Dental Implants

Dental Implants in Albuquerque, NM

If you have lost one or more teeth, dental implants may be your solution. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots inserted into the jawbone to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Essenmacher Family Dental offers dental implant procedures to patients looking for an improved smile and better dental health.

If you want to know more about implants, give our office in Albuquerque, NM, a call to schedule a dental implant consultation. 

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial replacement teeth permanently fixed to the jawbone. Permanent dental prosthetics can include crowns, bridges, and implant-supported dentures. 

Unlike other tooth-replacement methods, traditional dental implants fuse with the bone, making them a sturdy and long-lasting option for replacing teeth.

Dental implants are made up of two parts: the implant and the abutment. The dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into your jawbone. The abutment is a small connector that joins the implant with the rest of your crown or denture.

Patients have to wait several months after the initial surgery to receive their implant-supported crown, bridge, or denture when receiving a dental implant. This is because your implant needs time to fuse with your jaw bone and your implant site needs time to heal.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are one of the most common tooth-replacement options available today. These are some of the main reasons dental implants are an excellent choice for improving your oral health and appearance.

Natural Look and Feel

Dental implants can be the best option for missing one or more teeth. They appear natural, but they also feel like your own teeth. Unlike other dental procedures, implants fuse with your jawbone and become permanent. The crown will also be color-matched with your natural teeth.

Permanent Solution

Dental implants are a long-term and more permanent solution for missing teeth and can even help preserve the health of the remaining teeth surrounding them. Unlike dentures, which can be loose and uncomfortable, dental implants are anchored firmly in the jawbone.

Long-Term Investment

Patients looking for a more long-term solution to their dental problems typically have great success with dental implants. While they require a substantial financial investment upfront, implants are less costly than other treatments over a long period of time. In addition, with proper care and maintenance, they can last for many years and provide significant improvements in quality of life. 

Improved Oral Health

Implants can improve your dental health in several ways: 

  • It helps to maintain the shape of your face by preventing further bone loss
  • Simplify eating and speaking
  • Reduces your risk of tooth decay and gum disease

Teeth Replacement Options

If you are missing some or all of your teeth, you have a few options for replacing them. You can get dentures, implants, overdentures, or All-on-Four implants. All of these options improve chewing and speaking and provide a more youthful appearance. These are some of the pros and cons of each option.

Dentures

  • Ideal for patients with weak jawbones and gum tissue
  • Less expensive than dental implants
  • Require nightly cleaning 
  • Need to be replaced roughly every 10 years 
  • Jaw bone may deteriorate over time with missing teeth 

Single Dental Implants

  • More expensive upfront
  • Permanent tooth replacement
  • Prevent degrading of the jaw bone where the natural tooth is missing

Overdentures

  • Overdentures, or implant supported dentures, are more secure than traditional dentures
  • Removable, but clip into implants for more stability 
  • Can be used in combination with natural remaining teeth or implants 

All-on-Four

  • This revolutionary technique is the gold standard for replacing a full mouth of teeth 
  • It is also the most expensive
  • Requires yearly periodontal maintenance 
  • Prevents loss of jawbone density 
  • The most expensive option for complete teeth replacement 

Dental Implant FAQs

When would a patient require a bone graft?

A bone graft may be required when there is not enough healthy bone tissue to move forward with dental implant placement. A lack of healthy bone tissue can be due to tooth loss, infection, or congenital disabilities. A bone graft will add to the overall cost of treatment but will reduce your chances of implant failure.

How many implants can be used to replace missing teeth?

With dental implant treatment, you can replace anywhere from one tooth to all of your teeth. In some cases, we may recommend implant-supported dentures or bridges to help restore your smile if you are missing several adjacent teeth in a row. In addition, an implant-supported bridge or implant-supported denture will allow better stability and overall function.

Contact Us

If you are considering dental implants in Albuquerque, NM, our team at Essenmacher Family Dental is skilled in implant dentistry would be more than happy to provide you with a consultation. Our compassionate dental professionals will work with you to create a customized treatment plan that satisfies your individual needs and helps you achieve the beautiful smile you deserve.

Contact our dental office at 505-881-0334 for all your family and cosmetic dentistry needs!