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Dental Implants

Losing even just a single tooth due to illness, decay, or trauma can stop you from smiling and make speaking and chewing difficult.

Timothy M. Kelly, DMD, can use dental implants to restore your missing teeth, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence again.

Learn why our practice in Albuquerque, NM, is the best choice for implant dentistry...

Dr. Kelly Explains the Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are the most natural, comfortable option in tooth restoration today. Dr. Tim Kelly can determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants at our Albuquerque offices. Dental implants are a permanent treatment that support crowns, partial dentures, and dentures.

Do a Lot of People Lose Their Teeth?

Yes. You should not feel alone or ashamed if some or all of your teeth are missing. In fact, a study by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research shows:

Adults lose an average of 7 teeth by the time they are 64 years old.

Isn't It Time to Restore Your Smile? Contact Dr. Tim Kelly about Dental Implants

Dr. Kelly, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, NM, has over 35 years of superior dentistry experience, making him one of New Mexico's most skilled, highly regarded dentists. His inviting practice features the latest dental imaging technology, which is used use to create customized dental implant treatment plans and help our patients achieve their dental health and smile goals. 

Are you ready for your smile to be whole again? Set up a dental implant consultation with Dr. Kelly at his relaxing, state-of-the-art office. Feel free to request a consultation online or give us a call today.

(505) 256-1770

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Real 5-Star Reviews "Thanks Dr. Kelly and Staff! You're Truly the Best!"


Kristina Cano


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I always used to get really scared and anxious when it came to dentists. Dr. Kelly and his entire staff have changed that forever. Everyone is so genuinely welcoming and professional it is hard to believe I am in a dentist office. I highly recommend you come give them a shot, they are sure to win you over! Thank you Dr. Kelly, Lori & Melissa! 

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Justine Judway


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The thought of having something screwed into my jaw just curdled my blood. Dr. Kelly has been my dentist for years now, so when he said yes, this was the best procedure, I trusted him implicitly. When he said the procedure wasn't that bad, I trusted him . . . but admittedly I was still terrified. So, I had the proceed done a few weeks ago now and I must admit - it wasn't too bad at all! Certainly easier that a root canal. Needless to say I was VERY relieved. Dr. Kelly and his warm and caring, professional staff came through for me once again. Thanks Dr. Kelly and staff! You're truly the best!!

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What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are ultra-strong titanium rods that act as artificial tooth roots. At our practice in Albuquerque, NM, Dr. Kelly is able to surgically place implants into your jawbone, where they can remain secured for the rest of your life.

Over the course of four to six months, titanium implants naturally fuse with your bone tissue. Then, they are able to support natural-looking, fully functional crowns, bridges, or dentures, bringing restored form and function to your smile.

See How a Dental Implant Can Complete Your Smile

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Before Patient had a missing tooth that left a gap. You can see the titanium implant protruding from the jaw.
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After A lifelike artificial tooth has been attached to the implant, completing the patient's smile.
Dreaming of a completed, healthy smile? Contact Dr. Kelly today, either by calling our state-of-the-art Albuquerque, NM, office or contacting us online. His extensive knowledge of implant surgery and restoration procedures can make a smile to be proud of more than a dream. Dr. Kelly and his dedicated team of dental professionals can make that a reality.
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Glowing Reviews from Dr. Kelly's Smiling Patients "Best dentist I've been to."


Richard Granfield


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Well deserving of recognition as the best dental clinic in Albuquerque. You'll find Doctor Kelly and his entire staff to be extremely engaging. The good Dr. spends some of his spare time in crafting beautiful pens. If you appreciate precision made writing instruments, check them out.

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Eduardo Vigil


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Best dentist I've been to. Dr. Tim works very well and keeps your teeth/mouth looking great. The office scheduling is perfect, once your appointment is set there is a confirmation text sent to either confirm or cancel your appointment. Overall great place and employees are amazing.

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What the Implant Procedure Looks Like

After an incision is made in the gums, Dr. Kelly will place the titanium post into your jaw. A local anesthetic will be administered so you feel little to no discomfort during the surgery. Our patient-friendly Albuquerque practice also offers safe and relaxing sedation dentistry should  you feel anxious or fearful about the procedure.

