What Is Dental Implant Restoration?

Graphic illustration showing the two steps of dental implant restoration

Losing one or more permanent teeth can feel devastating. But the good news is you have many options if you are considering replacing them. Dental implants are one of the most popular restorative options, and we offer them here at Santa Teresa Smiles! Read on to learn what you need to know about dental implant restoration.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a tooth replacement option that consists of two parts. The first part is the surgical insertion of a titanium rod that fuses to the jaw bone and acts as a replacement tooth root. The second part will be a crown, bridge, or dentures to replace the actual tooth or teeth depending on your unique needs. Because of their sturdiness and versatility, many patients prefer dental implants over other restorative options.

Dental Implant Procedure

Before you receive dental implants, you will first visit Dr. Oushy for a consultation to make sure that dental implants are the right option for you. The ideal candidate for dental implants has healthy gums, along with adequate jaw strength to fuse to the titanium rods and give them proper anchorage. While the process may take a few months, dental implants are a long-lasting solution and can last up to a lifetime if cared for properly.

Once you’ve gotten the green light to receive dental implants, you will receive your implants over the course of a few appointments. During your first appointment, we will make an incision in your gum and insert the titanium rod. After a few weeks, the rod will fuse to your jaw bone and you’ll be ready for the rest of your implant.

During your second visit, Dr. Oushy will make an incision in the gum again and expose the titanium rod. We will then add the crown, bridges, or dentures over the titanium rods depending on the type of tooth replacement option you are receiving.

How to Care for Dental Implants

Dental implants are very similar to natural teeth, so you can brush them, floss around them, and care for them the same way you would your natural teeth! It is important to maintain a consistent oral healthcare routine with dental implants, since they can get stained and be susceptible to harboring plaque and bacteria just as natural teeth can.

Affordable Dental Implants in Santa Teresa, NM

If you are thinking about getting dental implants, we’d love to help! Contact our office at 575-332-4047 or book an appointment with us online. If you are new to Santa Teresa Smiles, check out our new patient page and familiarize yourself with our flexible financing options!