Would you like to replace missing teeth but don’t think removable dentures are the right solution? If so, Dr. Corey Woods would like to tell you about how dental implants in Albuquerque can help you get back your beautiful, confident smile.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is unlike a bridge or denture because it is a standalone tooth replacement. Instead of sitting on your gums or relying on other teeth for support, a dental implant replaces an entire missing tooth from root to crown.
First, our dental implant dentist places a slim titanium implant post surgically in your jawbone. As it heals for several months, the implant fuses with bone and tissue, becoming so secure that it starts to function as a replacement tooth root. Dr. Woods then attaches an abutment to the implant post that will secure your crown, bridge, or denture in place.
The result is a tooth that looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth and is just as stable. The real secret is the implant post that prevents jawbone loss that normally occurs after losing a tooth. A strong and healthy jawbone helps prevent further tooth loss and supports facial features to prevent an aged appearance.
What’s Involved with Getting a Dental Implant?
Dr. Woods will first evaluate to determine if you are a good dental implant candidate. He takes digital x-rays and uses advanced imaging technology to gauge the level of bone in your jaw and determine if it’s strong enough to support the implant.
This process also includes creating a customized surgical guide that allows our dentist to place the implant with the highest degree of accuracy and precision.
Place Your Dental Implant
Placing a dental implant may seem complicated, but it is not a painful or difficult procedure. Strong local anesthetics ensure that your mouth is numb and you won’t feel any pain as Dr. Woods expertly places your implant in your jaw.
Wait for Dental Implant Healing
Following placement, we need to wait for the implant post to fuse and bond with your jawbone, a process called osseointegration. Implant healing can take anywhere from 3-6 months to complete, but every patient who has gone through the process says the results were well worth the wait!
Restore Appearance So You Can Smile Confidently
The final step in the dental implant process is to attach a customized crown, bridge, or denture to the implant post to complete your smile. Dr. Woods takes pride in the beautiful, lifelike tooth restorations he creates for his patients, and he'll ensure that the results look so natural no one will know it's not a real tooth.
Call Us to Get Started with Dental Implants
Are you interested in learning more about your options for tooth replacement, including dental implants? Call our Albuquerque dental office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Woods to get started.
He will evaluate your needs, explore all your options, and recommend dental implants if they’re the right choice for you. In addition to implants, we also offer dental bridges and full and partial dentures, and Dr. Woods will be happy to explain these options if to you.
Please call Blue Sky Dental at (505) 275-2492 to schedule an appointment to get started!