Let's Go Over The Procedure Timeline

Dr. Kelly will thoroughly discuss every step of the procedure at our Albuquerque practice with you so you know what to expect. The entire process will take several months, including healing times. 
Dr. Kelly will thoroughly discuss every step of the procedure with you so you know what to expect.
Dr. Kelly will thoroughly discuss every step of the procedure with you so you know what to expect.

Implant Surgery

After making you comfortable with local anesthetic and optional sedation, Dr. Kelly will make small incisions in your gums. Then, he will place the titanium implants through the incisions and into your jawbone. Our practice uses advanced 3-D imaging technology to precisely plan the placement and angle of each dental implant.

Healing Period

A healing period of four to six months is required for the implants to fuse to the jawbone. You'll be given important oral care instructions to follow during this time. Dr. Kelly will often place a temporary crown, bridge, or denture over the implants so you can eat and speak normally until your next appointment at our Albuquerque office.

Abutment Placement

Once your implants are firmly attached to the bone, you will return to our office for a quick surgical procedure to attach a connector, also known as an abutment, to each implant. A second, shorter recovery period of a few weeks is then required for your gums to heal around the abutments.

Creating the Restoration

Once the implant is placed, healed, and is ready to restore, the crown is fabricated to match the implant and your smile.


It's finally time to have your lifelike, high-quality prosthetic teeth secured in place. You will return to our Albuquerque office one more time so Dr. Kelly can attach your restoration and make any last-minute adjustments. After this procedure is done, no one will ever know you were once missing a tooth or even several teeth. Now you're ready to live life and eat healthy with a bright, fully restored smile! 

Get Started Today Contact Us for a Consultation

Take the first step towards a fully restored smile by scheduling a no-pressure consultation at our office in Albuquerque, NM. When you meet with Dr. Kelly, he will examine your smile and honestly recommend whether dental implants are the right solution for you.

Looking for an Albuquerque area dentist to restore your smile with implants or other dental procedures? Experience, skill, a true passion for superior dentistry, and compassion all count. Dr. Kelly has all of these important qualities and more. Talk to him one-to-one during a consultation and discover for yourself why he is the best dentist to restore your smile, oral health, and confidence. Schedule your appointment today either online or by phone.

Call Us: (505) 256-1770

"Worth Every Single Penny"

"All I can say is that Dr. Kelly is the best dentist I’ve ever been to, and I have been to a lot of them... We worked out a plan, he built me new dentures that fit decent. Then we started talking implants. They were expensive, my insurance didn’t cover much of it. But it was worth every single penny. I still see him every six months. I highly recommend Dr. Kelly." Karen Woolsey, 5-Star Google Review

How Implants Protect Your Jawbone

Many of our Albuquerque patients don't realize the full consequences of tooth loss. Yes, losing a tooth creates an unsightly gap in your smile and can make it difficult to chew. But did you know that tooth loss also leads to a weakening of your jawbone?

In order to remain strong and healthy, your jawbone requires constant stimulation from your tooth roots. When a tooth is lost, that stimulation is also lost, and the jawbone begins to atrophy at the site of the missing tooth.

Jawbone atrophy can lead to a sunken facial appearance, a weaker bite, and additional tooth loss. Traditional dentures and bridges do nothing to address this issue because they don't attach to the bone. The only way to reverse this process is to replace the tooth roots with dental implants.

Does Surgery Make You Anxious? Relax with Safe Sedation Dentistry 

Dental surgery can make some of our Albuquerque patients nervous, causing them to put off important procedures. If you suffer from dental anxiety, Dr. Kelly may recommend one of two kinds of sedation dentistry:
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Nitrous Oxide 

Nitrous oxide is a harmless gas delivered through a mask. It provides a state of happy, deep relaxation, and yes, you might giggle a bit! Nitrous wears off quickly, meaning you can drive yourself home after resting in our comfortable Albuquerque office.
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Oral Conscious Sedation

If you choose oral conscious sedation, Dr. Kelly will prescribe anti-anxiety pills to take before the procedure that will help you relax. Since you'll be a bit groggy, please have someone drive you to and from your appointment.

