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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?
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.
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.
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?
Patients who come to our Albuquerque office with a single missing tooth can fill in the gap with an implant-supported crown.
If you are missing several adjacent teeth, you can choose an implant-supported bridge to close large gaps in your smile.
Implants can also anchor dentures directly to your jawbone. This denture option offers maximum support and stability.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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...
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.
Patients interested in implant dentistry must first meet with Dr. Haight for an initial consultation. During this visit, he will:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Generally, postoperative side effects fade within the first few days.
Proper healing is an essential part of a successful dental implant treatment.
Most patients are able to return to their normal activities within 24 to 72 hours.
While this initial discomfort will fade quickly, patients must be prepared for several more months of healing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Although dental implants have shown impressively high long-term success rates, there are some risks associated with this surgery. The most notable risks include:
You can negate these risks by quitting smoking, maintaining good oral health, and choosing a dentist who is highly trained in implant dentistry.
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.
"I have been a patient here for almost 20 years and everything is always top notch. My teeth have always been healthybut 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?
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
Implants can also prevent the need for additional restorative treatments, saving you money over a lifetime.
Why choose Parkway Dental for your implant treatment?