Living with missing teeth can be difficult and embarrassing, and can even jeopardize your oral health.
Dr. Michael Haight is a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) who can place and restore dental implants to completely restore your smile.
Why should you replace missing teeth with dental implants?
Function & Aesthetics
Gaps in your smile can affect your ability to chew and speak properly. Replacing your teeth with implant-supported crowns, bridges, and dentures can restore function, aesthetics, and confidence.
Improved Oral Health
Dental implants act as artificial tooth roots and provide the necessary stimulation to preserve the jawbone. This helps to prevent misalignment and further tooth loss.
A Long-Lasting Solution
Dental implants are made of titanium. When properly maintained through regular dental checkups and at-home care, your dental implants can last 40 years or longer.
How do dental implants work?
So just how many people are missing teeth?
What are implants most commonly recommended for?
Implants Can Replace Tooth Roots For:
Single Missing Teeth
Patients who come to our Albuquerque office with a single missing tooth can fill in the gap with an implant-supported crown.
Several Teeth in a Row
If you are missing several adjacent teeth, you can choose an implant-supported bridge to close large gaps in your smile.
Full Missing Arch
Implants can also anchor dentures directly to your jawbone. This denture option offers maximum support and stability.
Replace Missing Teeth & Stabilize Dentures
Dental implants are an excellent, long-lasting, and strong option to replace one or several teeth. Implants free patients at our practice from the concerns typically associated with dentures, such as shifting, a poor fit, and food restrictions. Dental implants are natural-looking replacement teeth that are fixed directly into the jaw.
This all sounds impressive, but do I even qualify?
Am I Healthy with Sufficient Bone Tissue?
Candidates for dental implants must be in overall good health and have enough bone to support a dental implant. However, a bone graft can rebuild lost bone tissue and help some patients qualify.
Do I Care for My Smile Properly?
Dental implants require the same care as your natural teeth. Patients must follow excellent oral hygiene, which includes brushing, flossing, and eating a nutritious diet. Twice-yearly check-ups are also a must.
Am I Free of Gum Disease?
Patients with a high risk of developing periodontal or gum disease, such as smokers and diabetics, may not be good candidates for dental implants without preparatory treatment. We can treat you at our office.
Which type of dental implants does Parkway Dental use?
All-Titanium Implants for Better Health
After extensive research, Dr. Haight chose to use Ossotanium Implants. Ossotanium Implants were developed at Los Alamos National Labs and are technologically advanced implants crafted from 100 percent titanium.
Many implant companies will mix titanium with aluminum or vanadium. However, with the health concerns associated with using aluminum in the body, Dr. Haight is proud to offer his patients a pure titanium product.
Take a look at how an implant-supported restoration fits into your smile...
Advanced Tools Take the Guesswork out of Surgery
Using our advanced 3-D cone beam scanner, Dr. Haight can precisely plan your treatment and design a custom surgical guide. During the procedure, the technology can highlight the exact areas of the bone ridge where the implants should be placed. This technique takes the guesswork out of implant placement, offering patients the most accurate care available.
Preparing for Implant Surgery
Patients interested in implant dentistry must first meet with Dr. Haight for an initial consultation. During this visit, he will:
- Review your medical history
- Ask why you are interested in dental implants
- Perform a comprehensive assessment of your teeth, gums, bone ridge, jawbone, and jaw joints
As part of your oral assessment, he will take x-rays and 3-D cone beam scans to evaluate the health of the underlying jawbone and identify important orofacial landmarks. If he notices any degree of jawbone atrophy, you may need preparatory procedures such as a bone graft or sinus lift to boost your candidacy for implants. Undergoing these procedures before placement can significantly increase your chances for success.
Once it is determined that you are a candidate for implants, Dr. Haight and his Albuquerque office staff will walk you through each step so you know what to expect.
What to Expect during Treatment at Our Albuquerque Office
Before beginning, Dr. Haight will administer local anesthesia. This will numb the gums and surrounding tissues, keeping you comfortable throughout your treatment.
Next, the doctor will make a small incision in the gum tissue to access the bone ridge underneath. This can either be done with a traditional gum flap or a small circular incision.
