If you have missing or severely damaged teeth, it can be difficult to chew, speak, or smile with comfort and confidence.

Dr. Sean Healy in Santa Fe, NM, uses world-renowned Nobel Biocare® dental implants to replace a single tooth or multiple missing teeth

So why should you choose dental implants to replace missing teeth?

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Replacing a single tooth with a dental implant requires three main components: the implant, an abutment, and a dental crown.

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Anchor Your Crowns, Bridges, or Dentures with Dental Implants

Anchor Your Crowns, Bridges, or Dentures with Dental Implants

"A dental implant is basically a bionic root."

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that can be used to anchor dental crowns, bridges, or dentures directly to the jawbone. During a consultation at Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center of Santa Fe, Dr. Sean Healy and Dr. Diego Hurtado will perform advanced imaging to determine whether you are a good candidate for a dental implant. Following your dental implant surgery, our oral surgeons are available around the clock to address any concerns.

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Dental Implants Basics

When a tooth is lost or removed, both the root and the visible part of the tooth (crown) are gone. A dental implant is a tiny titanium tooth root replacement which is inserted into the jawbone where teeth are missing.  Over time, the bone grows around the titanium and forms a strong and secure foundation for the new titanium root.  On top of the post, your oral surgeon can place a new crown, custom-matched to your own teeth.  The crown is either cemented onto the post or held in place with a connecting screw referred to as an abutment.

Graphic comparing structure of dental implants to natural teeth

A number of different types of implants are available. If you are replacing multiple neighboring teeth, your dentist may recommend an implant-secured bridge or denture. Unlike traditional bridges, an implant does not require cutting nearby teeth and thus better preserves a patient’s remaining teeth. Implant-retained dentures are considerably more stable than traditional options as well, and can both improve the quality of chewing and eliminate slipping.

While traditional implants can take anywhere from a few months to a year to finish, Same Day and All-on-4 implants can be placed and restored in a single appointment. 

Benefits of Dental Implants

The benefits of implants are enormous. If your ability to chew is hindered due to the tender area of the missing tooth, your speech is affected by missing teeth, or if you are reluctant to smile because of gaps in your smile, these problems can be solved with dental implants. Many patients report a positive impact not only on their physical health but on their overall quality of life.

One of the biggest advantages is improved oral health. When a person loses a tooth, they lose stimulation from its root in that part of the mouth. As a result, the body determines that fewer nutrients are needed and redirect them elsewhere. The jawbone often begins to shrink. Because dental implants replace both the tooth and the root, stimulation is restored and nutrients can be rerouted back to the mouth. Thus implants restore lost bone, prevent future tissue loss, and the shifting of neighboring teeth.

A Dental Implant Testimonial

A Dental Implant Testimonial

"I don't dread my appointments."

Patty came to Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center of Santa Fe after realizing she needed a tooth extraction and a dental implant. Although her procedure spanned several appointments, she felt comfortable, relaxed, and informed throughout the entire process. In this dental implants testimonial, she recommends our oral surgery practice to others because of our friendly doctors, caring staff, and beautiful office.

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Preparing for Implants

For a successful treatment, patients must have sufficient jawbone tissue to support potential implants. Because bone deterioration is such a common problem after tooth loss, patients may require preparatory procedures such as bone grafting or sinus lifts to encourage bone growth in the months before implant placement. 

The Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center of Santa Fe

Dr. Sean Healy and the team at The Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center of Santa Fe are proud to provide top-quality care to our patients. We use the latest dental technology and techniques to improve the health and appearance of your smile.

For more information about our services, contact our practice online or call (505) 984-0694 today.

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I was nervous... but Dr. Healy and his nurses put me at ease, and he even gave me a call the evening after surgery to make sure I was ok. From a Google Review

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Our office provides services at three office locations in Santa Fe, Taos, and Los Alamos.

We have 3 locations in the greater Santa Fe, New Mexico area

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Santa Fe Office

2100 Calle de la Vuelta
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Open Today 8:00am - 3:00pm

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Taos Office

1392 Weimer Rd
Taos, NM 87571

Usually 1-2 times a month: 9 am - 3 pm

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Los Alamos Office

3250 Trinity Dr
Los Alamos, NM 87544

Every other Friday: 9 am - 3 pm

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