment and is cemented in place. The crown closely resembles a tooth both in function and form.
The advantage of dental implants over bridges and dentures is the implant will maintain the bone height of the jaw surrounding the implant. On top of this, the dental implant is a fixed solution, meaning it is permanently in place. Finally, the implant is a standalone solution that acts, looks, and feels like a natural tooth would.
Dr. Gallegos works closely with his dental lab to match the implant tooth to your existing teeth. The crown of the implant will look just like a natural tooth for you to enjoy for years to come.
Yes, there is going to be a brief adaptation period following the cementation of the crown. However, following this period you will be able to chew on the implant with the same chewing capacity of a natural tooth.
Being a renowned dental clinic in Albuquerque, implants are part of our comprehensive line of dental services. We use high-end modern technology and we make sure that our patients’ needs and requirements are met precisely.
If you are considering a dental implant, you can schedule an appointment and explore the possibilities with Dr. Gallegos. Alternatively, you can take a look at our other restorative dentistry services as well.