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Here’s the Difference between a Dental Implant and a Fixed Dental Bridge

March 31, 2019
Posted By: Dr. Lindsay M. Essenmacher
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At Essenmacher Family Dental, our top Albuquerque cosmetic dentist assesses your oral health to make sure you’re a good candidate for the tooth restoration option that you choose.

And when it comes to tooth loss, you have more options today than ever before. Two restoration choices that our  patients have raved about are dental implants and fixed dental bridges.

These restoration options are similar—in the sense that they provide seamless smiles—but the process is different.

Dental Implants Are the Gold Standard in Tooth Restoration

It’s true that a dental implant is the most life-like tooth restoration around. They offer an affixed or permanent solution to tooth loss, and they look and feel like natural teeth. The process begins with implant placement.

In our Albuquerque, NM dental office, our skilled Northeast Heights dentist surgically implants a thin titanium post into your jaw. This post fuses with your jawbone over a period of months and acts as a root for your tooth restoration.

This restoration is carefully colored and shaped to match the surrounding teeth. Additionally, if you have complete tooth loss, a few dental implant posts can support a new arch of these life-like tooth restorations.

A Fixed Dental Bridge for a Less Invasive Approach

A fixed dental bridge is a placeholder for teeth that are missing.

A dental bridge means we place crowns on healthy adjacent teeth, and the middle section holds an artificial tooth. Following this, a crown is placed to give a seamless smile.

Our Albuquerque, NM dentist relies on CEREC technology to render artistically your dental bridge restoration from a single piece of porcelain.

Contact Our Dental Office in Albuquerque, NM

If you’re considering dental restorations in the Albuquerque or Northeast Heights areas, the team at Essenmacher Family Dental is standing by to schedule your assessment today with our leading cosmetic dentist.

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Dear valued patients,

As many of you know, in response to the recommendations from the American Dental Association and public health orders in place in New Mexico, we have been seeing patients on an urgent/emergency basis only since March 17. As a practice, our first priority is to put the health and safety of our team and community first.  

Because the exact trajectory of this pandemic cannot be anticipated, we are unable to accurately predict when we’ll be able to resume seeing patients for regular dental care.  At this time, public health orders prohibiting elective dental care extend until May 15.  However, we will definitely make an announcement on our website and Facebook when normal hours are resumed. We will also be contacting patients whose appointments were canceled so that we can reschedule.  

In the meantime, if you have any questions about an upcoming appointment, or have a concern about your teeth that you’d like to discuss, please do not hesitate to call our office.  We are happy to assist you in any way we can.  

While we all watch and wait to see what the coming weeks hold for our nation, I pray for health and peace for all of you and those you love.  I know that together, we will get through this. Take care and God bless. Visit our Facebook page for a message from Dr. Essenmacher. 

Best Regards,

Dr. Essenmacher