Your Guide to Dental Implants in Las Cruces
If you’re looking for a permanent solution to tooth loss and don’t want to both with a removable prosthetic like dentures, dental implants might be the perfect option for you. These metal posts are surgically implanted into your mouth and topped with a permanent crown. This gives your mouth a natural, attractive appearance.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants take away the frustrations of dentures because they don’t slip or fall out and are implanted through a series of several visits over a period of up to six months. While it might sound like the time isn’t worth it, the reason why implants take so long is because of the healing required to allow your bone to heal.
The process for receiving dental implants are as follows:
- You’ll come into the office for a complete, thorough exam.
- You’ll get x-rays taken and have impressions of your mouth taken as well.
- On the consultation day, the doctor will also use the Cone Beam i-CAT. This specialized machine takes a 3D image of your mouth so the doctor can see what is happening below the surface and determine the condition of the existing bone and its depth along with locations of nerves and sinuses. This technology allows for the exact positioning of the implant within the confines of the jaw.
- Once you’re cleared for surgery you’ll come in and have the metal rods inserted and any bone grafted if necessary.
- After your mouth has an opportunity to heal (4-6 months), you’ll come back into the office to have permanent crowns affixed to the top of the rod. These crowns are incredibly durable and function just like your natural teeth.
What are dental implants like?
Dental implants function exactly like your natural teeth. You never have to worry about taking special care of them or finding some special solution to soak them in. If you’ve spent several years without teeth you’ll come out of the implant procedure feeling like a new, more confident person.
How do I care for implants?
Caring for dental implants is simple. You brush twice a day, floss daily, and go for cleanings every six months. Should you decide to get implants, it is important to follow a healthy diet that is limited in sugar so that surrounding teeth, bone, and gums don’t decay.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
The ideal candidate for dental implants will be healthy and have any pre-existing issues like periodontal disease, addressed before surgery. The only way to find out if you’re a candidate is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Borham.
Immediate Dental Implants (Same day Implants):
Immediate implants are options for those who want to replace a broken or a missing tooth and walk out of the office with no gaps or missing teeth until the implant integrates in your bone and the final restoration is fabricated. This is particularly critical for teeth in the front or esthetic zone. During that process, the tooth will be extracted, then an implants will be placed immediately in the extraction socket and a graft is placed around it to fill in the gaps. A temporary crown, that will look and feel like a tooth, will be fabricated and screwed or cemented into the implant to give you a natural and confident look.
- Less treatment time (3-4 months).
- Only one surgery involved.
- Movement of the implant might cause it to fail. Specific instructions are given to the patients to avoid using the tooth for chewing until they get the final restoration.
Does Insurance cover Dental Implants?
Some Dental Insurances provide partial coverage for some parts of the implants, and some don’t. We are providers for multiple dental insurances. For more information call our office.
Implant-Retained Hybrid Dentures
Do your Dentures Slip and Slide? Does your Face have a Shrunken Appearance?
Whenever a person loses teeth many things can happen (all of them bad). To compensate for the missing tooth or teeth, the other teeth will move and adjust their position in the mouth. This can cause big problems with your bite and your ability to chew food properly. It can also cause changes in your diction and speech. It can also cause the remaining teeth to turn, twist and otherwise look and feel terrible. Missing teeth also cause your face to collapse, not only because the teeth aren’t there anymore, but the bone that supported the teeth deteriorates over time. This can add years to your appearance. Denture wearers are particularly susceptible to these problems, mostly due to the inevitable loss of bone. This makes their dentures uncomfortable. They slip and slide and have to be “relined” or adjusted over and over again.
What’s the solution?
One excellent solution we offer in our practice is “hybrid dentures.”It’s called a hybrid because it combines dental implants with a removable denture. Your denture “snaps” into place and is firmly anchored so it won’t move. It’s easily removed for cleaning or sleeping. A hybrid restoration replaces any missing teeth. If you have missing gum and bone, it replaces those as well.
How do you know that the implant is placed in the most appropriate location in the bone?
Errors in placing the implants outside the confines of the bone structure can lead to tremendous complications, infections and eventful loss of the implant.
Based on a 3D image that we do in our office, a custom guide is fabricated to ensure that the implant placement is almost foolproof, very accurate, fast, and predictable.
Contact our team at Mesilla Valley Family Dentistry in Las Cruces to learn more about how these permanent prosthetics could help you recover from tooth loss and live a happier, healthier life.