Dental Implants

Missing teeth can make eating and speaking more difficult. They can also cause a range of other oral health conditions.

In Albuquerque, NM, Dr. Gary M. Ross can place dental implants, a solution that provides the best support for crowns, bridges, and dentures.

So what makes dental implants such a great choice?

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Dental Implants  Can Provide Lifelong Benefits

Designed to Last a Lifetime

When placed by a skilled dentist and properly cared for, dental implants can last 40 years or more. While you may need a new restoration eventually, your implant will likely never need replacement.

Replace Teeth from Root to Tip

Dental implants replace the roots of your teeth. This provides the jaw with the stimulation necessary to stop the bone recession that follows tooth loss.

Unrivaled Strength and Stability

Unlike traditional dentures, those supported by implants stay in place at all times, allowing you to speak with absolute confidence and enjoy any foods you choose.

Take a look at an implant-supported restoration...

Illustration of jaw and dental implant Illustration of jaw and dental implant

Tooth loss can happen for several reasons...

Dental Implants Are a Versatile Treatment Option

Dental implants have a wide variety of applications and can be used to replace any number of missing teeth

The Only Tooth Replacement Option to Stop Bone Loss

Dental implants function just like natural tooth roots. After surgery, they will fuse with your surrounding bone tissue in a process known as osseointegration. Osseointegration creates a stable, sturdy foundation for your restorations.

Each time you chew, the implants carry regenerative signals to your jaw bone. This stops bone atrophy—a negative consequence of tooth loss. Without dental implants, your jaw bone begins to recede, making your lips look puckered and aging your facial features. But with implants, you can maintain a healthy bone density and youthful facial structure for many years to come. 

But how do I know if I qualify for dental implants?

We Can Evaluate Your Candidacy during a Consultation

Bone Tissue

Since implants rely on surrounding bone for support, you need to have a sufficient amount of tissue in your jaw to qualify for implants. For some patients, a dental bone graft can replace lost tissue and restore implant candidacy.

Lifestyle Factors

Certain lifestyle factors, such as tobacco use, can interfere with your candidacy for implants. Smoking, for example, increases the risk of implant failure, so you must be willing to quit before placement and during the healing period. For the best long-term results, you should quit for good.

Periodontal Disease

Healthy gums are crucial to the success of your dental implants. If you suffer from gum disease, Dr. Ross will recommend treatment to address this issue before implant placement.

Other Health Concerns

Poorly controlled diabetes and other medical issues can interfere with healing and increase certain risks of surgery. Be sure to discuss your medical history with Dr. Ross during your initial consultation.

Aren't dental implants expensive?

Dental Implants  May Save You Money over Time

While traditional tooth replacement options are less expensive than dental implants, they cannot offer the same benefits. An implant-supported restoration can prevent jawbone recession and other side effects associated with tooth loss, helping you avoid the need for extensive and costly treatments in the future.

implant-supported crown

So how does treatment with implants work?

We go above and beyond to ensure the best surgical outcomes...

Fully-Guided Surgery: Faster, More Precise Placement

Dr. Ross performs fully-guided dental implant surgery using the X-Guide® Dynamic 3D Navigation System. This camera system allows him to plan and perform dental implant surgery with greater precision and accuracy than freehand procedures.

In addition, the X-Guide system allows Dr. Ross to place implants more quickly and with less invasive techniques, promoting a faster, more comfortable recovery for many patients. 

X-Guide software

Wondering what to expect from start to finish? 

Treatment with Dental Implants Takes Several Months

What happens after surgery? 

A Healthy Recovery Is Vital to the Success of Your Implants

Because we perform fully-guided surgery, our patients can typically expect a shorter, more comfortable recovery than patients who are treated with traditional methods. 

