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Will my dental implant procedure hurt?

Dental Implant Procedure | Albuquerque, NM | Essenmacher Family DentalWhen you read about it in black and white, the technical aspects of dental implant surgery can seem invasive. When you have all of the information, however, you will realize that dental implant surgery causes minimal discomfort, and with the proper post-operative care, will health rather quickly.

When we recommend dental implants in our Northern Heights dental office, we will discuss the entire procedure so that you have a complete understanding of what to expect.

Things To Keep In Mind About Dental Implants

  • Our oral surgeon specialists will ensure your comfort.
  • You will be completely numb throughout the procedure.
  • Unlike soft tissue, bone contains few nerves.
  • Some bruising is normal, but will quickly fade.
  • Initial healing times are short, but full integration takes longer.

It is crucial to follow post-operative care instructions.

  • Leave the area undisturbed for the first 24 hours.
  • After that, rinse gently with warm salt water until tissue heals.
  • Avoid brushing the area directly.
  • Some redness and swelling are normal.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications can help with discomfort and swelling.
  • Minimize physical activity for the first 24 hours.
  • Avoid smoking, which increases dental implant failure rates.

We will discuss the best way to care for your dental implant and stay in close communication as you recover.

If you have missing teeth and would like information about dental implants, contact our Northern Heights dental office to arrange a consultation. 

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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