ALBUQUERQUE DENTAL IMPLANTS

If you are in need of a dental crown, all-porcelain crowns offer an attractive, strong, and long-lasting way to restore your smile. All-porcelain crowns can repair cracked, severely decayed, or cosmetically compromised teeth, and
Dr. Timothy Kelly proudly offers them at his Albuquerque dental practice.

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THE BENEFITS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS

Dental implants provide a wealth of benefits. No treatment is best for every patient, but for those who do choose implant tooth replacement, there are a number of advantages, including:
  • Because they actually become fused with the jawbone, they eliminate the possibility of replacement teeth slipping out of place while you are chewing or speaking. Many patients say the support dental implants provide feels virtually identical to that provided by their natural teeth.
  • Also, dental implants can preserve the structural integrity of the jawbone. In the absence of tooth roots, the jawbone will slowly begin to atrophy as the body resorbs bone cells at the site of the missing tooth. However, the body perceives dental implants to be tooth roots, halting this process and maintaining the natural structure of the jaw and shape and volume of the soft tissue.
  • If your missing teeth are causing an imbalance in your smile that results in TMJ disorder, dental implants can provide an excellent foundation for relief. Dr. Kelly is a TMJ disorder expert, and he can use implants and other solutions to help you achieve the comfortable, healthy smile you deserve.
  • Dental implants are the most natural, comfortable option in tooth restoration available today.
  • With proper care, your implant supported tooth replacement can last twenty years or longer before it needs to be repaired or replaced.

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INDICATIONS FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS

Dr. Kelly can determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants after a thorough oral exam. A dental implant, first and foremost, requires adequate bone mass in the jaw. If you have waited a long time to replace a missing tooth, you may have lost some bone mass. In this case, you may require a bone graft to accommodate an implant. As with any oral surgery, the best candidates for dental implants are those who don't use tobacco, as nicotine will hinder the all-important process of the bone fusing to the implant. Once we determine that you are a good candidate for restoration with dental implants, we’ll work with you to create a restoration plan. In most cases, we’ll recommend the following:

One Missing Tooth

To replace a single tooth, we’ll use one implant to support a custom crafted dental crown to restore the entire tooth both the root and crown.

Several Missing Tooth

To replace multiple teeth, we will likely recommend a more conservative solution than individual implants and crowns for each tooth. For two or more consecutive missing teeth, we’ll recommend a fixed bridge supported by two implant posts, one at each end. For both consecutive and nonconsecutive teeth, a partial denture may be a better option. Partials are crafted using a base structure to support replacement teeth. The partial denture base is molded to fit snuggly between remaining dental structures. Then, the partial is held in place with two to four strategically positioned implant posts.

Missing All Teeth

If you’ve lost one or both full rows of teeth, we’ll use an implant supported denture to fully restore your smile. Like a partial, a full denture uses a base material to support the full row of replacement teeth. We can typically use between four and six implant posts to support the full denture.

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PLACING DENTAL IMPLANTS

During the initial surgery, an incision is made in the gum tissue, exposing the jawbone. Next, a small pilot hole is drilled into the jaw. The threaded implant is then inserted, and the gum is stitched closed. Over the next three to six months, a process called osseointegration occurs in which, as the jawbone heals, it will bond directly to the implant. Once this process is complete, you will return for a second surgery. An incision is made in the gums, exposing the implant. A special abutment is attached to the top of the implant, which will serve as the support above the gum line for your restorations.
The gums are then stitched closed around the abutment. Once the gums have healed, the process of restoring your implant can begin. We’ll design and craft your replacement tooth or teeth to look and function just like your healthy, natural smile. In some cases, we’re able to attach a temporary while we create your flawless, custom crown, bridge, or denture. In most cases, we receive the final replacement teeth from our lab in a few weeks. Once we get the final restoration back, you’ll return to our office for your final visit where we attach your flawless dental crown, bridge, or denture.

DENTAL IMPLANT TREATMENT TIMELINE

The final restoration back, you’ll return to our office for your final visit where we attach your flawless dental crown, bridge, or denture.

DENTAL IMPLANT TREATMENT TIMELINE

Depending on the individual case, replacing missing teeth with dental implants can take anywhere from 10 to 12 months or longer. The first step to completing these treatments is scheduling a consultation appointment with Dr. Kelly. During this initial office visit, we can plan for your individual treatment, and give you a better idea of what your treatment timeline will be.

Following your consultation appointment, the next step will be providing any preparatory treatments necessary, including restoring optimal oral health before we get started. In addition to restorative dentistry treatments, we may also need to extract one or more teeth before beginning the implant tooth replacement plan. For those patients who lack necessary bone and soft tissue to support their implants, grafting procedures will also be provided.

Next, your dental implant post or posts are surgically positioned into the gums and jawbone. Once in place, you’ll need to wait three to six months for the implants to fuse with the bone and gum tissue. This process is called osseointegration.

Once the implant has fused with the jawbone, we’ll design your replacement tooth or teeth to be crafted by our trusted dental lab. When we receive your final replacement tooth, you’ll return to our office, so we can attach your restoration to the implant posts, leaving you with a flawless smile.

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THE COST OF DENTAL IMPLANTS

Like the timeline, the cost of your dental implant tooth replacement plan will depend in large part on your unique treatment plan. Factors that affect the price of your plan include:

The size of dental implant and materials used to craft them

The number and location of missing teeth

The need for preparatory treatments like extractions and tissue grafts

The type of replacement tooth or teeth

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