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By PETRA I MAYER DDS
April 13, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

If you’re missing a tooth or two, one of the teeth replacement options available to you is dental implants. Implants offer a way to replace an entire tooth, including the tooth roots. While there are other teeth restorations out there, dental implants are usually considered as one of the most long-lasting and innovative options for replacing lost teeth. Here at the practice of Dr. Petra Mayer in Albuquerque, NM, she uses dental implants to keep our patients’ smiles whole and healthy. But how do implants do this exactly? Find out here.

The Only Teeth Replacement That Preserves The Jawbone are Dental Implants

Whenever you chew or bite, the action produces sensations and pressures that affected the tooth roots and surrounding bone. Your body needs this stimulation since it signals the body to continuously renew old jawbone cells. So when you lose even one tooth, the jawbone under that lost tooth will lose this essential stimulation so all the dying and old jawbone cells won’t be replaced. Dental implants, however, will replace the tooth roots and provide the stimulation needed to preserve the jawbone.

Dental Implants Safeguard and Stabilize Existing Teeth

The loss of jawbone has a destabilizing impact on the remaining teeth near the empty space left by the lost tooth. Preventing jawbone loss also safeguards your real teeth. Otherwise, the teeth near the empty space might drift away since they’ll gradually become less stable. This will then impact your ability to chew food and bite properly. Replacing a lost tooth with implants will also make certain that the load will be distributed evenly among all the other teeth whenever you chew or bite, preventing excess and premature wear on your real teeth.

Implants Maintain Your Facial Dimensions

You’ve probably seen people who have sort of sunken facial features because they have multiple missing teeth. Once your dentist in Albuquerque, NM, has placed your dental implants, you will avoid this problem. In addition, maintaining proper facial dimensions aids in protecting the jaw joints, making sure that they retain the proper range of motion to help prevent TMD or temporomandibular joint disorder.

Improved Nutrition

When you have dental implants, you’ll find that you’re free to eat virtually anything you want since they will be capable of withstanding pressure just like your real teeth. As an added bonus, a well-nourished body will be more efficient at fighting off all kinds of diseases and infections.

Interested in Dental Implants? Give Us a Call

Schedule your appointment with Dr. Petra Mayer here at our practice in Albuquerque, NM, by calling (505) 881-2400.

By Petra I Mayer DDS
August 22, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

If you have lost one or more teeth, your best replacement solution is the dental implant, for this treatment option offers unmatched stability, longevity, and aesthetic appeal. Here at our Albuquerque office, your dentist, Dr. Petra Mayer, places and restores dental implants to give patients fully restored smiles—read on to learn more!

Dental Implants from our Albuquerque Office

These titanium implants reside in the jaw, naturally adhering to and fusing with the bone (a process called osseointegration). In fact, the more a dental implant is used, the more resilient the bond becomes because of this phenomenon.

When osseointegration is complete, Dr. Mayer attaches a metal extension post and customized porcelain crown to the implant. This step finishes the restoration, allowing patients to enjoy decades of excellent biting, chewing, and of course, smiling.

Besides replacing single teeth, your dentist can use dental implants to support multi-tooth bridges and dentures. All of these appendages improve jaw bone quality and size, but unlike conventional partial or full dentures, implant prosthetics do not slip or require adhesives/support from adjoining teeth.

Should you choose dental implants?

The American Academy of Implant Dentistry says that about three million Americans have dental implants, and these artificial teeth could be right for you, too!

To find out, arrange a dental implant consultation with Dr. Mayer. She'll examine your teeth, gums, and bone structure to see if your oral health is optimal and if you have enough bone in your jaw to support the implant device. If the bone is thin, don't fret—Dr. Mayer can build it up with donor bone or other augmentation materials.

Caring for dental implants

If you're concerned that caring for dental implants is complicated, think again. Implant patients simply brush twice a day, floss once daily, and receive semi-annual check-ups and hygienic cleanings with Dr. Petra. People who grind their teeth are encouraged to wear acrylic bite guards, and smokers should quit their tobacco habit, as cigarettes can cause an infection in the implant sites.

Learn more

Call Dr. Mayer's Albuquerque office team today at (505) 881-2400 to set-up a dental implant consultation. She'll answer all your questions about these amazing restorations.