Fletcher-Stark Dentistry
Prosthodontic Dentistry in Northwest Albuquerque

Dental Implants

Should You Consider Dental Implant Solutions?

If you are looking for a permanent tooth replacement, dental implants are a definite contender. Built for strength and durability, implant posts are surgically placed into your jaw to act as the anchor for artificial teeth. Whether you are missing one tooth or a full arch, restoring your bite is an important life decision.

Are you missing teeth or in need of extraction? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Fletcher-Stark to find out if you qualify for dental implants.

5 Reasons to Consider Dental Implants

  1. Lifetime solution with a 95-98% success rate
  2. Permanent anchor for crowns, bridges, and dentures
  3. Natural, cosmetic-looking results
  4. Convenient, comfortable, and easily maintained
  5. Oral health and digestion advantages

It is important to consider implant-supported options when making an informed decision about your long-term oral health. We examine the overall condition of your remaining teeth, gum tissue, and jaw bone when suggesting tooth replacement solutions. From single implant restorations to full aesthetic reconstruction, our team will always take a conservative approach and suggest only necessary procedures.

How Much Do Implants Cost?

The cost of dental implants varies from patient to patient because every treatment plan is unique and based on your oral health needs. The cost of your dental implant treatment comes down to your investment in your long-term oral health care.

It’s important to talk to us about out-of-pocket expenses and the many benefits accompanying dental implants. You may discover that the long-term investment pays for itself in the end.

Traditional bridges and dentures may have smaller initial price tags by comparison, but they also deliver fewer life-long benefits. These restorations are not permanent, have shorter life-spans, accrue replacement and repair costs, and will not support jaw bone integrity.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

Many patients have expressed their delight from feeling like they have their natural teeth back after implant-supported restorations are placed.

Did you know that dental implants don’t require you to limit your diet in any way? That may be the most well-known benefit, but did you know that implants will also:

  • Renew the support system holding neighboring teeth in place?
  • Preserve jawbone strength and reduce the risk of losing more teeth?
  • Restore normal speech and chewing?
  • Protect facial structure?
  • Prevent worry or embarrassment when smiling?

We enjoy hearing success stories from our patients who have gone from traditional to implant-supported dentures. They share stories with us about the freedom of eating out and enjoying social events and how implants have boosted their self-esteem and way of life. The team at Fletcher-Stark Dentistry looks forward to hearing your story!

Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?

Implant placement is a strategic procedure carried out by trained professionals. Part of an implant treatment plan involves keeping you comfortable and relaxed. If you have dental anxieties or a low threshold for pain, talk to us about your concerns beforehand so we can help.

What Is the Process?

An evaluation will help Dr. Fletcher-Stark determine if you qualify for dental implants. The exam will identify those patients who may require gum disease treatment, extraction, bone graft, or a sinus lift before implants are placed.

Once a healthy foundation is achieved, you are scheduled to have the implants surgically placed into the jaw bone.

Through a process called ‘osseointegration,’ the titanium rod integrates with the bone during healing. This creates a stable, anchor-like base for the restoration. Once the area heals, we will place your final restoration. From start to finish, the process can take up to four or more office appointments, depending on the complexity of your treatment plan.

What Is an Implant Restoration?

Implants are versatile enough to anchor crowns, bridges, partials, and full denture restorations. Whether you are new to tooth replacement or want to replace a traditional bridge or denture with implant-supported options, Dr. Fletcher-Stark can help you.

Crowns supported by implants replace individual teeth and are a popular cosmetic option if you are missing a front tooth. Porcelain crowns look and feel natural and will seamlessly blend in with your smile.

Implant-supported bridges are a standalone option to replace a few missing teeth permanently. The implant eliminates the need to crown neighboring teeth, saving you from more complex restorations and elevated replacement costs in the future.

Implant-supported dentures anchor partial and full dentures. They are a popular option for lower dentures that are more difficult to keep in place with adhesives. An implant denture gives you the freedom to enjoy life without the fear of movement or discomfort.

How Do I Care for Dental Implants?

Different types of care are needed between getting your implants and getting your restoration. We provide complete aftercare instructions and welcome your phone call if you have additional questions. We encourage you to schedule an appointment with us if you are experiencing increasing or ongoing discomfort.

7 Aftercare Steps to Follow After Dental Implant Surgery

  1. Don’t disturb the surgical area
  2. Eat soft food only and keep from chewing on the surgical area
  3. Do not use straws for several days after placement
  4. Gently wipe or brush the area clean at night
  5. Rinse with salt water 2-3 times daily
  6. Apply ice packs as needed
  7. Call us if bleeding or discomfort persists

Caring for Implant-Supported Restorations

  • Brush twice a day with low-abrasive cleaners
  • Use dental tape or water flosser twice a day
  • Schedule regular dental appointments

Can Dental Implants Fail?

With such a high success rate, the chance of your implant failing is minimal, but yes, it can happen. Dr. Fletcher-Stark welcomes patients who received implants elsewhere and need help with replacement. She will examine the implant area and may suggest an additional procedure like bone grafting to create a healthy foundation for the new implant. Once the area has healed, and the implant is secure, the restoration is reattached.

5 Questions to Help You Identify the Signs and Symptoms of a Failing Implant

  1. Do you feel discomfort when chewing?
  2. Are your gums inflamed around the implant site?
  3. Does it look like gum tissue is pulling away from the restoration?
  4. Can you feel your restoration loosening?
  5. Do you have pain stemming from the area?

If you are experiencing any of the above, please schedule an appointment right away.

Replacing Implant Restorations

Because restorations screw onto an abutment that is attached to the implant itself, replacing one is a simple process. We will use an impression to have a replacement tooth created by the lab. Once designed, the damaged restoration is removed, and the new one is secured in place.

Thinking About Permanent Tooth Replacements?

If you have missing teeth or are struggling with your current denture for any reason, a conversation about dental implants is your next step. Permanent replacements are designed to make day-to-day wear convenient and comfortable.

Contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Fletcher-Stark and explore your dental implant options. 

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We encourage you to contact us with any questions or comments you may have. Please call our office or use the quick contact form below.

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  • 8521 Golf Course NW
  • ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico
  • 87114
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