in Albuquerque, NM
There are a variety of restorative options available when teeth go missing. Traditionally, dental bridges were used to restore a tooth to its original function, but thanks to modern technology, dental implants have taken the forefront. In his Albuquerque dental office, Dr. Lafferty place and restore dental implants for patients who wish to regain a natural-looking and healthy smile.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant consists of a titanium screw that is surgically placed into the jawbone. The implant fuses with the existing jawbone tissue and creates a fixed, durable new root for a tooth. The dental implant is then capped with an artificial crown that is created to match the size, shape, and color of the existing teeth. The result is a seamless smile that looks completely natural.
A variety of dental implant procedures are available, including:
Single-tooth replacement uses a single implant to replace one missing tooth, finishing with an artificial customized crown.
Multiple-teeth replacement can place multiple dental implants individually or use adjacent teeth as anchors for an artificial bridge. The implant creates a durable restoration that supports the dental bridge.
Full-arch replacement stabilizes a complete dental arch by placing four to six implants into the jawbone. The dental arch attaches to the implants, creating a full denture that will not slip out of place.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Dental Implant Placement
Generally, patients in good health are qualified to receive dental implants. Those whose jawbone has a low density, however, may need pre-operative treatment. To find out whether you are a candidate for dental implants, Dr. Lafferty will take X-rays and assess your medical history.
Dr. Lafferty uses three-dimensional X-rays to virtually complete the dental implant procedure. With state-of-the-art equipment, Dr. Lafferty can place your dental implants on a computer before the actual surgery takes place. This allows him to know exactly how to place your implants so that you can receive the best smile possible.