Dental Implant Restoration
Dental Implant Restoration in Santa Fe and Los Alamos NM
Now patients who are missing teeth have a strong, beautiful alternative to bridges, partials, or full dentures. Alpine Laser Dental will improve your smile and your lifestyle. Dental Implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth because of a titanium anchor attached to the jawbone. Dental implants can also include anchor bridges, partials, or full dentures to eliminate slipping.
After a thorough evaluation, Dr. Brookover can tell you whether you’re a candidate for dental implants. They require adequate bone structure for placement.
The first stage of the procedure involves oral surgery in which a titanium post is implanted into the jawbone for each missing tooth or for the new teeth that will anchor a bridge or denture. Nature will take its course, and allow your bone tissue to fuse with the titanium post. This creates a solid foundation.
Once the implants are secured, your dentist will attach a handcrafted, permanent crown to each post. The restorations will match your natural teeth and blend seamlessly with your smile.
By imitating an entire natural tooth from the root up, dental implants offer a prosthetic that closely mimics nature. The result? Alpine Laser Dental’s dental implant patients in Santa Fe, NM, and Los Alamos, NM, enjoy restored function, which nicely allows going back to a healthy diet of hard-to-chew foods.
Additionally, day to day speech may also improve. Strong and secure, your new smile will boost your confidence, enhance your appearance, and improve your quality of life.
Zirconia Dental Implants
New technology has enabled Alpine Laser Dental to replace teeth with high-performance ceramic zirconium oxide dental implants in place of titanium. Significantly less plaque forms on zirconium oxide ceramics. This reduces the risk of peri-implantis, cardiovascular disease, and stroke.
Zirconium oxide provides excellent aesthetics because it provides better adherence of the gums to and around the implant. The white-colored zirconia implant is very similar to natural tooth color so there are not gray rings or shadows at the gum line, even with thin or receding gums
Zirconium oxide ceramics are extremely biocompatible and do not irritate the immune system. There are no known incompatibilities or allergies to this material.
Why White Dental Implants?
Some people find that they are incompatible to conventional titanium implants.
Prospective dental implant patients in Santa Fe, NM, and Los Alamos, NM, need to know that the new high performance material is now available in place of titanium called zirconium also brings important health and esthetic benefits:
- Significantly less plaque forms on zirconium. This reduces the risk of peri-implantitis (swelling and infection around the implant), which helps reduce cardiovascular disease, stroke and other health problems as shown on the diagram.
- The gingiva/gum adheres very well to zirconium and thus provides the best aesthetics. Since the implants are white – very similar to the natural tooth – there are no gray rings around the gum line.
They are metal-free and achieve excellent Osseo-integration.
Zirconium ceramics are extremely biocompatible and do not irritate the immune system. There are no known incompatibilities or allergies to zirconium.
In laboratory blood studies, no adverse reaction could be detected with zirconium. Thus, all-ceramic zirconium implants are considered to be immunologically safe.
Dental Implants Act as Permanent, Secure Tooth Replacements
According to statistics, Americans will lose an average of 12 teeth by the age of 50. When you lose permanent teeth, regardless of why or how many, dental implants can offer a “new lease on life.” Superior to other choices such as bridges, full dentures, or removable partials, an implant actually replicates a tooth root, in both form and function, so as to anchor a single tooth or multiple-tooth prosthetic.
Dental implants feel, function, and look completely natural. They don’t slip out of place the way traditional dentures sometimes do, so you’ll enjoy renewed ability to eat, talk, and smile with confidence.
To place dental implants, a small biocompatible titanium post is inserted into the jawbone below the gum surface. With proper use of the newest anesthetics and medications, we can make this minimally invasive procedure comfortable and prompt.
During the healing process, bone will naturally fuse with the implant post to create a secure foundation for your single or multiple-tooth restoration. We work with talented ceramists and lab technicians who create restorations and prosthetics from fine dental materials that are contoured and shaded to look completely natural.
The beauty of your new smile will extend below the surface. Without a tooth root, bone will degenerate. Teeth will shift out of place, and cheeks and lips cave inward to make a person look older.
Dental implants will give you a strong, lasting foundation for replacement teeth. They’ll also replace the underlying structure for your facial features, to create a plumper, younger appearance. After nearly 35 years of use, dental implants have a 90 to 95% proven success rate in appropriately chosen cases.
Dental implants also function like natural teeth, so you will be able to enjoy nutritious, hard-to-chew foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables. And you can throw away your denture adhesives because caring for your new implants will involve only the two-step hygiene process you already perform every day — brushing and flossing.
