At Pinon Hills Dental in Farmington, NM, Dr. Travis Watson places dental implants for patients who are missing teeth. You don't have to live with that gap in your teeth, an implant can save your smile!
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are made from a screw-like titanium post that gets implanted into the jaw bone, and a ceramic crown that sits on top as a replacement tooth. Together they are a strong replacement for a tooth. Implants can also replace multiple teeth with a bridge. Two posts are implanted and a custom crown that looks like multiple teeth covers them both.
Dental implants are the best option for replacing missing teeth because they are as strong as and blend in with your natural teeth. Missing teeth leave gaps in your smile and can cause other dental problems if the space is left empty in the mouth. Other teeth in the area will shift, and over time, the jaw bone strength can be compromised. If you are missing teeth, come see us in Farmington, NM, to see if you are a candidate for a dental implant.
How is the Dental Implant Procedure Performed?
The procedure for getting a dental implant begins with minor surgery to place the implant post. First, you are numbed, and then the titanium post is implanted into the jaw bone. After the initial surgery, there is a healing period of several weeks. Your jaw bone heals around the implant in a process called osseointegration. The implant and jaw bone fuse together, giving the implant its strength. During this time, you wear a temporary tooth cap while your permanent, custom crown is being fabricated.
At a final appointment, your custom crown is placed and you leave with a new tooth! To care for your new dental implant, you just need to keep taking great care of your teeth. Your dentist will recommend brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Floss in the area of the implant and remove all debris from around the crown.
If you are missing teeth, Pinon Hills Dental is here for you. Dr. Watson places implants to restore function to the mouth and restore your beautiful smile! Contact us for an appointment in Farmington, NM, at (505) 325-2859.