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Bone grafting to prepare for dental implants

Dentist check-up teeth X-ray film with innovation technology.Patients who need to reconstruct their smile due to damage from periodontal disease and tooth decay may feel overwhelmed at the choices that are available to them. This includes tooth replacement options like partial dentures, full dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants. There are many options available for those who are in need of smile reconstruction, and Dr. Steven E. Holbrook of Albuquerque, NM is here to assist patients in making a knowledgeable decision regarding their care. One popular option for patients missing a single tooth is that of the dental implant, which provides long-term improvement of the smile’s appearance and functionality. However, not everyone is a proper candidate for this unique tooth replacement option. Learn more about the dental implant and how to prepare for placement!

What are dental implants?

Dr. Steven E. Holbrook describes the dental implant as a titanium metal restoration that is used to act as a tooth root replacement. The restoration is placed during oral surgery into the bone of the jaw. The portion above the gumline, called the abutment, is the foundation for a dental restoration. This may include a dental crown, a dental bridge, or a full denture, depending on how many teeth a patient is replacing.

Who is a good candidate for dental implants?

It is vital that a dentist evaluates a patient to determine if they are a good fit for dental implants. Implants require sufficient bone to ensure successful placement, so x-rays are taken to evaluate the jawbone and its current state. If patients are serious about having dental implants but are not good candidates due to the lack of bone, bone grafting procedures may be done to build up the jaw and make it proper for the placement of an implant in the future.

Bring back the beauty and function of your natural smile with dental implants

Albuquerque, NM patients who are in need of replacing missing teeth can ask Dr. Steven E. Holbrook and his team about the benefits of using dental implants to do so. The office is located at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE Suite C and can be reached by calling (505) 881-1159. With over 30 years of experience, patients can rest easy knowing they are working with a quality provider that offers comprehensive dental care for new and existing patients and families.

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Restore the smile with dental implants

Tooth loss may be more common than you might realize. In fact, studies show that up to 69% of adults, by the age of 45, have lost at least one permanent tooth. Fortunately, there are many different ways to address tooth loss with today’s amazing advances in the field of restorative dentistry. Dr. Steven E. Holbrook is a dentist in the Albuquerque, NM area who is pleased to offer one of the most popular ways to replace missing teeth: dental implants. 

How can I restore my smile with dental implants? 

Restoring the smile with dental implants is easy. In fact, patients in many different situations will find that the versatility of dental implants make them the simple choice when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Dental implants are titanium posts that are put into the jaw during oral surgery where a tooth once was. This stimulates the bone growth process known as osseointegration, fusing the implant to the jaw to function as a natural tooth root once did. Dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss, not a temporary one in the same way partial dentures and dental bridges work. 

Who is a candidate for dental implants? 

Not everyone is well-suited for dental implants. Dental implants do require patients to have a healthy smile free from infection, disease, and cavities. They also require patients to have enough bone to place the implant successfully. This is determined with dental x-rays, during which Dr. Steven E. Holbrook can evaluate the health of the jaw to decide if the bone available will be responsive to the placement of the implant. Without osseointegration, the dental implant placement can fail and alternative options might need to be considered. 

How do I find out if I am a good fit for dental implants? 

If you would like to restore your smile with dental implants and live in or around the Albuquerque, NM area, we welcome you to call (505) 881-1159 to schedule an appointment with our team. We are open to new and existing patients, and provide a wide range of tooth replacement options for patients to consider at our state-of-the-art facility at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard NE, Suite C.

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Why are dental implants important?

Patients who have experienced tooth loss may wonder what their options are in terms of replacement. Tooth loss can cause a host of issues, not just a cosmetic change to the smile. Missing teeth leave behind spaces that may result in the shifting of adjacent teeth, causing misalignment and spaces within the dental arch. Additionally, the loss of a tooth can also cause dental resorption, where the bone of the jaw will begin to shrink as there is no longer a tooth to hold in place. Many of the problems associated with lost teeth can be resolved with tooth replacement options such as dental implants. 

What is a dental implant? 

A dental implant is a restoration that functions as a tooth root replacement. It is made of titanium that is biocompatible with the body. It is lightweight, strong, and effective at holding a restoration over the gumline. Because of the functionality of the dental implant, it can stimulate bone growth around it, ensuring that the implant itself will stay in the smile for many years to come! 

Why are dental implants important? 

