Are you currently mulling over your tooth replacement options? Our Albuquerque, NM, periodontist, Dr. Petra Mayer, discusses a few reasons you may want to consider dental implants.
How implants can help
Dental implants are an excellent choice if you're looking for a long-lasting solution to tooth loss. Titanium implants act as replacement tooth roots and bond to your jawbone. As long as you take proper care of your implants, you can expect them to last your entire life.
Implants are placed in openings made in your jawbone during a minor procedure in our Albuquerque office. After bonding occurs in a few months, a crown will be added to your implant, completing the restoration of your lost tooth.
Are dental implants the right choice for me?
Dental implants are a good option if you want a new tooth that feels and looks natural. Your new crown is made from an impression of your mouth and is designed to fit the opening in your smile perfectly. Because dental implants are firmly attached to your jawbone, your new tooth won't slip or slide when you bite into food.
Dental implants are easier to clean than bridges or dentures. If you're committed to regular brushing and flossing, you already have the skills needed to care for implants. Flossing under the crown is particularly important. If you don't floss this area thoroughly, bacteria-laden plaque can collect and cause an infection.
Whether you've lost a tooth to an injury, abscess, decay or gum infection, dental implants can improve your smile. Although implants are most commonly used to replace a single tooth, they also offer an excellent alternative to bridges and dentures.
Implants also help you avoid bone loss in your jaw, in addition to filling the gap in your teeth. The problem occurs when your teeth roots no longer stimulate the bone. Eventually, the bone begins to recede, which may lead to tooth loss and changes in the appearance of your face. Dental implants prevent these changes from occurring because they exert continuous pressure on your jawbone.
Dental implants offer an effective way to restore lost teeth. If you're interested in beginning the dental implant process, call Albuquerque, NM, periodontist, Dr. Mayer, at (505) 881-2400 to schedule an appointment.