At Northtowne Dental in Albuquerque, NM, we are concerned with the health as well as the beauty of your smile. This is why Dr. Michael Armijo and his team offer dental implants to their many satisfied patients.
While many people think of dental implants as a sure-fire way of overcoming the embarrassment of missing, broken, or permanently discolored teeth, they are also a way of ensuring optimal dental health and function. After all, a dental implant is something that replaces more than just a missing crown; it also replaces the root.
Throughout our lives, our teeth and gums undergo many changes – some good, and some not so good. We might experience trauma and break or lose adult teeth. We might live with bruxism (grinding) and wear down our teeth, making them susceptible to breakage and decay. We can fail to take good care of teeth and gums and lose adult teeth to periodontitis or other conditions. In all of these examples, the loss of an adult tooth can lead to further changes.
Teeth might shift when there are open spaces. Bite patterns are then changed, and the result can be more damage to the remaining teeth and even jaw and neck pain from such radical changes in the alignment of the teeth.
Unfortunately, the troubles don’t end there, and when you lose even a single adult tooth, the jawbone and gum tissue actually recognize this absence and begin to recede. This is why elderly people without many of their teeth seem to lose some of their jaw and why the skin on the gums is often very tight. This is not a healthy scenario, and dental implants are a wonderful solution to all of the problems listed above, and this is precisely why we offer them to patients at Northtowne Dental.
A dental implant is a two-piece unit that features a titanium screw implanted into the gum and jaw and a strong prosthetic tooth that is affixed to the top of the screw. The presence of the screw prevents the loss of bone and gum, ensuring that your teeth (and bite) remain in their original positions. Even if teeth have shifted, the return of a stabilizing tooth will help to prevent long-term problems such as shifting bite patterns, jaw issues, headaches and more.
Dr. Armijo and his team at Northtowne Dental have years of experience with implants, and they pride themselves on providing their patients with the latest innovations, but more importantly, with the most compassionate, competent and focused care. To do this, they maintain a full dental lab at their Albuquerque offices, and they ensure that patients enjoy the very best success with their dental implant procedures.
Don’t let any fears about this procedure prevent you from benefiting from our expertise. Most patients are surprised at how comfortable and fast their implant procedures are, and they greatly appreciate the compassion of Dr. Armijo and his team of dedicated staff. Comfort and efficient care are part of our philosophy, and when you book a visit for dental implants, you can be sure we will treat you with gentleness and professionalism.
Give us a call today at the Albuquerque office to discuss dental implants, or use the online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you quickly. You can reach us at 505-797-1000.