Dental implants are permanent tooth replacements that are designed to look and function just like natural teeth. The implant procedure consists of two phases. The first phase replaces the roots of missing teeth. During this phase, small titanium implant posts are surgically implanted into the jawbone. Patients will be given a temporary restoration to wear during this phase. Once healing is complete, patients will return for the second phase, during which the restoration will be attached to the implant posts.
Dental implant placement process
During dental implant placement, the implant post is implanted into the jaw bone, where it fuses with the bone and forms a support structure for the replacement tooth. The healing process usually takes up to six months. Once the jaw has healed, an abutment is attached, and the crown is placed.
Benefits of dental implants
- Dental implants feel natural in your mouth. Other tooth replacement options, such as dentures, can feel uncomfortable.
- Dental implants are also permanent, so you don’t have to worry about temporary tooth replacements.
- Another advantage of dental implants is that they are stable in your mouth.
- You can brush and floss your teeth normally because dental implants are fused to your jawbone.
Dental implant alternatives
Although dental implants are one of the best ways to replace missing teeth, there are other options as well. If a patient is not a good candidate for dental implants, there are a number of other tooth replacement options that are perfect for them, such as dentures, partials, or bridges.
Our team of experts can talk to you about your tooth replacement options during your consultation. We’ll also perform a thorough dental exam. This will help us determine if dental implants are right for you.
How do you care for dental implants?
Dental implants require the same care as your other teeth. Brushing and flossing should be done daily, and deep cleanings are recommended twice a year. If you have dental implants, practice caution when eating hard foods. This includes nuts and popcorn. Hard foods, such as ice and bones can also damage dental implants.
How long does dental implant treatment take?
Most patients say that dental implant treatment takes between 6 months and a year to complete. This timeline can vary depending on the condition of the patient’s mouth, the severity of the condition, and the number of implants that need to be replaced.
Patients can expect short treatment sessions for each phase. During the first phase, the dentist will take a dental impression of the gums and jawbone, which will be sent to a dental lab for processing. The dentist will place a temporary crown on the implant during this visit. In the second phase, the temporary crown will be replaced with a permanent crown.
To find out more about the dental services offered at Gherardi and Moore Dental, call (505)-293-6125 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit Dentist in Albuquerque, NM at 8310 Palomas Ave NE Suite A, Albuquerque, NM 87109.