Unsure If Dental Implants Fit Your Smile? Dr. Kelly Can Review Your Candidacy 

Don't let poor oral health prevent you from exploring your options with dental implants. Dr. Kelly has treated patients since 1981 and has the experience to treat a wide variety of issues with teeth, gums, and the jaw.

During a consultation, our Albuquerque dentist can check if you have sufficient bone density for implants. If you don't have enough tissue for traditional or mini implants, our dentist may be able to perform a bone graft or sinus lift to increase your bone density. 

He will also check if you suffer from gum disease or decay in any remaining teeth. Dr. Kelly can perform dentistry treatments to restore your oral health before dental implant placement.

Request a consultation to see how Dr. Kelly can restore your smile with restorative dentistry and dental implants.

Call (505) 256-1770

Patients Love Dr. Kelly's Results 


Larissa Samson


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I recently changed dentists to Dr. Kelly. He replaced two veneers for a reasonable cost, and they look very natural. I highly recommend his office.

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Summer Chavez


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Dr. Kelly was great with explaining everything to me about my TMJ. He was very kind & personable. He made my visit easy & comfortable. Staff was great too!

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Caring for Dental Implants

In addition to being nearly as strong as natural teeth, implant-supported restorations are long-lasting and easy to maintain.


Once your titanium implants fuse to your jawbone, you can care for them with regular flossing, brushing, and attending cleanings at least twice a year at our Albuquerque dental office. With the right care, dental implants will last a lifetime. 


Dental crowns are cared for like natural teeth. You should take extra care to keep your gums clean and healthy so they can continue to support your implants. Antibacterial and fluoride mouthwashes are safe to use with your restorations. Crowns can last 10 to 15 years with good oral hygiene. 


For a dental bridge, you can use super floss, a floss threader, or an interdental brush to clean your gums and abutments underneath the restoration. Your dental bridge can last up to 15 years with proper care. 


Brush your dentures with a soft-bristle toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste at least once a day. Daily flossing is recommended. Since your dentures are anchored by implants, you don't have to worry about soaking them in water every night like traditional dentures. It's important to attend regular dental visits so your dentist can remove your dentures and give them a thorough cleaning. Implant-supported dentures typically last about 10 years.

It is important to be comprehensive about your dental hygiene. Your tongue, cheeks, and the roof of your mouth should also be cleaned. You should attend regular cleanings with your dentist so they can make sure there are no complications with your restoration and oral health. 

Cost and Possible Insurance Coverage

  • Dental implants cost around $1,200 to $1,400 each. This is only slightly higher than traditional dentures and is a worthy investment in your health and appearance.
  • The final cost of your procedure depends on the number of implants and the kind of restorative teeth you need.
  • Insurance coverage for dental implants can be complicated. Your medical or dental plan may partially cover some parts of the procedure but not others. Our team in Albuquerque, NM, can assist you in maximizing your insurance benefits.

More 5-Star Reviews "My Teeth Now Look Great, and My Bite Is Perfect."


Diana Denson


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This is absolutely the most comfortable, efficient and personable dental office I have experienced in Albuquerque. Dr Kelly explains more than any other dentist I’ve seen, and he patiently works with you until you are completely comfortable and satisfied with how your mouth feels after your dental work. Highly recommended.

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Gail Chasey


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Dr. Kelly has been my dentist for years, and I'm glad to have found him. He is an expert in dental health. My teeth now look great, and my bite is perfect. The staff are excellent and the office is very efficiently run. 

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Dr. Timothy M. Kelly

Timothy M. Kelly, DMD, PA

Timothy M. Kelly, DMD, PA, has been in practice in Albuquerque, NM, since 1981. He provides a wide range of cosmetic, restorative, and general dental services, with a special emphasis on the treatment of TMJ disorder. Some of our most popular services include:

To request an appointment with Dr. Kelly, please fill out our online form or call (505) 256-1770.

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"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

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