There are many reasons why Dr. Steven E. Holbrook of Albuquerque, NM may recommend the use of a dental implant to replace missing teeth. These restorations are highly desirable because they: 

  • Maintain natural bone thanks to the stimulation through osseointegration
  • Keep existing teeth from shifting out of place due to large spaces left behind
  • Can last a lifetime within the smile with proper care and attention
  • Function as a natural tooth root, and the final restoration is strong and durable
  • Look completely natural when restored with a porcelain restoration such as a crown, bridge, or denture
  • Keep patients looking young by avoiding the shrinking jaw that leads to a sunken appearance to the mouth area (often seen in long-time denture wearers)

Find out more about dental implants for tooth replacement 

Patients in the community of Albuquerque, NM who are interested in learning more about solutions for tooth loss including dental implants are encouraged to book a consultation visit with Dr. Steven E. Holbrook. He is located at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard NE, Suite C and can be reached by phone for an appointment at (505) 881-1159.

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How implants benefit your oral health

Dr. Steven Holbrook of Albuquerque, NM is a dental provider who offers a wide selection of services to new and current patients. In addition, he can provide restorative dentistry for those who have lost natural teeth. Restorative solutions such as dental implants are popular options for many of our patients, and continue to be a desirable choice for both adult men and women in replacing one or more teeth. Additionally, many patients find that this treatment is also beneficial for oral health and wellness in many different ways. Below are just a few of the ways in which dental implants are beneficial:

  • Dental implants are stand-alone restorations. Unlike dental bridges, which require preparation to the surrounding teeth for stability and strength, dental implants are self-supporting. They use the bone of the jaw as the foundation to ensure they are strong enough to function as natural teeth do. This is also what makes them so durable and long-lasting, as they are fused with the jawbone for the best functionality.
  • Dental implants prevent bone resorption. When teeth are lost, the bone underneath can deteriorate through a process known as bone resorption. This is what causes patients who have dentures to have a sunken appearance to the lower portion of their face. With dental implants, osseointegration helps maintain the bone and keep this from occurring.
  • Dental implants are easy to care for. Dental implants are cared for just like the rest of the smile with daily brushing and flossing. They do not need to be adjusted like dentures do, and they function as they should. Patients can have their dental implants cleaned thoroughly at their routine six-month appointment with our dental team.

Ready to discuss the possibility of implants with your dentist?

Dr. Steven Holbrook and his team in Albuquerque, NM are here to help. Our practice is located at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE Suite C, and accepts new patients and families. We encourage future patients to call our office at (505) 881-1159 to request a visit at our practice and get started learning more about the treatments available to restore the smile!

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Why dental implants are the better tooth replacement

Do you have a space in your smile resulting from a lost or extracted tooth? Are you unsure of what options are available to you? Are you concerned about picking a restoration that doesn’t meet your budget or lifestyle? Dr. Steven E. Holbrook understands. He is an Albuquerque, NM area dentist who has over three decades of experience in providing general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. Patients of the community who are in need of tooth replacement options are encouraged to request a consultation appointment at his practice.

What options are available?

There are a few primary options available to patients when they are seeking tooth replacement. These options include:

  • Full dentures
  • Partial dentures
  • Porcelain dental bridges
  • Dental implants

In many instances, dental implants are far superior than their alternatives. This is because of the many benefits they provide. Dental implants are chosen because they are:

  • Safe
  • Effective
  • Biocompatible
  • Natural-looking
  • Permanent
  • Easy to care for

Why are dental implants the best tooth replacement?

In addition to the benefits above, dental implants are also the only tooth replacement option that can counteract bone resorption. Bone resorption is the loss of bone that can occur when patients are missing teeth or have them extracted for decay or disease. This bone resorption is what causes full denture wearers to experience a “sunken in” appearance to the lower third of their face. Without teeth in place, the bone will shrink. When placing dental implants, however, the implant stimulates the process of osseointegration, which is the natural growth of bone around the implant itself. Not only does this help in growing bone in the area, but it also provides a steady foundation for the implant. This is what makes implants the strongest, most reliable tooth replacement option for patients.

Speak to Dr. Steven E. Holbrook about placing dental implants

If you reside in the area of Albuquerque, NM and want to discuss the advantages of dental implants for your smile, connect with the team at Comprehensive Dental Care to learn more. The office is conveniently located in Suite C at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard NE and can be reached by phone to request a visit at (505) 881-1159.

