If you are unsatisfied with the performance of your removable denture, the doctors of Napa Family Dental can surgically place one or more dental implants to support your restoration. The advanced tooth loss solution replaces missing teeth. Once your implant has healed, you can be fitted with a custom crown, bridge, or denture that is anchored to your jawbone — just like natural teeth.
Implants have become a popular treatment at our dental practice due to the many proven oral health and quality of life benefits that titanium posts deliver.
Benefits of Implants
Traditional restorations are a great option for replacing lost teeth, but the restorations require regular adjustments and are prone to slipping. Any prosthetic that is supported by an implant will be incredibly stable. This is because implants replace lost tooth roots. If removable dentures leave you embarrassed to chew and speak in public, our doctors will be glad to explain how an implant-retained prosthetic can help restore natural chewing function. Once your implant-supported restoration is placed, you can enjoy eating steaks and chewy foods with confidence.
Implants also promote healthy bones. Our tooth roots act as mini stimulators that remind the surrounding bone tissue to continually regenerate. Tooth loss eventually leads to bone atrophy. This is one reason why elderly individuals who have lost many teeth often develop cheeks that appear sunken-in. Dental implants prevent bone atrophy. By having implants placed soon after tooth loss or an extraction, you can prevent the loss of jawbone tissue.
Implants also offer a permanent solution to tooth loss. Traditional dentures have to be continually adjusted to account for changes to your gums and bone loss. Implants, when properly cared for and maintained, can last a lifetime. Regular visits to our office for cleanings and exams are one way to ensure that your implants remain healthy over the course of your life.
Most patients who are seeking the life-changing benefits of dental implants are good candidates for the treatment. Before your oral surgery can be scheduled, one of our doctors will need to determine if you can safely receive one or more implants. Two leading risk factors for dental implant placement are tobacco use and jawbone atrophy. If you frequently use tobacco products, you may be asked to cease using those products for a set period of time before and after your implant placement surgery.
Insufficient bone mass can raise your risk of implant failure. If bone atrophy has impeded your candidacy for implants, you may need to undergo bone graft surgery before your implants can be placed. This straightforward treatment can add a few months to your treatment timeline.
Your implant placement will be completed under the calming effects of sedation dentistry. Our doctors will also use local anesthesia to numb the nerves around your tooth so you do not experience discomfort. Once you are comfortable, an incision will be made in your gums so your doctor can reach the underlying bone. Then, a small hole will be drilled into the jawbone to guide the titanium post into place. Gauze will be used to control bleeding following surgery.
You will be given special recovery guidelines that are to be followed closely. As you recover, the implant will begin to fuse with the surrounding jawbone tissue through a process called osseointegration. At some point during your healing process, which can take three to six months, a small metal attachment will be placed on the implant. This abutment is the point of contact between the implant and the prosthetic. The final step in your treatment involves placing your final restoration. This can be a very exciting time for our patients.
Schedule Your Implant Consultation Today
Dental implants restore natural oral function. If tooth loss has left you missing the feel of natural teeth, one of our doctors can explain the dental implant treatment in depth. To schedule your consultation, call our Albuquerque dental practice on (505) 323-7700.