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.
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.