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How dental implants differ from traditional dentures

Choosing a tooth replacement option that works for your smile and your lifestyle may be difficult for some patients if they are new to the area of restorative dentistry. While we have more ways than ever to help avoid completely tooth loss, it can still occur to some of our patients. With complete loss of the upper and/or lower arch of teeth, patients are impacted negatively in many ways. They will be unable to bite and chew, and speaking will be incredibly difficult. By working with Dr. Steven Holbrook of Albuquerque, NM, patients can find the difference between traditional dentures and the integration of dental implants.

Dental implants versus traditional dentures

Many patients are well aware of the function of traditional dentures. These acrylic restorations are made to incorporate false gum tissue and false teeth. The appliance is worn over the ridge of the gums to replace the arch of teeth. Some patients rely on natural suction to hold their dentures in place, while others use traditional denture adhesives that are available over-the-counter. However, patients who want a more sturdy, stronger solution may want to ask Dr. Steven Holbrook about the benefits of implant-supported dentures.

Implant-supported dentures have several benefits. The dental implants, made of titanium, are placed into the dental arch. Then, a special denture is made that includes just false teeth. It snaps into place with the dental implants, providing the best in strength and function. These dentures are held firmly in place with the dental implant foundation, ensuring patients can enjoy all their favorite foods, including steak! These dentures are also more natural in appearance, and give patients the confidence they need in social situations. Another benefit of implant-supported dentures is the maintenance of bone. Traditional dentures need to be adjusted or changed regularly because of bone loss that occurs alongside tooth loss. But dental implants, when placed during oral surgery, help stimulate bone growth through osseointegration. This bone growth eliminates the common appearance of a sunken-in jaw that occurs with conventional tooth loss and helps patients maintain a youthful look for many, many years to come!

Request an appointment today to discuss your options

Call (505) 881-1159 to book a visit with Dr. Steven Holbrook and his team in Albuquerque, NM to discuss dental implants versus traditional dentures.

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The four primary challenges of dental implants

Dental Implants | Steven Holbrook While dental implants are often the go-to solution to tooth loss for many of our patients, it is vital that patients also understand the long-term challenges that a dental implant patient may face. Dental implants are titanium posts a dentist may place into the bone of the jaw to act as a tooth root replacement. The implant may be restored using a dental crown, a dental bridge, or a denture, depending on the needs of the patient. However, placement can be tricky. Patients should have sufficient bone for placement to avoid failure. Below are a few common complications of dental implants that patients should be educated on:

• Failure to heal into the bone. During the placement of dental implants, patients will have a period of time during which they need to allow for osseointegration. This is the growth and bonding of the bone around the implant to hold it in place. If this does not happen, due to low bone density, cigarette smoking, or uncontrolled diabetes, it can cause the failure of dental implants.

• Periodontal disease. Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease affects more than just the soft tissues. Patients who are not properly diagnosed and treated early enough may experience jawbone loss that can impact the placement of their dental implants.

• Peri-implantitis. This chronic condition is an infection in the gums and bone that are the primary support for the dental implant. Patients who have this condition may experience bleeding from the gums, puss, and pain.

• Broken restorations. There are times when parts of the prosthetic may be damaged or broken and can result in problems for patients. This includes a loose abutment, broken restorations over the dental implant, or busted screws. During an evaluation, the dentist will make a decision as to the best way to address the problem and restore the implant and smile back to its proper function and appearance.

Dr. Steven Holbrook offers dental implants

Considering dental implants? Now is a great time to speak to a professional with over 30 years of experience in providing comprehensive dental care solutions for adult patients in the area of Albuquerque, NM. Call the office at (505) 881-1159 and request a visit to learn more.

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3 Tips to Speed Up Your Dental Implant Recovery

Dental ImplantsHaving one or more missing teeth isn’t exactly anybody’s idea of a good time, but it is a lot of people’s reality. Having missing teeth doesn’t just make you look a little less than perfect but it can also have more detrimental impacts on the health of your mouth. When you have a missing tooth, it can lead to deterioration of the jaw bone and it can also result in shifting teeth. To prevent this from happening, we have a variety of different restorative options including dental implants.


What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are one of the most popular types of restorative dentistry because they give patients an almost permanent way to restore their smile without having to worry about things like dental bridges or dentures. As a two step process, we will first surgically implant a rod into your gums which will require several months of healing. To make sure that your mouth heals fully, let’s go over a few tips.


