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Untreated tooth decay, sports injuries and other forms of dental trauma can sometimes be so severe that it results in the total loss of a tooth. When this happens, it can limit your ability to chew, alter your appearance and change the clarity of your speech.

Many living in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area with a missing tooth will contact Dr. Henry Espinosa to explore the dental restorations offered at his clinic.

While a bridge can certainly restore the tooth’s presence and function in your mouth, they have decreased in popularity in recent years. Some people find bridgework difficult to clean around, while lacking the strong feeling of the original tooth. This complaint is even more common for missing premolars that are called upon to do a significant amount of chewing and grinding.

One of the most effective methods for restoring the missing tooth’s presence and original strength is to have Dr. Henry Espinosa fit you for a dental implant with a crown.

The process starts with Dr. Henry Espinosa examining the area to assess the integrity of the underlying bone structure. If the cause of tooth loss also compromised the bone structure, he might recommend a bone graft. This will restore enough material to firmly anchor the implant about.

With any structural concerns addressed, Dr. Henry Espinosa can start the implant restoration, with a single outpatient appointment. To do this he will make a careful incision in your gums. A narrow channel is then made in your jaw bone. A titanium implant is then screwed into the channel in the bone and your gums are sutured closed.

Titanium is known for being biologically compatible. Through a natural process known as osseointegration, the abutment will gradually bond with the surrounding bone tissues. This gives the final restored tooth the same biting strength of the original tooth.

Once total fusion has been attained, Dr. Henry Espinosa can start the process of fitting it for a crown. This will fully restore the missing tooth’s presence, and function in your mouth.

If you live in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area and you are missing a tooth, you should call 505-888-1116 to schedule a dental restoration consultation with Dr. Henry Espinosa.