Dental implants are as close as you’re going to get to natural, healthy teeth. Dental implants allow you to live life as you see fit, confidently smiling, eating and talking as you enjoy your daily activities without the worry of your teeth. Here at Korte Family Dentistry, we want to help you achieve that perfect, healthy smile with dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Implants are metal frames or posts our dentist in Lincoln, NE, Dr. Allen Korte, surgically positions beneath your gums into your jawbone. Once in place, the dentist can then go on to mount replacement teeth on them.
According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, dental implants are the only option of dental restoration that will preserve your natural bone and even help to stimulate bone growth. This may be why three million individuals in the U.S. have turned to dental implants and this number is growing annually by 500,000.
There are generally three parts to dental implants:
The implant: Permanently attached to your jaw, the implant is the screw that will serve as your new tooth’s root.
The abutment: This is the permanent connector (removable by the dentist) that will support and hold your tooth or set of teeth.
The prosthetic tooth (crown): This is the only part of your tooth you’ll be able to see. It’s typically made of porcelain or zirconium for good lucks and durability.
Benefits of Dental Implants
There are various benefits of dental implants, such as:
Enhanced appearance: Dental implants feel and look like your own natural teeth. And since they’re made to fuse with bone, they’re permanent.
Improved comfort: Since they become a part of you, dental implants decrease the discomfort of removable dentures.
Better speech: Your dentures can slip inside your mouth when they’re poor-fitting and this can cause you to slur or mumble your words. It can also cause you embarrassment. With implants, you won’t have to worry about your teeth slipping so you can talk and eat confidently.
Simpler eating: When your dentures slide around, it can make it difficult to chew. Dental implants work like your own natural teeth and allow you to eat any food without pain and with confidence.
Enhanced self-esteem: Implants bring your smile back, boosting your self-esteem and helping you to feel better about your smile.
Better oral health: Unlike a tooth-supported bridge, implants don’t require decreasing other teeth. Since neighboring teeth aren’t altered to support the dental implant, it leaves more of your natural teeth intact, which improves long-term oral health. It also improves oral hygiene, since individuals dental implants all you to access between your teeth easier.
Added convenience: With implants, you won’t have to worry about the embarrassing inconvenience of having to remove dentures to eat or clean as well as having to use messy adhesives to ensure they stay in place.
Advanced durability: Dental implants are extremely durable and last a long time. With proper care, many dental implants can last a lifetime.
Types of Dental Implants
There are two types of dental implants:
Endosteal (in the bone): Dentists commonly use this type of implant. They surgically place the implant into your jawbone using screws, blades or cylinders. Each dental implant will hold one or more prosthetic teeth. Generally, you’d use this type of implant as an alternative for removable dentures or bridges.
2Subperiosteal (on the bone): Our dentist will place these on top of your jaw and the metal framework’s posts will protrude through your gum to hold your prosthesis. Subperiosteal implants are used for individuals who have a minimal bone height or can’t wear conventional dentures.
Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Generally, you may be a good candidate for dental implants if you:
Have a full-grown jawbone
Have a single missing tooth or more
Have healthy oral tissues
Have enough bone to secure the dental implants or can have a bone graft
Don’t smoke tobacco
Are unwilling or unable to wear dentures
Are willing to make a commitment to a few months of the process
Don’t have health issues that could impact bone healing
What’s Involved in a Dental Implant Procedure?
Dental implants in Lincoln, NE is a procedure requiring a team effort between you and our dentist. We’ll consult with you to decide how and where we’ll place your dental implant. Depending on the type of implant you choose and your specific condition, we’ll come up with a plan of treatment to suit your needs, which may include one of the following:
Replace one tooth. If you have one tooth missing, we’ll replace it with one implant and a crown.
Replace more than one tooth. If you have a few teeth missing, we can replace them with an implant-support bridge.
Replace all your teeth. If all your teeth are missing, we can replace them with full dentures or an implant-supported full bridge.
Sinus augmentation. The quality and quantity of the bone we’ll place the implant is the key to the success of the implant. Traditionally, the upper back jaw has been a hard area to place dental implants successfully because of insufficient bone quality and quantity and because its close to the sinus. With sinus augmentation, we can address this issue by raising your sinus floor and developing bone for dental implant placement.
Ridge modification. Lower and upper jaw deformities can cause you to have an inadequate bone for placing implants. To address this issue, we’ll lift your gum away from the ridge, exposing the bony defect. We’ll then fill the defect with bone or a bone substitute, building up the ridge. This will increase your chance of a successful implant procedure that can last for years and improve your appearance.
During your consultation and planning stage, our dentist will examine the area in your mouth where he’ll be placing the implant. He’ll also look at dental imaging studies (CT scans, X-rays and/or panoramic films). He’ll assess the quantity and quality of your jawbone to determine if you require more bone in the area. Once he decides he can successfully place a dental implant in the desired site, you’ll come back to the office for the dental implant(s) procedure.
Post-Treatment Follow-Up Care
You’ll want to treat your dental implants like you would your natural teeth. This means daily brushing and flossing and visiting our office for regular checkups. The better care you take of your dental implants, the longer they’ll last.
Call Korte Family Dentistry to Set Up Your Dental Implants Appointment
If you’re interested in learning more about dental implants in Lincoln, NE and how they can improve your smile, give our office a call. Korte Family Dentistry has a friendly team that’s committed to providing you with outstanding, gentle and high-quality care. Set up your consultation appointment with Dr. Korte today.
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3901 Normal Blvd Suite 202
Lincoln, NE 68506