Following your procedure, we will provide post-op instructions, which may include: 

  • Taking prescription antibiotics 
  • Rinsing with antiseptic mouthwash 
  • Brushing carefully around the implant site
  • Keeping your mouth clean by rinsing after each meal 
  • Following a soft foods diet 

In the days following your surgery, watch out for side effects such as: 

  • Swelling: To ease swelling or discomfort, apply an ice pack to your cheeks and keep your head elevated
  • Pain: Some amount of pain is normal, but if your pain worsens over time, contact our office
  • Bleeding: Avoid very hot foods and drinks for the first few hours after surgery, as they can trigger bleeding

Most patients are ready to go back to work two or three days after the surgery, although strenuous activities or exercise should be avoided until your doctor provides approval. 

The results are incredibly lifelike...

Before and after implants treatment

Your Results Should Look & Feel Just Like Natural Teeth

Once your dental implants have fused with the surrounding bone tissue, you will be ready to receive your final restoration. Whether you need an implant-supported dental crown, bridge, or denture, this restoration will be designed to complement your unique facial features and function just like natural teeth

Although your restorations will eventually need to be replaced with new ones, your dental implants are built to last for decades or even a lifetime. 

Don't believe us?

Studies Show Dental Implants Have High Long-Term Success Rates

Are dental implants really worth the price?

"I am dedicated to providing you and your family with high-quality care. We are committed to excellence and improvement of your dental health through continuing education and state of the art equipment. Our team at High Desert Dental and I are proud to serve the community." Dr. Ross

So how much do dental implants cost?

The Price of Replacing Teeth Varies Depending on Your Needs

Dr. Ross will tailor your treatment with implants to meet your unique needs. During your initial consultation, he can discuss the different options with you along with their associated costs and provide a personalized cost estimate. It is important to keep in mind that while dental implants require a larger initial investment, they offer long-lasting benefits that can save you money in the future.

Which factors will affect the cost of your treatment with implants?

Your Current Oral Health Plays a Large Role in Determining Cost

Preparatory Procedures

If you have bone loss or gum disease, you may need a preparatory treatment, such as a bone graft, to create a solid foundation for your implants. These procedures carry their own cost, but can significantly improve your outcome.

Number of Implants

In general, each implant is priced separately. The more implants you need, the higher your final treatment cost will likely be. An implant-supported denture requires more posts for support than a crown, and therefore costs more.

Restoration

The type of restoration you choose also influences your final bill. A larger restoration, such as a denture, will typically cost more. In addition, the materials used to craft your restoration can impact the cost of treatment.

Sedation

Though many patients find that local anesthetic is sufficient to control pai, opting for dental sedation during implant placement can make your procedure significantly less stressful. However, it can also increase the cost.

How can I budget for dental implants?

Financing Is Available 

Financing options can help make your new smile a reality.

Many patients are discouraged by the price of dental implants, which is not covered by insurance. However, in some cases, you may qualify for financing that can break your costs down into monthly payments. There are several low-interest and interest-free options available, such as: 

  • Credit cards
  • Third-party financing 
  • Personal loans

Are dental implants really worth the price?

There are alternatives, but they do not provide the same long-term oral health benefits...

Do you still have some unanswered questions?

Dental Implants FAQs

Are Dental Implants Safe?

Dental implants are a trusted restorative solution. While there is a risk of complications, as with any surgical procedure, Dr. Ross uses advanced technology to maximize the precision and safety of his procedures.

Is the Procedure Painful?

Before surgery, a local anesthetic is applied to numb the treatment area. This should help manage physical discomfort. Sedation dentistry may also be provided to help you relax throughout the procedure.

Is There an Age Limit?

Dental implants require a fully developed jaw, so they are not typically recommended for patients under 18. There is no maximum age limit. However, you must meet candidacy requirements regarding your oral and overall health. 

Dr. Gary M. Ross

Dr. Ross is dedicated to providing high-quality dental care for your entire family. He is proud to be affiliated with several prestigious organizations, including:

  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Misch International Implant Institute
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists

For more information about our services, contact High Desert Dental online or call (505) 888-2606 today.

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