Watch What You Eat

For the first few days after your implant has been placed, we encourage our patients to be especially mindful of foods they eat. For instance, try to avoid foods that are hard to chew or that are hard in general. Why? Because they may open up your incisions which can lead to things like infections.


Take Some NSAIDs

If you are in a little bit of pain or if your mouth is swollen, that’s pretty normal. To help you get rid of any pain or swelling, try to take some over-the-counter anti inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen for the first few days; this should do the trick and help you feel better in no time.


Use Ice

If you have a lot of swelling on your cheeks, then you should ice. Just make sure that you wrap the ice pack in a towel or cloth so that it doesn’t give your cheeks a burn.


Healing from dental implants doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, it shouldn’t be much of a process at all. If you notice any signs of infection like more swelling, pain, or irritation on your gums, then contact us. To learn more about dental implants and recovery, contact us at our office today and call us at  (505) 881-1159.

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How to Still Enjoy Thanksgiving While Your Mouth Is Recovering From Implants

Dental Implant Treatment Albuquerque NMDental implants can give your mouth and smile a whole new life which is something that’s definitely worth bragging about. Before you let the bragging begin, you need to give your gums plenty of time to heal after the implant has been placed and before we put the crown on top. Because this is one of the most important steps of the process, we encourage patients to be careful when they are chewing on that side so that food doesn’t get stuck and so that the gums have plenty of time to heal. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, you may be wondering how you can still enjoy your dinner if you are recovering from dental implant surgery. Luckily, we have a few tips for you.

Watch The Pecans

Pecan pie and pecan covered sweet potatoes may be a popular hit at your Thanksgiving table, but those crunchy nuts aren’t going to do your mouth any favors while you’re recovering from dental implants. Try to avoid these nuts and other ones and instead, enjoy a nice slice of pumpkin pie which is both better for you (overall) and doesn’t have anything that can disrupt the healing process.

Be Careful With the Turkey

Even though turkey is a lean meat that’s high in protein and good for you, unless it’s really soft and tender, chewing meat can be hard on your jaw and your incision site. When you are choosing some turkey meat to eat, try to cut it up into tiny pieces and make sure that it is tender enough that it almost breaks itself apart.


Depending on how far into the recovery process you are, Dr. Holbrook may recommend that you avoid alcohol for a few days or even a week after surgery because it’s a blood thinner. Blood thinners may slow down the healing process and cause your mouth to bleed a little bit longer than it should.

The great thing about Thanksgiving (other than family and friends) is that a lot of the foods are easy to chew like mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, bread rolls, and casseroles. Use the tips in this article to help speed up your mouth’s recovery process after dental implant surgery.

To learn more recovery tips or to schedule your next appointment, contact our Albuquerque office at (505) 881-1159.

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3 Myths About Dental Implants Debunked

Dental Implants Albuquerque NM In the world we live in, it’s easy to get absorbed by technology and believe everything we read online. And although there’s a lot of valid information out there, there’s also a lot of myths circulating the dental industry. Here at Dr. Steven Holbrook’s office, we pride ourselves on giving our patients clear, concise, and accurate information each and every time. Why? Because we want you to know all about the dental procedures you are getting and why they’re important. This article will debunk three common myths about dental implants.

Myth 1: They’re Only for the Elderly

One common misconception that many people have about dental implants is that they are only for the elderly, but that simply isn’t the case. Dental implants are for adults of all ages who have had to have a tooth extracted and need a replacement.

Myth 2: They’re Uncomfortable

Unlike dentures that can sometimes rub against the gums if they don’t fit well, dental implants shouldn’t give you any sort of trouble— especially after they have healed. Because dental implants are actually implanted into your gums, you won’t have to worry about them rubbing on anything or irritating your gums.

During the dental implant procedure itself, we will likely use a local anesthetic to help numb your mouth so that you don’t feel a thing. Although you may be sore when you get home and recover, it should subside after just a few days.

Myth 3: They Are a Lot of Work

Another misconception that some people have about dental implants is that they are a lot of work. However, you just care for them as you would your natural teeth— make sure that you are brushing them twice a day and that you floss.

Schedule a Consultation

Dental implants are one of the best ways to restore a smile. If you would like to learn more about dental implants and whether or not they are the right option for you, schedule a consultation at our Albuquerque, NM office today and call us at (505) 881-1159.

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