We know how embarrassing a gap in your smile due to tooth loss can be. Fortunately, we can help correct the problem with a replacement option. We can use dental implants to provide a durable and long-lasting option for addressing tooth loss. In today’s blog, let’s look at frequently asked questions about dental implants.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
Question: What makes a good candidate?
Answer: We first look for any underlying health issues, such as periodontal disease, which could potentially threaten your new tooth. We may need to treat these issue before proceeding. We will also look at the strength of your jawbone. If you’ve lost significant jawbone tissue due to tooth loss, you may require a bone grafting before we can continue with the implant placement.
Question: How does placement occur?
Answer: An oral surgeon will insert the implant into the jawbone. We then wait for between three and four months for the area to heal, during which time the jawbone and implant will bond, securing the new tooth like an actual root. This process is known as osseointegration.
Question: How do you restore them?
Answer: For a single tooth option, we will create a custom-made dental crown and place it onto the implant with an abutment. If you’re receiving a prosthetic, we will create the bridge or denture and then attach it to the multiple implants that have been placed, anchoring it firmly in place.
Question: How long will a dental implant last?
Answer: With proper care and attention, they can last for decades. In some cases, they can last a lifetime! If you have any questions about addressing tooth loss with implant dentistry, then please contact our office today. We can examine you to see if you’re a good candidate for a dental implant!
Do You Need a Replacement Tooth?
At Snow Park Dental, Dr. Mark A. Miller can discuss options to address tooth loss and help you enjoy a full smile once again. Contact us today at 505-299-2979 to schedule a consultation at our Albuquerque, NM, office. We welcome patients and families from Rio Rancho, Corrales, Edgewood, Tijeras, Los Lunas, and all surrounding communities.