Dental implants are artificial teeth that are permanently attached to the jawbone. Unlike dentures, which can be removed for cleaning, implants are designed to stay in the mouth at all times. At Osuna Dental Care, The implant is a small titanium screw surgically placed into the jaw to replace missing or damaged tooth roots. Dental implants are placed by an implant dentist or oral surgeon and can take several months to heal completely. Once healed, your dentist can attach an abutment to the implant. An abutment is a piece of the implant that protrudes from the gum line so that a crown can be attached. Once the crown is in place, it will be as strong and durable as your natural teeth. Your crowns can be made of porcelain, so they are the same color as your natural teeth.
If you have a dental implant installed, keep it clean, healthy, and vital to last a lifetime. Please do so to avoid implant failure and restoration complications. Bacteria can grow in small spaces and start to damage the enamel or gum tissue around the implant. Additionally, you can suffer trauma to the mouth when practicing contact sports or playing rough with pets. This can cause cracks to form and cause the implant to fail. If you’ve experienced a break in your dental implant, you need to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.
When you’ve lost one or more teeth, you may have several options for restoring your smile’s function and appearance. One option that’s often preferred by many of our patients is dental implants. Dental implants can provide a stable base for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Our dentist offers expert implant dentistry services to help patients achieve a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime.
During your initial consultation with our dentist, we will thoroughly assess your situation to determine which restoration is best for you. If you’re a good candidate for dental implants, we’ll work closely with you to choose the best placement to ensure the best restorations. We may also recommend additional treatments, such as bone grafting, to help improve the health and strength of your jawbone in preparation for implant surgery.
Once we’ve completed the implant procedure, you’ll need to wait about three to six months for the area to heal before restoration work can begin. During this time, we may place temporary crowns on the implants so you can leave our office with a fully-functional set of teeth.
Many patients prefer to have dental implants placed to avoid the daily irritation caused by wearing removable prosthetics. Visit Osuna Dental Care at 8400 Osuna Rd NE #5A, Albuquerque, NM 87111, or call (505) 884-1989 for the best dental care.