Dental Implants in Albuquerque
Terry Gomez DDS offers dental implants in Albuquerque, NM. Before the development of dental implants, dentures were the only alternative to replacing a missing tooth or teeth.
Dental implants are synthetic structures placed in the part of the tooth where the root would normally be. Implants are anchored to the jawbone and serve as the foundation for a tooth replacement or permanent bridge. Implants can also be used to attach dentures in some cases.
However, implants are not for everyone. For an implant to do its job, a candidate needs good bone density and a strong immune system. And of course, all dental implants demand strict oral hygiene.
Implants are so well designed that they look and feel just like natural teeth. They’re usually made of a synthetic yet biocompatible material like ceramic or metal.
Surgery is necessary by an oral surgeon or a periodontist to prep the area for an implant and place it in the mouth. After the procedure, the implant needs time to take hold and build up bone tissue to anchor the device. Sometimes metal posts are inserted into the implant during a follow-up to connect the tooth.
Because implants require surgery, patients receive anesthesia and, if necessary, antibiotics to prevent infection after the procedure.
Once the implant is stable, a dental implant crown or bridge may be placed on the implant. Like any restoration, implants require diligent oral hygiene and care to ensure they last a long time.