Answering Your Implant Questions

You Have Questions. We Have Answers.

Dental implants are considered the gold standard for tooth replacement by dental professionals and patients alike. Their natural appearance, strong function and stability in the mouth make them incomparable to dentures or traditional bridges. We understand that you likely have many questions regarding dental implants, the surgical procedure and overall cost. Dr. Alfred Lopez and our team are happy to schedule a personalized consultation with you at our Albuquerque, NM office to discuss your smile goals, answer any questions you may have, and examine your mouth to provide you with options for replacing your missing or failing teeth. To help you understand the entire dental implant process more completely, we have created a dental implant FAQ to answer your most pressing questions before you come in for your consultation.

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Frequently asked questions about dental implants

Dental Implant FAQ

Dental implants mimic the look, feel and function of your natural teeth more than any other replacement option. They restore around 99% of biting and chewing function, which allows you to eat the foods you love without worry. And when you properly take care of your dental implants, you can expect them to last you for a lifetime!

When you choose to have implants placed by our experience periodontist, Dr. Lopez, you can expect around a 95 percent success rate.

The overall cost of dental implants is unique to each patient and dependent on their needs and smile goals. Scheduling a consultation to speak to Dr. Lopez can help you determine an estimated cost for your procedure.

With dental implants, we can replace any number of teeth! Individual teeth can be replaced on a one-to-one basis, multiple teeth can utilize an implant supported bridge, and even an entire mouth of failing or missing teeth can be restored.

No, Dr. Lopez only places dental implants. As an experienced periodontal office, we provide precise and gentle implant surgery, and your general dentist will then restore your implants with lifelike crowns or a prosthetic bridge of teeth.

The best way to tell if you are a candidate for dental implants is to schedule a consultation with our team. But we can help most people who have missing or failing teeth. Even if you require bone grafting or gum disease treatment, we offer services that can ensure your candidacy for implants!

Many patients falsely believe that implant surgery is painful, but this is typically not the case. Dr. Lopez uses sedation dentistry to numb your mouth and help you feel relaxed. Patients frequently tell us they only feel a slight pressure at the site of surgery.

With proper care of your dental implants and surrounding teeth, you can expect your implants to last the rest of your life. We recommend patients receive regular checkup appointments with Dr. Lopez and their general dentist to ensure no problems develop.

You care for dental implants the same way as you would natural teeth. Simply brushing and flossing daily followed with routine checkup and hygiene appointments with the dentist will keep your implants lasting you for years to come.

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