Tooth loss can hinder the health and appearance of your smile. In fact, even a single missing tooth can threaten the overall stability of your smile. Fortunately, at Snow Park Dental, we provide a state-of-the-art technique for replacing missing teeth and restoring smiles to full function and appearance. In today’s blog, your Albuquerque dentist, Dr. Mark Miller, answers frequently asked questions about dental implants, explaining the restoration capabilities of this breakthrough procedure.
Question: What happens when a person loses a tooth?
Answer: After losing a tooth, the body suspends the flow of calcium and phosphorus to the jawbone. Deprived of these essential nutrients, the jawbone begins to dissolve. Not only does the loss of jawbone density increase the risk of further tooth loss, but it may also cause the patient to take on an aged appearance. In addition, tooth loss often causes the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile to drift, leading to unsightly misalignment. Dental misalignment makes thorough brushing and flossing difficult, elevating the chances of tooth decay and gum disease.
Question: What are dental implants?
Answer: Implants are composed of biocompatible titanium posts. These posts are inserted directly into the jawbone. The bone tissue then bonds with them, anchoring the restorations into place. The body typically accepts the implant posts as natural teeth. As a result, the flow of calcium and phosphorus resumes, protecting and preserving your smile.
Question: Do dental implants look natural?
Answer: Yes. The dental implant is topped with an abutment that holds a custom-made dental crown into place. Your Albuquerque NM cosmetic dentist will also contour your gum line to ensure your implant blends with your surrounding teeth.
Question: How long do implants last?
Answer: On average, a dental implant offers up to 25 years of quality restoration. In some cases, implants have been known to last even longer.
Do you have any more questions about our innovative implant procedures? Then talk to your Albuquerque NM cosmetic dentist, Dr. Mark Miller, today. To schedule an appointment, call us at (505) 596-4479. Also, visit our website to view the smile gallery, print patient forms, and read reviews from loyal patients. We look forward to treating families from Rio Rancho, Corrales, Edgewood, Tijeras, Los Lunas, and surrounding communities.
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