Learn more about this popular tooth replacement and how it can help you.
Interested in getting dental implants from our Albuquerque, NM, periodontist Dr. Petra Mayer? If so, then chances are good that you have questions about this long-term tooth replacement. Here are the answers to some of the top questions about dental implants.
What are dental implants?
Implants are made up of three different parts:
- The implant: A small post (often made from titanium) that is meant to replace the roots of your tooth.
- An abutment: This piece sits on top of the metal implant and connects the implant to the false tooth.
- The artificial tooth: This can be anything from a dental crown to a full set of dentures, depending on how many teeth need to be replaced.
How are dental implants placed?
Getting implants requires surgery so that we can place the implant into the jawbone where it will function just like real tooth roots and to support an artificial tooth. Surgery is minor and performed right here in the office under local anesthesia. It usually takes about one hour to place a single implant.
How long does it take to get dental implants?
This will differ from patient to patient based on different factors. Once we run x-rays and create your treatment plan, our Albuquerque, NM, implant dentist will be able to give you an estimate regarding how long it will take to get your implant. Factors include:
- The health of the jawbone
- How quickly your mouth heals after surgery
- Your medical history
- How many implants are placed
- Where implants are placed
How long does a dental implant last?
Since the implant becomes a permanent part of the jawbone you’ll have this restoration for the rest of your life, provided that you maintain good oral hygiene and keep the implant healthy and well cared for. Implants usually last for several decades; however, the dental crown or artificial tooth may need to be replaced every few years.
Who is a good candidate for implants?
Any adult who maintains good oral hygiene and is healthy could be a potential candidate for implants. We will need to go through your medical history to make sure there aren’t any pre-existing health problems that could affect the implant process. We will also discuss your lifestyle and any habits that can also have an impact on the health of the implant.
If you are dealing with tooth loss in Albuquerque, NM, and want to find out if dental implants are the right option for you then call our dental office today to schedule a consultation with us.