Dental Implants – Albuquerque, NM

A Lifelong Solution
for Tooth Loss

These days, there are plenty of options when it comes to replacing missing teeth, but dentists and patients all around the world agree that dental implants are by far the best. Why? In short, they look more natural, last longer, and function much better than other prosthetics, and now, you can get dental implants right here in Albuquerque, NM at Nob Hill Oral & Facial Surgery of Albuquerque. From your initial consultation to when you leave our oral surgery office with your renewed smile, our team will make the process smooth and easy each step of the way. To get started, contact us today. 

Why Choose Nob Hill Oral and Facial Surgery of Albuquerque for Dental Implants?

  • Two Experienced
    Oral Surgeons
  • Trusted For
    30+ Years
  • Exceptional Care & Even Better Service

What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root made of titanium. It is inserted into the jaw, where it undergoes a natural process called osseointegration, in which the implant bonds directly to the bone. Then, a new tooth can be placed on top of this firm foundation. Implants can be used to support a wide variety of dental prosthetics, including single crowns, bridges, and even complete dentures.

Oral surgeon pointing to model of dental implant supported dental crown

Benefits of Dental Implants

Whenever a patient comes to see us hoping to replace their missing teeth, we always recommend dental implants, because they offer numerous advantages compared to other methods:

  • They look and feel just like natural teeth
  • They never shift out of place while speaking or eating
  • They have an impressive 30+ year lifespan (regular bridges and dentures last about 7-10 years)
  • They help preserve the jaw and prevent bone loss
  • They are easy to maintain—just brush and floss like normal!
Man and woman with healthy smiles after dental implant supported tooth replacement

The 4-Step Dental Implant Process

  • Initial Dental Implant Consultation: You’ll meet with one of our oral surgeons, and they’ll discuss your goals, give you an exam, and recommend whether or not dental implants would be a good fit for you.
  • Dental Implant Surgery: Once you’re approved, your implant(s) will be surgically positioned within your jawbone where your teeth used to be.
  • Dental Implant Osseointegration/Abutment: Over the course of the next 4-6 months, the implant will bond with your jaw. Eventually, a small abutment will be attached to the implant(s).
  • Delivery of Dental Implant Restoration(s): Finally, your brand-new, custom-made teeth will be connected to the implants using the abutments.
Animated smile with dental implant supported dental crown

Surgical Dental Implant Placement

Placing dental implants involves a minor surgery, in which a small incision is made in the gum line, a hole is created in the jawbone, and this is used to hold the implant. You’ll be given local anesthesia for this procedure, and most patients describe feeling a little pressure, but nothing that resembles pain. Afterward, your mouth should feel fairly normal after a week, and you’ll only need to take a day or two to relax before resuming your normal activities. 

X-ray of smile after dental implant tooth replacement

Who Can Dental Implants Help?

Fortunately, basically anyone with missing teeth can be a good candidate for dental implants. All that’s needed from the patient is a strong, healthy jawbone and decent oral and overall health. When you sit down with your oral surgeon, they’ll discuss the following options to see which type of implant procedure would be right for you:

Man considering dental implant tooth replacement

Missing Single Tooth

Animated smile after dental implant supported dental crown placement

Rather than shaving down a few teeth to make room for a traditional bridge, a single implant can be placed into the mouth and topped with a custom crown. This approach not only preserves the remaining dental structure, but it also looks more natural as well.

Missing Multiple Teeth

Animated smile during dental implant supported fixed bridge placement

Just two implants can be used to anchor a dental bridge, replacing up to four teeth in a row. A few implants can be placed along an arch as well to serve as the foundation for a partial denture.

Missing All of Your Teeth

Animated smile during dental implant supported denture placement

It only takes six to eight implants to fully restore an entire row of teeth. A full denture can snap onto them, giving patients a look and bite strength that perfectly resembles real teeth. Plus, implant dentures are proven to maintain their fit several times longer than removable prosthetics.

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Partners with Your Dentist

Dr. Gutierrez and Dr. Sterk work closely with several dentists in and around the Albuquerque area, and they are more than willing to partner with yours to make your dental implant experience as productive and positive as possible. They’ll make the transition between dental offices seamless, and here, our team will help you feel like you’re stepping into your home dental office from day one.

