Dental Implants Albuquerque
Dr. Tim Kelly places and restores dental implants at his Albuquerque practice. If you are missing teeth, there is no better solution for restoring the comfort, functionality, and appearance of your smile. Dental implants are small titanium posts surgically implanted in the jaw, providing the ultimate anchor for dentures, crowns, and bridges. Placing dental implants generally requires two surgeries, and three to six months of healing time. However, they can provide a lifetime of support, allowing you to chew, speak, and smile with the utmost confidence. If you have questions about dental implants, or would like to find out whether you are a suitable candidate for this treatment, please contact our office today.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants provide a wealth of benefits. Because they actually become fused with the jaw bone, they eliminate the possibility of dentures slipping out of place while chewing or speaking. Many patients say the support dental implants provide feels virtually identical to that provided by natural tooth roots. Meanwhile, dental implants can preserve the structural integrity of the jaw bone. In the absence of tooth roots, the jaw bone will slowly begin to atrophy as the body resorbs bone cells at the site of the missing tooth. However, the body perceives dental implants as tooth roots, halting this process and maintaining the structure of the jaw.
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 Implant Candidates
A dental implant 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 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 becoming fused to the implant.
Placing Dental Implants
During the initial surgery, an incision is made in the gum, exposing the jaw bone. Next, a small pilot hole is drilled into the bone. The threaded implant is then inserted, and the gum is stitched closed. Over the next three to six months, a process called osseointegration occurs. As the jaw bone heals, it will bond directly to the implant. Once this process is complete, you will return for a second surgery. An incision is once again made in the gums, exposing the implant. A special abutment is attached to the top of the implant, which will serve as the point of contact with 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 believe that every patient has infinite worth and should be treated with dignity and respect. We are dedicated to educating, creating awareness, and empowering people to make treatment choices that are consistent with their own beliefs, needs and desires.” Dr. Tim Kelly