Dental Implants: Everything You Need (& want!) to Know

Do you have one or more missing teeth? Are you tired of removable dental restorations, like traditional dentures? Then, you might be looking for the best dental implants Albuquerque, New Mexico has to offer. But, before you begin your restorative dentistry journey, you’ll need to learn more about dental implants.

At Napa Family Dental, our team can replace missing teeth with dental implant surgery.  If you’re ready to schedule your initial consultation for dental implant placement with our compassionate dental professionals, then you can call our Albuquerque, NM, dental office at 505-323-7700 or book online

What are traditional dental implants?

A tooth implant is a surgical-grade titanium post that a dental professional inserts directly into the jaw bone. Implant treatment requires oral surgery, but a dentist will administer local anesthesia and use other sedation dentistry solutions to make the procedure as painless as possible.

Once the implant has healed, a dentist can place prosthetic teeth (such as implant-supported dentures, an implant-supported crown, or an implant-supported bridge) on top of the implant. Whether patients want to replace one tooth or get a full arch restoration, the end result of this dental treatment is a smile that looks just like your natural teeth.

Why do I need dental implants?

Dental implant services are great for people who have lost one or more teeth due to tooth decay, a dental emergency, gum disease, or other oral health-related issues.

But that’s not the only reason to seek implant dentistry–prolonged tooth loss can lead to jaw bone loss. Implants work to prevent the loss of bone tissue by acting as natural tooth roots. This means that they encourage proper blood circulation and healthy nerve development, too.  

Our Albuquerque, NM dentist, Dr. Antani, recommends that patients replace missing teeth as soon as possible to prevent jaw bone deterioration. For patients with prolonged tooth loss, a bone graft procedure may be necessary before beginning the initial surgery.

How common is implant failure?

Implants have an extraordinarily high success rate of approximately 98%. This means that traditional implants are a safe and effective treatment option for many patients.

Am I a good candidate?

Our Albuquerque practice determines your candidacy based on several factors. For example, our dentist will examine your medical history, assess your dental health, consider how many teeth you’re missing, and explore all the benefits of restorative and cosmetic dentistry before beginning treatment.

In some cases, patients may need to undergo preparatory procedures (such as a dental cleaning and cavity treatment) to reinstate good dental health before getting implant surgery.

What is the cost of dental implants?

Dental implant cost is variable. The amount that actual patients will pay depends on their dental insurance, the condition of adjacent teeth, whether they need preparatory treatment, the number of teeth they want to be replaced, and what kind of restorations they need.

At Napa Family Dental, we strongly advise our patients to confirm implant coverage with their insurance company. However, we are more than happy to sit down with you and discuss the projected amount of the final treatment cost.

How do I care for my implant?

Caring for a new implant is easy! Nothing more than good oral hygiene is enough to ensure that your new restoration remains healthy. So, brushing at least twice daily, flossing at least once daily, limiting sugary and acidic foods and drinks, and visiting our dental practice regularly are all ways to preserve your implant.

Is there more to implants than just improving my appearance?

Yes! According to the American Dental Association, the genesis of teeth implants has been revolutionizing dentistry for the past 40 years. However, more than just replacing a missing tooth or improving your aesthetic, research suggests that implants have the added benefit of mitigating the negative psychological conditions associated with tooth loss.

Schedule your dental implant consultation today!

If you’re searching for a stellar dental implant center, then look no further than Napa Family Dental in Albuquerque, NM. Our caring team will discuss your options, including your candidacy and the projected final cost of your treatment. To request an appointment, call 505-323-7700 or book online.

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