A surgical guide will be placed over the bone ridge so that Dr. Haight can determine the most appropriate location for your implant. He can then create a small pilot hole in the bone tissue.
Preparation of the Site
Once the pilot hole is made, Dr. Haight will carefully increase its diameter to prepare the bone ridge for the implant post.
After creating a hole of an appropriate depth and diameter, Dr. Haight can place the implant directly into the prepared jawbone.
Placement of Healing Cap
Once the implant has been placed, a small healing cap will be placed into the internal portion of the post. This seals the interior off from the mouth and promotes healing.
Finally, the incision will be closed with surgical sutures. In most cases, the stitches will dissolve on their own within the first few days. However, certain kinds of sutures must be removed in-office.
The entire process usually takes about one to two hours per implant. If you opt for sedation dentistry as part of your treatment, you will need a trusted friend to drive you home.
Tips for a Healthy Healing & Recovery
Because receiving dental implants requires surgery, patients must be prepared for a much longer recovery than that of other restorative procedures like dental crowns. However, these side effects can be mitigated by following a few simple post-operative guidelines. Generally, patients can expect to resume normal activities after a few days. Here, we will discuss what to anticipate during your dental implant recovery.
Immediately following Dental Implant Surgery
Once your surgery is complete, you will be advised to rest at home for the remainder of the day. Listed below are a few recommendations to make this initial period of recovery as comfortable as possible:
- Pain management: Like any surgical procedure, patients can expect some level of pain or discomfort following the procedure. Fortunately, this can be alleviated with over-the-counter pain medication, which should be taken as directed by your doctor.
- Bleeding: It is normal to experience some mild bleeding following your dental implant surgery. Before you leave our office, we may place a piece of gauze over the surgical site. This should be left in place for approximately 30 minutes. If bleeding persists, a moistened tea bag can be placed over the site. Gently bite down on the tea bag for about 15 minutes. The tannic acid in the tea will help shrink the blood vessels and capillaries, reducing bleeding.
- Swelling: Some inflammation and swelling can occur after dental implant surgery. To reduce these side effects, place a cold compress on the external jaw in 20-minute increments.
- Diet: It is a good idea to stick to liquids and soft foods until the numbness wears off. Smoothies, milkshakes, pudding, gelatin, and pasta are all excellent choices. In addition, we strongly recommend that you avoid straws for the first few days in order to avoid dislodging blood clots that form over the surgical site.
- Oral care: Although you will be asked to use caution when cleaning the surgical site, it is still important to gently brush and floss during recovery. This helps keep harmful bacteria at bay and reduces the risk of infection and other complications.
Generally, postoperative side effects fade within the first few days.
Proper healing is an essential part of a successful dental implant treatment.
The First Week
Most patients are able to return to their normal activities within 24 to 72 hours.
- Discomfort, bleeding, and swelling: Typically, bleeding will stop completely within the first 48 hours. Discomfort can be managed with pain relievers and swelling can be eased with cold compresses.
- Diet: We recommend that patients continue a soft food diet for the first week following surgery. After that, begin to introduce more solid foods as your comfort level allows.
- Exercise: Patients should try to avoid any strenuous activity for at least 72 hours. Elevating the heart rate can lead to increased bleeding, swelling, and discomfort.
- Oral care: Continue brushing and flossing gently. As you feel more comfortable, you can brush more thoroughly. You can also incorporate warm saltwater rinses to soothe the surgical site.
While this initial discomfort will fade quickly, patients must be prepared for several more months of healing.
The First Few Months
After dental implant placement, it will take several months to heal completely. During this time, the natural bone tissue will fuse to the titanium implants in a process known as osseointegration. Depending on the complexity of your case and your body’s healing capability, this could take between three and six months and even longer in some instances.
Home Care during Your Dental Implant Recovery
During your recovery period, it is essential that you follow proper oral hygiene protocol and avoid tobacco use. You should also keep attending all routine dental appointments so that your doctor can monitor your progress and assess your oral health.
Before & After Implant Placement
The Results? Life-Changing...
Once your implant has fused with your jawbone, we will provide an abutment and restoration to complete your transformation.
