Dental Implants – Las Cruces, NM
Revitalize Your Smile After Tooth Loss
Traditional tooth replacement options restore only the visible portions of teeth, leaving the jawbone and gum tissue without support or stimulation, which may cause gradual loss of tissue density. Additionally, most other forms of tooth replacement are anchored to remaining healthy teeth or supported by the jawbone and gum tissue, which puts excessive pressure on these structures and potentially leads to further tooth loss. The best long-term tooth replacement options are dental implant-supported prosthetics as these solutions restore the entire tooth—roots and all. Dental implant posts are inserted below the gum line where they mimic the underlying root structures supporting any number of replacement teeth. We work closely with a trusted specialist to plan and place the appropriate number of implant posts, and once you have fully healed following dental implant placement, you return to Painted Skies Dental Center in Las Cruces to have a custom restoration attached to your implants. Contact our knowledgeable team to find out more or schedule a dental implant consultation today.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Compared to other tooth replacement choices, dental implants address the entire missing tooth, including the root. As a result, dental implants have strong advantages over bridges and dentures, such as:
- Long lifespan. While bridges and dentures need to be replaced about every 7 to 10 years, implants can last over 30 years!
- Better oral health. Implants stimulate the jaw bone, helping it remain strong and healthy.
- No impact on your natural teeth. Unlike bridges and partial dentures, dental implants rely on the surrounding teeth for support, which can weaken these teeth.
- Added security. Because implants are embedded into the jaw bone, you can bite, chew, speak, and smile without worrying about your replacement teeth coming loose.
Indications for Dental Implants
Whether you’ve lost one tooth or an entire arch of teeth, there’s a dental implant solution that can meet your needs. By combining dental implants with dental restorations, you can regain your smile’s health, function, strength, and beauty.
Missing Single Tooth
For single missing teeth, we attach a dental crown to an individual implant, which will be surgically placed into your jaw bone by a specialist. Once the jaw bone has grown around it, you’ll return to our office so that we can attach the dental crown on top.
Missing Multiple Teeth
When patients are missing two teeth in a row, we typically create two dental crowns fused together that are attached to a single dental implant. Those patients missing three to four consecutive teeth will likely need a fixed bridge which consists of three or four prosthetic teeth crafted as a single unit and supported on either end by a dental implant post.
Missing All Teeth
Full dentures traditionally are held in place through suction between the denture and the gums, but implant-supported dentures offer superior support and stability by anchoring the denture to four or more dental implant posts.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Although dental implants typically have a higher upfront cost compared to bridges or dentures alone, implants are typically considered the wisest financial decision for tooth replacement because they last much longer and offer a higher quality of life. The cost for your dental implants will depend on how many you need, the type and location of your implants, and the restoration that will be attached to them. At your consultation, our team can help you determine an accurate price for your specific treatment to get your smile back up to par.
Dental Implant FAQs
Even with all this information within your reach, you likely still have questions about this revolutionary solution for tooth loss. At Painted Skies Dental Center, we want you to feel confident about your treatment decisions and have all your needs met. Click below to view some of the most common questions we’ve been asked about dental implants and our helpful responses. We hope these will help you prepare for your consultation with us and help you determine whether dental implants are the right choice for you and your smile!