Dental Implants in ABQ
Dental implants are the best solution for missing teeth because they are the only option that replaces the root. This creates a stable foundation for replacement teeth and prevents bone loss in the jaw.
When it comes to implants, experience matters. Dr. Dennis is a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, has certification as a Master Clinician in Implant Dentistry, and attended a dental implant training program at the Global Institute for Dental Education and Loma Linda University. Our office uses the latest technology and surgical techniques to ensure successful outcomes for our patients.
Single Tooth Dental Implants
The most common type of dental implant, a single tooth implant has three components: the implant itself (a small post or screw that is placed in the jawbone), the abutment, and a crown which is anchored by the abutment. This type of implant looks and functions very much like a natural tooth.
Implant Supported Bridges
When three or more adjacent teeth are missing, they can be replaced with an implant-supported bridge. Dental implants replace the two outermost missing teeth, with a porcelain bridge held between them. Implant-supported bridges are functional, aesthetic, and do not damage healthy teeth like traditional bridges.
Implant Supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures are a more natural alternative to traditional dentures for patients with sufficient jawbone density. For a partial denture, at least two dental implants are needed for support, while a full arch usually requires a minimum of four dental implants. These dentures can be fixed or removable (also known as “snap-on” dentures).
Unlike traditional dentures, implant-supported dentures are not held in place by an adhesive but are instead anchored by dental implants, which means they shift less and cause less discomfort.
Full Arch with Only Four Implants
For patients who are missing all teeth on an upper or lower arch, this procedure uses four implants as anchors to support a full arch of replacement teeth.
Guided Implant Placement
Using 3D imaging guided implant placement is possible. Guided implant placement allows us to create customized surgical guides that direct the exact depth, location, and angle for each dental implant being placed. This technology results in better patient outcomes because of improved accuracy, safety, and predictability.