Patients receive all the benefits of natural teeth with their dental implants. You will be able to enjoy your favorite foods, speak clearly, and smile with confidence once again.
Caring for Implants in the Years to Come
Once you receive your abutment and final restoration, you can care for your implants just like you would your natural teeth. In addition to brushing and flossing every day, you should also visit our Albuquerque dental office every six months so that we can evaluate the integrity and success of your implants. To keep your natural teeth looking great, we may also recommend cosmetic dentistry treatments.
With proper oral health and regular visits to our Albuquerque office, you can increase the likelihood that your implants will last a lifetime.
Are There Any Risks with Implant Dentistry?
Although dental implants have shown impressively high long-term success rates, there are some risks associated with this surgery. The most notable risks include:
- Implant failure
- Improper placement
You can negate these risks by quitting smoking, maintaining good oral health, and choosing a dentist who is highly trained in implant dentistry.
Ensuring Safe, Successful Treatment
To reduce the risk of complications during and after implant surgery, our Albuquerque office uses the latest technology, techniques, and training available in the field of implant dentistry. Our Albuquerque practice is equipped with an on-site 3-D cone beam scanner and digital scanner to precisely pinpoint the ideal location for your implants.
Dr. Haight has also undergone extensive implant dentistry training and is a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He also uses 100 percent titanium implants, which integrate with the bone three times faster than traditional dental implants. This allows him to place your abutment and restoration faster than ever before.
A 5-Star Review from a Dentistry Patient
"I have been a patient here for almost 20 years and everything is always top notch. My teeth have always been healthy but Dr Haight did a great job managing a complication caused by another dentist on my wife. Highly recommend him and his staff."
This all sounds great, but how much do implants cost?
Base Costs at Our Albuquerque Office
When considering the price of dental implants, there are several aspects to keep in mind. A fully restored tooth with a dental implant is made up of three parts: the implant post, the connector screw or abutment, and the restoration. At Parkway Dental, we offer several types of implant-supported restorations, including crowns, bridges, and dentures. Our base pricing for dental implants begins at:
- $2,222 per dental implant
- $954 per abutment
- $1,552 per single implant-supported crown
These prices do not reflect the final cost if you are covered by dental insurance. Furthermore, your final treatment cost can vary substantially based on your unique needs. During your initial consultation, you can discuss all of these options with Dr. Haight so that he can give you a personalized estimate.
Factors that Affect the Cost of Dental Implants
In the end, the final cost of your dental implants is determined by the extent of the treatment you require. For example, replacing a single tooth is generally less expensive than restoring a full arch of missing teeth. There are a variety of factors to consider when estimating your treatment cost...
You may require a preparatory treatment to improve your candidacy for dental implants, such as a bone graft, sinus lift, or therapy for gum disease. Any preliminary procedures will add to the overall cost of your dental implants treatment.
Number of Implant Posts
How many dental implants you need depends on how many teeth you have lost or need extracted. If you have lost two or more consecutive teeth, you may need an implant-supported bridge which typically requires one post per tooth. However, for an implant-supported denture, Dr. Haight can place as few as four to five implants for some patients.
Cost of Restoration
The type of restoration you need will also affect the final cost of your treatment. Dr. Haight can restore your implants with a crown, bridge, or denture. Larger restorations are typically more expensive than a single crown. In addition, choosing a premium material can increase the final cost.
Use of Sedation
Many patients opt to have their procedure performed under sedation for improved comfort. The type of sedation you choose can affect the final cost of your treatment.
Our Office's Financing Options
While dental implants are typically not covered by dental insurance, we want to make this treatment available to all patients, no matter what their financial background.
We gladly accept payment through Compassionate Finance™, a third-party lender that allows patients to select a monthly payment amount that works for their budget. This company allows borrowers to finance for several years, making it a great option for many.
Implants are well worth the wait and cost..
3 Indisputable Benefits of Implants
Dental implants are a long-term investment in your oral health and your overall quality of life.
While more expensive than other tooth replacement options, implants allow you to eat and speak the same as you would with your natural teeth.
Better Oral Health
Implants can also prevent the need for additional restorative treatments, saving you money over a lifetime.
Why choose Parkway Dental for your implant treatment?