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July 08, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

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:

  1. Implants stay in your mouth. You do not remove them, but instead, brush, floss and eat just as if you had natural teeth.
  2. These devices look and feel like real teeth. Crowns or dentures are fabricated according to Dr. Mayer's instructions and your oral impressions.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.


When it comes to replacing a missing tooth, you have several options, including a removable partial denture or a fixed bridge. But the premier choice is “the new kid on the block” at just over thirty years old: dental implants. Implants are by far the most popular tooth replacement choice among both patients and dentists.

But they also happen to be the most expensive option, at least initially. So the question is, why invest in dental implants over less costly choices?

Here are 3 reasons why implants could be well worth their price.

More Like a real tooth than other restorations. Implants can match the life-like appearance of any other replacement choice, often utilizing the same types of materials. But where they really excel is in function—how they perform while biting and chewing. This is because the dental implant’s titanium post imbedded in the jawbone replaces the tooth root. No other dental restoration can do that—or perform better when comparing the resulting functionality.

Best long-term solution. As we mentioned before, the initial implant cost is typically higher than either dentures or bridges. But you should also consider their durability compared to other choices. It could be potentially much longer—possibly decades. This is because the titanium post creates an ultra-strong hold in the jawbone as bone cells naturally grow and adhere to this particular metal. The resulting hold can withstand the daily forces generated during eating and chewing. With proper care they might even last a lifetime, and actually cost you less in the long run over other choices.

Adaptable to other types of restoration. Implants have greater uses other than as individual tooth replacements. A few strategically placed implants can also be used to support removable dentures or a fixed bridge for multiple teeth or an entire dental arch. As the technology continues to advance, implants are helping to make other restoration options stronger, more stable and longer lasting—and adding more value to your investment.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants 101.”

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
January 13, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   dentures  

While celebrating all that a new year brings, take a moment to remember the New Year's Day birthday of a true American patriot: the legendary Paul Revere. Ironically, he became a legend some 80 years after his midnight trek to warn colonists of approaching British troops, thanks to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's 1861 poem “Paul Revere's Ride.” He was much better known to his fellow Bostonians as a prosperous silversmith, engraver—and “artificial teeth” maker.

That's right. Among his many business endeavors, Revere's résumé also included dental prosthetics, specifically custom dentures made of ivory. For the time, his work was state-of-the-art technology that far surpassed older tooth replacement methods.

But when we compare Revere's foray into the dental arts and today's restorations, his high quality 18th Century dentures were the proverbial “horse and buggy,” while modern denture technology seems like “supersonic transport.” Not only are today's dentures made of superior materials that are more “toothlike” in appearance, the means to create them using digital technology gives wearers a more secure and comfortable fit.

The modern denture—an appliance that replaces multiple or all lost teeth—is composed of a polymer base, usually acrylic that is colored to resemble gum tissue. Attached to this base are the prosthetic (“false”) teeth that replace those lost along the jaw. These new teeth are usually made of a durable dental material like porcelain that looks and functions like real teeth.

The basic design of today's denture hasn't changed much in the last century. What has changed is our ability to create dentures that follow an individual jaw contours much more precisely. Using the latest digital technology, we're able to obtain highly accurate impressions of the mouth to guide the manufacturing process. Fit is critically important for how dentures feel and function in the mouth. If they are too loose, they become uncomfortable and limit which foods you can eat.

If that weren't enough, recent advancements with dental implants have taken dentures to an entirely new level, beyond anything imaginable in Revere's day. We're now able to create dentures that connect or are permanently affixed to implants set within the jaw, which makes them more stable and secure. An implant-supported denture also helps prevent bone loss, a weakness of traditional dentures, causing them to loosen over time.

As amazing as they are, we wouldn't have the modern version of dentures without craftsmen like Paul Revere who helped advance the cause of dental restoration. So, lift a glass of holiday cheer this season to this hero of the American Revolution—and of American dentistry.

If you would like more information about tooth replacement restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Removable Full Dentures.”

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.