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Missing Teeth? Revitalize Your Smile!

Your Solution to Missing Teeth

If you are missing teeth, you have likely run into situations where you have felt embarrassment, shame, or frustration. Living with tooth loss affects you on many levels, including hindering your relationships, lowering self-esteem and reducing overall health and wellness. While there are several options available to cover up the gap in your smile, none are as attractive, permanent or beneficial as dental implants. Considered the gold standard option for replacing missing teeth, dental implants mimic natural teeth in both their appearance and function, giving you a smile that you can be proud to show off and a confidence to approach life head on!

Dental implants are composed of three interconnected parts: an attractive and lifelike dental crown that sits above the gum line, a connecting abutment piece and a biocompatible implant post that is placed into your jaw bone. Once fully healed and restored, a dental implant will blend in seamlessly with your surrounding teeth to the point that nobody will be able to tell you were ever missing a tooth to begin with. Better yet, with proper oral care, dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss and can last you a lifetime, unlike traditional bridges, flippers or dentures. We can use dental implants to replace any number of missing teeth, including giving you a complete new set of top and bottom teeth!

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Our Implant Process

Contrary to what many people believe, the dental implant process is neither painful nor challenging when you choose an experienced periodontist to precisely place the implants. We utilize the latest in advanced technology and dental techniques at our office to help ensure that your implants are placed for optimal success. After your implants are placed, your general dentist or a prosthodontist will help you in restoring them with lifelike and natural crowns. Our process for placing dental implants includes:

Dr. Lopez strives to build a lasting and personal relationship with every patient who comes into our office. We want to achieve your smile goals and will always listen to your concerns or worries. We will explain our process and work with you to make dental implants as affordable for your budget as possible.

Our office technology  allows us to provide you with improved accuracy, minimally invasive care and an easier healing process after implants have been placed. After a detailed x-ray with our low radiation cone beam CT scanner, we can create digital dental implant guides that allow Dr. Lopez to place your implants with extreme precision. This removes all the guesswork during surgery, making the actual placement of implants easy.

On the day of your surgery, you will be sedated with a local anesthetic and nitrous oxide to help relax you and block sensations of pain. Once you are comfortable, Dr. Lopez will place your implants using the surgical guide in a quick and effective manner. Before you know it, your surgery will be complete, and you’ll be sent home to rest. Dr. Lopez always follows up with our patients with personal phone calls every evening to check up on you and make sure you have no problems.

Restore Quality of Life

Choosing an expert to place your dental implants is important to ensure successful results, longevity of the outcome, a natural look and feel as well as overall comfort before, during and after surgery. Dr. Alfred Lopez is your Albuquerque, NM periodontal specialist that has been placing implants since 1988. Dr. Lopez has the experience, education, technology and compassion necessary to give you the ideal results from your dental implant procedures, no matter how big or small they may seem.

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We have around a 99% acceptance rate for patients who seek dental implants, which means that even if your mouth is in a seemingly hopeless condition, Dr. Lopez will be able to help you get your dream smile. Imagine smiling with confidence, eating the foods you love and speaking without worry of your teeth falling out. That kind of life is a possibility once you’ve made the decision to invest in your smile with dental implants.

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If you have failing teeth or bone loss that need to be addressed prior to implant placement, Dr. Lopez can help you get into proper oral health. We can extract any problem, failing or blocking teeth to allow for adequate replacement with dental implants. In some cases, we may be able to extract a tooth and place an implant in the same day! If you have lost bone due to disease, missing teeth, or other causes, Dr. Lopez can perform bone grafting care to rebuild your jaw to proper levels to support implants. These procedures are often performed prior to implant placement to ensure you experience success throughout your care.

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