When Albuquerque, NM, residents suffer from tooth loss, our team is ready to help them obtain a full and functional smile once again. With implant dentistry, we can provide patients with a durable and long-lasting solution to tooth loss, a solution that looks completely natural. But how do you know if you’re ready for implant dentistry?
The Risks of Untreated Tooth Loss
When we lose a tooth, the body responds quickly. The doses of calcium and phosphorus regularly sent to the jawbone will cease for the tissue around the missing teeth, meaning the bone tissue loses density and mass. Eventually, this leads to further tooth loss and for some, a much older appearance. Missing teeth are also linked to higher risks of misalignment, TMJ disorder, bruxism (teeth grinding), and even tooth decay and gum disease. Even if you lose a single tooth, you should let your dentist know as soon as possible.
Qualifying for Implant Placement
Dental implants don’t rely on crowns, clasps, or suction to stay in place. Instead, we insert them into the jawbone where they bond with the bone tissue through a process known as osseointegration, securing them like natural tooth roots. Which means you must have enough stable jawbone tissue to support the new tooth, or otherwise may need to perform a bone grafting procedure first. We also look for the presence of gum disease, as the advanced stage could cause your new tooth to fail. Treatment to manage any underlying oral health issues may be needed to protect your new and natural teeth.
Restoration and Prosthetics
For a single dental implant, we will add an abutment that anchors a dental crown in place, restoring the visible portion of the new tooth. The crown will be created using lifelike materials that can absorb bite forces and blend with the rest of your smile. If you have lost several teeth, then multiple dental implants can be used to secure a bridge or even a denture, providing a prosthetic that never slips and can stay in place for decades, possibly even a lifetime. If you have suffered from one or more missing teeth, then please let our office know. We can start the process now of addressing your lost teeth and improving the health, function, and beauty of your smile.
Interested in Dental Implants?
If you have one or more missing teeth, then don’t let the health and appearance of your smile continue to suffer. To learn more about implant dentistry, then schedule an implant consultation by calling Snow Park Dental in Albuquerque, NM today at 505-299-2979. We also proudly serve patients and families living in Rio Rancho, Corrales, Edgewood, and all surrounding communities.