When smile gaps result from tooth loss, your appearance, oral function, and longevity of neighboring teeth suffer. While conventional tooth replacements are fine as far as they go, dental implants from Dr. Petra Mayer in Albuquerque, NM, exceed patient expectations. They look, feel, and act so much like natural teeth, only you and your dentist will know you have them.
What happens after tooth loss
There are a number of drastic consequences:
- Gum tissue recession
- Loss of bone in the jaw, including bone width, height, and density
- Movement of remaining teeth
- Difficulty in biting, chewing, and speaking
- Premature facial aging (skin sagging and wrinkling)
- Poor self-image
So, Dr. Mayer and her colleagues do all they can to preserve natural tooth structure. However, tooth loss sometimes happens despite our best efforts with at-home oral hygiene and regular in-office care. In fact, the American Association of Endodontists states that sports and accidental injuries to the mouth are responsible for scores of lost teeth every year.
How dental implants help
Dental implants from Dr. Mayer in Albuquerque are today's tooth replacements of choice. Rather than just resting on top of gums, as conventional dentures and bridges do, dental implants actually reside in the jawbone, strengthening it and preserving it through a natural phenomenon called osseointegration.
Osseointegration fuses bone to the titanium implant screw, creating a virtually unbreakable bone and firm foundation for the later addition of an extension post and realistic porcelain crown. However, dentists caution that implant patients must begin their procedures with sufficient bone in their jaws, and they must wait several weeks to months for their implants to fully integrate.
Can you qualify?
Many people are healthy enough and have sufficient bone to receive implants. However, if necessary, thin bone may be augmented with in-office bone grafting procedures. Dr. Mayer will examine you and take X-rays and a CT scan to determine your candidacy for this highly successful restorative treatment.
Also, don't worry if you have substantial tooth loss or even currently wear full conventional dentures. Dr. Mayer offers implant-supported bridges and full dentures which give people the smile aesthetics and oral function they deserve.
Finally, if you are diligent about oral hygiene, don't smoke, and keep your six-month cleaning and exam appointments, you'll do well with dental implants. And, most likely, they'll last you for the rest of your life, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness.
Get new teeth from the best
Dr. Mayer has been named Top Periodontist by Albuquerque The Magazine. So, you know her skills produce fabulously restored smiles. Why not find out if implants can close the gaps in your smile? Call today to arrange a consultation: (505) 881-2400.