Dental Implants Practice

Rio Rancho Family Dental Care

Family Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Rio Rancho, NM

Are you interested in restoring your smile marred by missing teeth, but you want something more secure and permanent than traditional options, like dentures? If so, Grant Allen, DDS, and the team at Rio Rancho Family Dental Care in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, offer dental implants. Dental implants are titanium posts that act as artificial tooth roots and offer an extremely sturdy base for restorative options, like crowns and bridges. To learn more, reach out to the practice via the online booking tool or over the phone today.

Dental Implants Q & A

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made from sturdy titanium posts. Their job is to act as an anchor to artificial teeth, such as crowns, bridges, or dentures. 

The team at Rio Rancho Family Dental Care surgically places dental implants in your jawbone, so that they fuse to your natural bone and become strong and secure. 

What are the advantages of choosing dental implants?

When you choose dental implants, you open yourself up to a world of advantages, including:

Comfort

Dental implants and the artificial teeth they anchor fit snugly and don’t slide around. This makes them more comfortable, and easier to eat and talk than with traditional dentures. 

Durability

Dental implants can last from several years to a lifetime if you brush, floss, and regularly visit your dental team for checkups.

Oral health

Dental implants promote oral health by preventing teeth shifting, bad bites, and jaw loss. They also don’t need to be cemented to crowns or teeth, allowing you to floss between them. 

Are dental implants right for me?

Dental implants may be right for you if you’ve lost teeth due to injury, disease, or decay, and you want to replace them.

To receive dental implants, your gums and bone must be healthy and strong enough to hold a dental implant in place. If your bone isn’t healthy, it won’t fuse with dental implants.

Dental implants may also struggle to thrive in your mouth if you’re a heavy smoker or if you suffer from:

  • Diabetes, heart disease, or other uncontrolled chronic conditions
  • Cancer in the neck or head area that’s being treated with radiation

To determine your eligibility for dental implants, schedule a consultation with Rio Rancho Family Dental Care.

How long do dental implants take to heal?

After your provider installs your dental implants, your jawbone and gums undergo a healing period during which the implants fuse with your bone. This process can take several months. 

During this time, you experience varying degrees of soreness, particularly right after the procedure. You can treat this discomfort with over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. 

After your mouth heals, the team installs your implant restoration, which may be a crown, bridge, or partial dentures. 

To learn more about dental implants, call Rio Rancho Family Dental Care, or schedule an appointment via the online booking tool.