Alpine Laser Dental’s Dr. Brookover will assess your case to help you decide whether dental implants are right for you. The office will need to take X-rays, photos, and records to determine your bone density and level of oral health. Dr. Brookover will also want to discuss your goals and expectations making it possible to deliver the best results for your unique situation.
To get started call Alpine Laser Dental in its Santa Fe, NM, office at 505-982-6426 or in Los Alamos, NM, office at 505-662-4503 today and schedule your dental implant consultation with Dr. Brookover.
Dental Implants and lots of gorgeous new smiles in just one day are potentially one decision away.
What was impossible just a short time ago, we do every day now. Miracles do happen! And in the right situation, you can receive your beautiful new smile in just one day!
Advances in dental implant technology and new protocols now make it possible to replace failing or missing teeth with customized replacements immediately.
We do it all right here
Patients receive complete, fast, and convenient treatment all in one location. Alpine Laser Dental has an experienced team of dental professionals, 3D CAT scanning technology, and a specialized On-Site Dental Implant Lab, which sets it apart from other dental offices in Santa Fe, NM, and Los Alamos, NM.
Santa Fe, NM and Los Alamos, NM, dental office Alpine Laser Dental is one of the few select dental implant centers in New Mexico to use 3D CAT Scans for diagnosis and treatment planning. It only takes 20 seconds to give us a detailed look at existing teeth, bone, nerves, and tissue.
The 3D CAT Scan provides three-dimensional and cross-sectional views that allow us to:
- Examine the quality and density of the bone that will anchor the implant
- Determine the precise placement of the implants
- Select the correct type and size of the implants
- Avoid the nerves and sinuses
- With less radiation than other CAT scans
In addition to replacing single, multiple, and failing teeth, Alpine Laser Dental offers Noble Biocare Immediate Function Procedures, including the All-on-4 Procedure, an advanced alternative to traditional dentures. The All-on-4 procedure can replace a full arch of teeth in one day, using only four implants and often without bone grafts. That saves you time and money.
Computer-guided dental implant surgery
Computer technology has fueled great advances in the field of implant dentistry. 3D CT scans enable us to evaluate each patient’s anatomy in detail. The incorporation of computer aided design – computer aided manufacturing (CAD-CAM) technology — and computer software for 3D rendering and virtual surgery planning has brought implant dentistry to a new level of predictability.
After Alpine Laser Dental obtains a scan using the in-office 3D scanner, the data is imported into the planning software. Significant anatomical landmarks such as nerves and sinuses can be traced and labeled.
Virtual implant surgery can then be done on the patient’s CT scan. Ideal position and size of implants can be determined and checked from multiple perspectives. After ideal implant positions are determined, the dental restorations can be built virtually in the software to ensure the implants are positioned correctly to enable proper aesthetics and function for the future teeth.
Alpine Laser Dental takes the extra step of having multiple computer graphics rendered of each guided surgery plan to ensure the best possible accuracy before proceeding to the final planning phase. If these graphics are approved, the next step is the fabrication of the guided surgery stent.
Alpine Laser Dental is able to analyze patients’ anatomy using CT scans and to plan surgery using CT planning software, but translating the information from the computer into the patients’ mouth was the missing link. With the incorporation of CAD CAM technology, we have been able to bridge that gap.
CAD-CAM technology has enabled a computer to take the plan from our software and fabricate an extremely accurate guide that simply snaps over the patient’s teeth and ensures that implants are placed exactly where we planned them on the patient’s CT scan.
There are many benefits to computer-guided surgery, which may include:
- More accurate implant placement
- Faster, less invasive surgical techniques
- Less need for bone grafting or sinus augmentation
- Safer surgery by avoiding sensitive anatomy such as nerves and blood vessels
- Ability to plan treatment and perform more complex implant cases
If the dentist you are working with is not using 3D technology for implant dentistry, you are not receiving the current state of the art in dental care.
The team of experienced dental professionals at Alpine Laser Dental are trained for extractions, dental implantation, and other surgical techniques as well as the best in cosmetic and restorative dentistry.
We strive to provide technical, educational, and emotional support and answer any clinical or financial questions you might have.
Isn’t it time to change your smile and your life for the rest of your life? Call Alpine Laser Dental in its Santa Fe, NM, office at 505-982-4506 or in its Los Alamos, NM, office at 505-662-4503 to schedule a consultation.