Essenmacher Family Dental

Insurance Companies

We are in-network with the following insurance companies. If you have questions regarding your specific plan or benefits, contact our office! We are happy to help.

  • Delta Dental
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS of NM, TX, IL, OK
  • SunLife (formerly Assurant)
  • Cigna
  • United Concordia (including military Tricare)
  • Metlife
  • Guardian
Frequently Asked Questions

Dental Crowns | Albuquerque NM Dentist How Is That Possible?

Many people are puzzled when their dentist tells them that their tooth with a crown has a cavity. You may be thinking,  "How does that happen?  I thought the crown was porcelain or metal, and covers the whole tooth?"

Typically crowned teeth develop a cavity on the tooth at the junction where the crown and tooth meet, which dentists call the "margin." The margin is sometimes on the root surface of your tooth, which is more susceptible to getting cavities.

Cavity Prevention is Important

This is why oral hygiene is very important in making your crowns last longer. Brushing twice a day and flossing to remove plaque buildup helps to prevent cavities. Some other things that can be done to prevent from getting cavities on crowned teeth are in-office fluoride treatments after your cleanings, a healthy diet, and using a prescription mouth rinse or toothpaste. Please call Essenmacher Family Dental if you have any further questions.

Dental X-Rays | Albuquerque NM ​Dental Radiation is Minimal

It’s hard to believe, but a dental radiograph actually exposes you to less radiation than what you get every day just from environmental exposure!  If you fly on a plane, you are exposed to much more radiation than a series of checkup x-rays.  Also, it is important to note that digital x-rays, which are always used at Essenmacher Family Dental, give much less radiation than the traditional film x-rays, and tens to hundreds of times less than a chest x-ray, mammogram or CT scan.  We also always utilize a lead apron with a thyroid collar to help minimize the exposure even further.

Dental Emergency | Albuquerque, NM | Essenmacher Family DentalAt Essenmacher Family Dental, we set aside time to treat dental emergencies. And we always do our best to see patients quickly.

During this crucial time, which can be scary, we want to relieve your pain and save your tooth or teeth.

However, if you’ve experienced a trauma, we want you to visit your local emergency room first. You or a friend can contact us from there.

Otherwise, we treat your dental emergency with diligence.

What our Northeast Heights emergency dentist decides to do during your emergency, however, will always depend on the nature of your emergency.

For example, some emergencies require x-rays. Others require trying to save a lost tooth.

Emergency Prevention

At Essenmacher Family Dental, most of the emergencies we encounter have to do with the sudden pain brought by dental infections.

The best way to avoid dental infections is to brush and floss daily. Additionally, it’s crucial to your long-term dental health to see our dentist regularly and schedule a professional dental cleaning at least every six months.

Our patients who practice these healthy habits have fewer dental emergencies, cavities, infections, and a decreased risk for periodontal disease.

Contact Our Dental Office

If you think you have a dental emergency, contact our Albuquerque dental office immediately. Our skilled team can assess your situation quickly and make the best call for your dental health.

At Essenmacher Family Dental, we have many satisfied patients who have undergone the All-on-4 procedure. And as dental professionals, we have been very impressed with All-on-4.

However, this is a complex undertaking—not for the patient but for the dentist—meant to provide a brand-new smile. We don’t recommend seeking out just any dentist.

The skilled cosmetic dentist in our Albuquerque, NM dental office does stunning work!

All-on-4 requires four strategically placed titanium posts across your jaw. These posts are strong enough to support an affixed denture.

With All-on-4, you will no longer have to worry about dentures slipping or coming into our dental office for realigns. There is simply no better denture technology around.

In addition, our dentist makes sure your restoration teeth look natural. No one will even know you have All-on-4!

The process starts with a comprehensive assessment in our dental office. It is during this assessment that our top dentist determines whether you’re a good candidate for All-on-4. This is also a great time to ask any questions that you may have about this innovative denture-meets-implant technology.

Contact Essenmacher Family Dental

Join our Northeast Heights patients who are raving about their new smiles. Schedule your All-on-4 consultation today.

replace a missing tooth in Albuquerque, NM | Essenmacher Family DentalWe Offer Options That Work for You

At Essenmacher Family Dental we have several different options to replace missing teeth.  Often the most desired option is a dental implant.  An oral surgeon or periodontist places the post of the implant below the gum line. After healing has occurred and the implant has stabilized in the bone, Dr. Essenmacher will take an impression (mold), and a local, highly skilled dental lab technician will custom create a tooth that fits perfectly in the missing tooth’s place. 


Another option to replace a missing tooth is a bridge. A bridge can be used if the missing tooth is in between two existing teeth. The existing teeth would have crowns placed on them and they would be attached to the replacement tooth in the middle.  Both implants and bridges are cemented into place, so they do not come in and out and are very natural-looking replacements for missing teeth.

Partial and Complete Dentures

A partial denture can also be used, and is a reasonable option especially when multiple teeth are missing on one arch. A partial denture is a removable appliance that can have a metal or acrylic base.  Acrylic teeth are then placed on the base to replace missing teeth.  It is held in by clasps that surround the remaining teeth.

If all the teeth are missing, a traditional denture can be used, or we can fabricate a prosthesis that is supported by implants for better retention.

Dr. Essenmacher would be happy to sit down with you and discuss all your options, so we can find the solution that best meets your needs.

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