For a happy, healthy, complete smile, choose dental implants from Dr. Petra Mayer. A skilled periodontist, Dr. Mayer places these modern tooth replacements right in her Albuquerque, NM, office. Choose implants for a lifetime of excellent oral health.
Dental implants and you
Most titanium dental implants are inserted surgically into the jaw bone below the gum tissue. Through osseointegration, bone bonds onto the implant, creating a strong, stable tooth root. After proper healing, Dr. Mayer installs a metal post that accepts a customized porcelain crown. You have a brand-new, fully functional and realistic tooth.
If you have lost several teeth--or are fully edentulous--you may qualify for implant-supported dentures. Usually, your Albuquerque dentist places four or more dental implants in the upper or lower jaw bone and permanently attaches a full denture.
Reasons for getting dental implants
The most important reason is tooth replacement with a prosthetic which improves the amount and quality of bone in the jaw. After tooth loss, bone and gum tissue degrade rapidly.
Other reasons for selecting dental implants include:
- Implants stay in your mouth. You do not remove them, but instead, brush, floss and eat just as if you had natural teeth.
- These devices look and feel like real teeth. Crowns or dentures are fabricated according to Dr. Mayer's instructions and your oral impressions.
- You'll have an improved quality of life. Speech is clearer, eating is easier and your swallowing and digestion will improve dramatically. Also, a beautiful smile always inspires self-confidence.
- Dental implants will never decay. They last a lifetime, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness (IDIA), and oral hygiene is as simple as brushing, flossing and seeing your dentist twice a year for a check-up and professional cleaning. Implants seldom fail; however, you must keep your gums free of plaque to avoid peri-implantitis, an infection resembling gum disease.
Find out more
In her Albuquerque office, Dr. Petra Mayer will outline a treatment plan appropriate for your smile. Call us, won't you, to arrange a consultation? Phone (505) 881-2400.