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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.

Alcohol

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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How to Prepare For Dental Implant Surgery

Dental Implant Treatment Albuquerque NMWhether you are a business professional, work from home, or are even retired, nothing can put a damper on your appearance quite like a mouth full of missing teeth. And although you can consider becoming a professional pirate, Dr. Steven Holbrook has a few options to help you restore your smile including dental implants.

Depending on the health of your gums and jaw structure, Dr. Steven Holbrook may recommend that you get dental implants. By surgically implanting a metal rod into your gums and then placing a crown over the top, dental implants act almost exactly like a natural tooth. As one of the most important parts of dental implant surgery, it’s important that you know exactly how to prepare.

Fast

Depending on what type of anesthesia we are using for your surgery, we may encourage you to fast for around 4-12 hours beforehand so that it doesn’t upset your stomach. Before your surgery, we will call you and let you know exactly how long you need to fast for.

Meal Preparation

For the first few days or even up to a week after your implant surgery, your mouth will be sore and swollen which means that you won’t be able to eat hard-to-chew foods like steak and pizza. To make your recovery easier, try making some easy-to-chew beforehand like pasta, mashed potatoes, soup, and smoothies. That way, as soon as you get home, you can focus on resting.

Medications

Depending on your current health and any medications that you regularly take, we may recommend that you stop using them a few weeks beforehand. During your initial consultation with Dr. Steven Holbrook, he will go over your medical history.

Ready to get back your smile? Consider getting dental implants from Dr. Steven Holbrook. To learn more, schedule your consultation at our Albuquerque office at (505) 881-1159

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How to Get a Kiss-Worthy Smile Just In Time for Valentine’s Day

dental implants Albuquerque NMWhether you’re single and looking for a date for Valentine’s day or if you’re planning on spending the romantic holiday with your partner of over 35 years, there’s one thing for certain: you are going to want to end the night with a kiss. However, if you have missing, chipped, or broken teeth, giving that kiss may be the last thing on your significant other’s mind. So, how can you get a kiss-worthy smile just in time for Valentine’s Day? Let’s take a closer look.

Same Day Implants

If you know about dental implants, you know that with traditional implants, it takes several months from start to finish for them to be done— which doesn’t leave you with enough time to get ready for Valentine’s Day. However, here at our office, Dr. Steven Holbrook offers patients the same day option to help restore your smile in, yes, just one day. During your initial consultation with Dr. Steven Holbrook, he will determine whether or not you are a suitable candidate for this type of procedure.

Veneers

Veneers are a magical tool that Dr. Steven Holbrook can use to help fix a variety of oral imperfections and concerns including crooked teeth, discolored teeth, broken teeth, and cracked teeth. By sanding down your existing teeth and then gluing porcelain veneers on the top, you can get the smile of your dreams just in time for V-Day.

Here at our office, we want you to have the best Valentine’s Day ever and seal it with a kiss. Let us help you fix your smile so that you can get the best kiss of the year. To schedule your dental consultation, contact our Albuquerque office at (505) 881-1159.

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How to Freshen Up Your Bad Breath

How to Freshen Up Your Bad Breath | Steven E. Holbrook, DMD | Albuquerque, NMEating that garlic burger may have seemed like a good idea at the time but having garlic breath for the rest of the day certainly isn’t something to brag about— or talk about near anyone for that matter. While a gas mask can help those around you function, if you have noticed that your bad breath happens more often than not,  then you may be suffering from an underlying oral condition. Here’s what you need to know about your bad breath.

Water May Help

Are you drinking enough water every day or are you drinking more cups of coffee than you care to admit? Water helps increase your mouth’s natural production of saliva. And, your saliva works to get rid of bacteria and germs that cause bad breath. Try replacing your second, third, and the even fourth cup of coffee with some water instead. The extra hydration may not only clean up your breath, but it can also help you feel physically better as well.

It Could Be an Infection

In addition to bad breath, have you noticed any other symptoms? Are your teeth or gums sore? Do you have a difficulty swallowing? Have you noticed that your gums bleed easily? All of these and more are indications that you may have an oral infection. Infections cause bad breath among other things, but with the proper diagnosis and treatment, your bad breath should ease up.

Changes Can Go a Long Way

To help clean up your bad breath, try making a few changes to your oral hygiene. For instance, make sure that you are regularly flossing your teeth. Additionally, try to clean your tongue with either your toothbrush or with an ADA approved tongue scraper. If you have made these changes but are still experiencing chronic bad breath, schedule an appointment with Dr. Steven Holbrook.

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Bad breath doesn’t automatically equate to an infection, but if your symptoms persist contact our Albuquerque office at (505) 881-1159

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Spring Into A Conversation About Dental Implants

dental implants in Albuquerque NM | Dr. Steven HolbrookThere are many reasons for replacing a tooth – cavities, periodontal disease, bone loss, missing teeth, failed dental work, and injury or trauma are but a few. A dental implant is one of the ways missing teeth can be replaced…and implants are becoming more and more popular. If your smile is less-than-perfect, you may be a candidate for a dental implant – the artificial replacement of the root of a natural tooth.

Dentistry has come a long way, it’s true. But millions of Americans continue to suffer from missing teeth. For centuries, the only treatment options available were fixed bridges and removable dentures. But today, dental implants provide a better, more natural looking alternative.

If you are suffering from missing or diseased teeth, the first thing to do is gather information about the many options for replacement that are available to you. At your initial consultation, Dr. Holbrook will explain the various replacement options, interpret your x-rays, and answer any questions you may have. His goal is your satisfaction in having a winning smile. Dr. Holbrook can replace one tooth or several.

Begin your implant treatment only when you are ready. Let us help you make that decision. Life is too short to suffer with teeth that are less-than ideal. Your self-esteem, self-confidence and even your intimacy can be tied to how you feel about your smile.

Say goodbye to those slipping dentures or old, cracked crowns; replace your missing teeth. The dental implant procedure is simple, recovery is fast and implants are easy to maintain. Dental implants look natural and will last for decades with the proper care. Keeping on top of a daily oral health routine is crucial. You must floss and brush and visit Dr. Holbrook twice a year for a good cleaning and check-up.

Want to learn more? Call to schedule a consultation appointment, today, and get your smile back on track for the summer days ahead: (505) 881-1159.

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