Dental Implants

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In today’s dentistry, dental implants have become the premier choice for replacing missing teeth.  From replacement of a single missing tooth to extensive reconstruction and replacement, dental implants offer the healthiest and most permanent solution. Dental implants are the only way to replace the tooth root, offering unmatched support for a healthy jawbone and a secure anchor for new teeth that allow you to eat, smile, and enjoy life like you used to.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants replace a missing tooth or teeth, are made of titanium and acrylic, and are fused to the jaw bone, replicating the tooth root.  This allows the preservation of facial structure by preventing the deterioration of the surrounding bone and tissue that occurs when left untreated.

Dental implants are tooth root replacements that can secure dental restorations and appliances like porcelain crowns, porcelain bridges, and serve as anchors to stabilize dentures.

Dr. Thompson offers cutting edge techniques and the latest materials when preparing and placing dental implants.  He has over 1500 hours of continuing education and advanced training, to ensure that you will achieve the best possible results, without having to go see a specialist.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Where traditional restorations sit on top of the gums and only replace the crown or the visible portion of the tooth, dental implants replace the tooth root, which is an essential component of a healthy, functioning smile. We use advanced CT scan computer assisted planning software for precision surgical placement to ensure the best positioning for the best results.

  • Replace the tooth root
  • Prevent jawbone deterioration
  • Stimulate new bone & tissue growth
  • Preserve oral & facial structure
  • Prevent premature aging
  • Prevent surrounding teeth from moving
  • Anchor life-like restorations
  • Secure & long-lasting solution
  • Highly functional
  • Clean & maintain like natural teeth

Permanent Solutions for Missing Teeth

If you’re suffering from broken, damaged, decayed or missing teeth, and are trapped in a vicious cycle of root canals, crowns, and bridgework, or dentures that don’t stay put, Dr. Peter Thompson would love to help you find a secure, permanent solution with All-On-4.

All-On-4 is a revolutionary, lasting solution that combines dental implants with life-like restorations for a single tooth, multiple teeth, or a full mouth reconstruction. Stop treating the same teeth over and over, schedule a consultation today to find out how the All-On-4 system can help you restore your smile, your confidence, and your quality of life!

Single Tooth Replacement

Traditionally, replacing a single tooth would require a bridge, which usually would require the removal of healthy tooth structure on either side to fix the bridge in place. As dental techniques and technology advance, we are always looking for more conservative approaches to help keep your natural teeth healthy and intact for as long as possible. A fixed single tooth dental implant not only maintains the integrity of surrounding teeth but offers all of the wonderful benefits of a dental implant at the same time.

Multiple Teeth Replacement

Just as a single-tooth dental implant mimics a natural tooth in nearly every way, implant-supported dentures are secure, permanent fixtures in the mouth. Unlike traditional prosthetic dentures, implant-supported dentures are not removed, eliminating problems with fit, speech, and eating. Rather than sitting directly on the gums, implant-supported dentures lock into the implant structure and work like natural teeth, returning up to 95% natural biting and chewing ability. Knowing your dentures can’t slip gives you more confidence to talk, laugh, sing, eat, drink and smooch again!

In addition to traditional implant-supported dentures, we also offer All-On-4. An All-On-4 is conservative in nature and economical as the number of teeth to be replaced increases, the cost per tooth decreases. This is because dental implants are much stronger than natural teeth, so a single dental implant is able to support several replacement teeth. We use the minimum number of implants to support the maximum number of teeth. All-On-4 restorations are designed with beautiful ceramics to be strong and perfectly replicate the natural beauty of tooth enamel.

Full Mouth Restoration

An All-On-4 full mouth dental implant restoration is a wonderful option for patients missing most or all of their natural teeth or living with ill-fitting dentures that rock and slip. A full mouth restoration is an implant-supported full bridge system consisting of dental implants and a full arch of beautifully secured teeth – upper, lower, or both.

This gives patients all of the wonderful benefits of dental implants, and a fully functioning, beautiful new set of permanent teeth. Dr. Thompson will sit down with you in a comprehensive consultation to discuss which of the three options is best for your needs.

Treatment Times & Variables

Treatment times for a dental implant restoration can vary, depending on whether or not an extraction is required first, and the number and location of the tooth or teeth to be replaced. The time between surgical implant placement and the final restoration placement is typically shorter for the lower jaw than the upper jaw because of the bone density (lower jaw is denser, stimulating faster osseointegration).

Lower implant restorations can be completed in less than 10 weeks from placement, compared to at least 16 weeks for upper back teeth. In many cases, to replace an upper back tooth, a sinus lift bone graft is required to supplement the bone for optimal implant placement. In some cases, the implant can be placed at the same time as the bone graft, but in others, a waiting period of four months is required for the final implant placement.

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If you have any questions about dental implants or would like to schedule a visit with your Portales implant dentist, Dr. Peter Thompson, give us a call today or request an appointment online!

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Portales, NM 88130

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