Dental Implants Specialist

Barbara Lewis-Heywood, DMD -  - General Dentistry

Riverside Dental Health & Beauty Spa

Barbara Lewis-Heywood, DMD

General Dentistry & Medical Spa located in Rio Rancho, NM

If you need to replace a tooth, a dental implant is an excellent option that mimics your tooth -- right down to the roots. At Riverside Dental Health, Barbara Lewis-Heywood, DMD, offers a complete suite of dental services, helping her patients in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, maintain excellent dental health. If you’d like to learn more about how a dental implant can preserve the health of your teeth, gums, and jawbone, please call the office or use the online scheduling tool.

Dental Implants Q & A

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant refers to an artificial tooth that’s supported by a metal post, which Dr. Lewis-Heywood implants into your jawbone. Once the post is in place, the dentist places a crown over the post, which is custom-manufactured to fit in seamlessly with your surrounding teeth.

Why would I need a dental implant?

There are many reasons why you may need a dental implant, chief among them:

  • A loss of tooth due to decay
  • A tooth that’s been knocked out
  • As a support for another prosthetic device, such as a bridge

Dental implants are an ideal solution for not only replacing missing teeth but also as an anchor for a bridge if you’re missing several teeth in a row.

What are the advantages of a dental implant?

There’s a good reason (several, in fact) why dentists in the United States place five million implants each year. To start, a dental implant mimics your natural tooth right down to its roots. When you lose a tooth, you lose much more than meets the eye, including the root structure inside your jawbone.

With a dental implant, Dr. Lewis-Heywood places a titanium post into your jaw, and your body responds by growing bone around it, fusing it into place.

The advantages of this integration are myriad, including that it:

  • Prevents bone loss in your jaw
  • Keeps your existing teeth in position
  • Provides a stable tooth that won’t shift

While nothing beats the teeth that Mother Nature gave you, dental implants come awfully close, in both form and function.

How long do dental implants last?

Your adult teeth are designed to last a lifetime, but life happens, forcing you to find an alternative. If this alternative is a dental implant, you can expect the artificial tooth to finish the job.

When Dr. Lewis-Heywood places the post into your jaw, it becomes a part of your overall bone structure. While you may need to replace the crown after excessive wear and tear, she simply places the new crown over your post.

If you’d like to learn more about dental implants, please call Riverside Dental Health or use the online scheduling tool.