An estimated 178 million Americans are missing one or more teeth. Highly experienced cosmetic dentist Linda Kay Nichols DMD, PA, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, offers dental implants to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are the most advanced form of tooth replacement available, restoring the function of your teeth with artificial teeth that look and feel like natural teeth. To find out if you’re a candidate for implants, call the office or book an appointment online.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that can support artificial teeth. The implant is inserted into your jawbone like your natural teeth roots, under the gum line, and holds replacement teeth, crowns, bridges, or dentures in place.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, dental implants help you regain confidence with replacement teeth that look and feel like your natural teeth and are just as strong.
If you’re in good general health with healthy gum tissues free of periodontal disease, you are a candidate for dental implants. Dr. Nichols uses 3D cone beam technology to produce three-dimensional images of your teeth, jawbone, soft tissues, and nerve pathways to make sure your jaw can support a dental implant.
Once it’s determined you are a candidate for dental implants, Dr. Nichols schedules your oral surgery appointment. During the procedure, a local anesthetic is administered to ensure your comfort. Dr. Nichols uses a dental drill and surgical stints to place the implant into your jawbone.
After placement, your jaw needs several months to heal. You may receive a temporary, removable artificial tooth to wear while it heals. During the healing process, your jaw will fuse around the implant.
Once healed, you schedule another appointment at which Dr. Nichols places a permanent, natural-looking artificial tooth to the secured implant to fully restore your smile.
Dental implants are firmly attached to your mouth, restoring the function of your teeth and eliminating unsightly gaps from missing teeth. Compared to other teeth replacement options, dental implants provide greater support and durability. Replacement teeth secured to the mouth with implants won’t slip or slide around your mouth, either.
In addition to improving your smile and providing full biting and chewing function, dental implants also prevent health risks caused by missing teeth. Having gaps in your smile can cause your teeth to move, which may lead to crooked teeth or an uncomfortable bite. As teeth move out of place, they are also harder to clean and become susceptible to decay.
There is no reason your dental implants can’t last the rest of your life with proper care. More than 90% of dental implants last over 30 years. Treating implants the same as your natural teeth is the key to ensure the longevity of implants. Brush and floss twice daily and maintain regular visits to Dr. Nichols for cleaning and exams.
To schedule a consultation on dental implants, call Linda Kay Nichols, DMD, PA, or use the online booking tool today.