Team of oral surgeons discussing treatment plan

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

Female patient giving thumbs up after getting dental implants in Albuquerque, NM

When you’re researching how much it will cost to get dental implants, you need to understand one thing: every patient is different. Your own implant costs can vary dramatically from that of another patient because you have your own needs that have to be taken into account. We can give you an estimate of how much you’ll end up paying for dental implants at your initial consultation, and we’ll point you towards ways that will let you enjoy the benefits of implants without putting a strain on your bank account.

Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery

Male dental patients with dental implants in Albuquerque, NM leaning back and smiling

There are several kinds of treatments that are often performed before dental implant placement. For example, bone grafting is often required if there’s not currently enough bone tissue to support an implant post. Each preliminary treatment will have its own cost to consider. Then, when everything is ready, you’ll also need to pay for the implant surgery. There are a few factors that can affect how much you pay for surgery, such as what kind of sedation is used.

The Parts of Your Dental Implant

Render of dental implant in Albuquerque, NM in lower arch

Dental implants are made up of three main parts, all with their own cost: implant post, abutment, and restoration. The number of implants you need, the kind of restoration they support, and the kind of material used to make each component can all play a major role in determining the overall cost. For example, a procedure that only calls for one dental implant post will obviously have a lower price than a procedure that requires four or more posts.

How Dental Implants Can Save You Money

Parts of dental implants in Albuquerque, NM next to stack of money

At first glance, it might seem like the best way to save money is to pick traditional dentures or bridges instead of dental implants. However, thanks to their longevity, dental implants can actually help you spend less on new teeth as time goes on because you don’t need to get replacements as often (or at all, as is the case for many patients). Also, dental implants are easy to clean and maintain, so they can help you indirectly save money by decreasing the risk for gum disease and tooth decay.

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

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Some dental insurance plans help pay for implants, but many of them do not; you’ll have to confirm your benefits with your provider. Even if implants aren’t included in your plan, related services like the final restoration or certain preliminary treatments might be eligible for coverage. Our team will help you figure out the best way to maximize your benefits to help pay for your new smile.

Making Dental Implants Affordable

Dentist checking financing information on computer

We accept dental and medical insurance, but if you aren’t currently covered, we also offer financing through CareCredit. You can sign up for a monthly payment plan with little to no interest so that it’s much easier for your budget to accommodate the cost of dental implants and related services.

Dental Implant FAQs

woman giving thumbs up in dental chair

As a permanent method of replacing your lost pearly whites, dental implants are a major commitment. It’s normal to have a few worries about what’s to come with the treatment, and our team will be happy to answer your questions regarding what to expect before, during, and after the procedure. After all, your implant dentist in Albuquerque wants you to be sure that you’re making the right decision. While you wait for your appointment, we encourage you to read the answers to some frequently asked questions about dental implants.

Can I Take Dental Implants Out?

No, you can’t take a dental implant out on your own. After it has been placed, the implant post will naturally integrate with the bone and tissue in your jaw. Eventually, it will become just as embedded as the roots of the teeth you were born with. Once this process is finished, it can potentially remain in place for the rest of your life! This means that only a dental professional can take it out. Some types of implant dentures can be designed so that you can remove them for daily cleaning, but the posts will still be anchored in your jawbone.

Am I Too Old to Get Dental Implants?

Once you have reached adulthood and your jawbone has finished growing, your age shouldn’t be a direct factor in your candidacy for dental implants in Albuquerque. Many patients are able to get dental implants well into their golden years. That being said, seniors may be more likely to have other medical conditions that could impact dental implant treatment, such as type 2 diabetes or osteoporosis. These issues might not necessarily disqualify you from getting implants, but our team may need to take additional precautions to minimize your risk of complications. That’s why we’ll be sure to review your medical history beforehand; it helps us plan out your treatment to make it as safe, comfortable, and successful as possible.

Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?

At first glance, dental implant surgery might seem like a painful procedure, but most of our patients are pleasantly surprised by how comfortable it turns out to be. Because of the advanced anesthetic techniques we use, you shouldn’t feel anything more than slight pressure during your procedure. Of course, some post-op discomfort is to be expected after any type of oral surgery, but this should only last for a few days at most. We’ll be sure to provide you with a detailed list of aftercare instructions that will minimize the soreness you feel.

Will I Have to Take Off Work for Dental Implant Surgery?

It depends on the type of work you do. If your job is mostly sedentary, you may only need to take a day or two off before you feel up to returning. However, too much exercise can delay your body’s healing rate. Therefore, if your job involves physical activity, we might recommend taking at least three days off so that your body can finish the majority of the healing process before then. Of course, the exact amount of time you’ll need to recover will vary, and our team make recommendations based on your specific case.