Dental implants are anchors made of titanium that are implanted into the jawbone to hold the replacement teeth in place. The implant is placed in the jawbone under the gum line, and then a crown is attached. Dental implants function, look, and feel like your natural teeth. They can support individual prosthetic teeth, bridges, or dentures. Dental implant restorations are also provided to people who have a fractured or loose implant that has to be replaced.
IS GETTING A DENTAL IMPLANT A GOOD OPTION FOR YOU?
A dental implant would be a good tooth replacement option for you if:
- You have lost one or more teeth
- You cannot chew or smile comfortably
- You are not happy with your dentures
- You have good overall health
- You have healthy gums and bones
- You have excellent oral hygiene habits, including the habit of brushing and flossing
- You follow regular dental examinations
If you are someone who is at a high risk of developing periodontal or gum disease, or if you are a smoker or have diabetes, you may not be eligible for dental implants. But, before coming to any conclusion, you need to meet a dentist to determine the right treatment for you.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS OF PLACING A DENTAL IMPLANT?
At first, the oral surgeon, which we will refer you to, places one or more implants into the jaw bone to precisely cover the location of the missing natural tooth. After placing the implants into the jaw bone, it will need time to heal, during which the bone will fuse with the implant in a process called “osseointegration.”
Once the implant is integrated, the Dentist takes the impressions or digital scans of the teeth and bite. These measurements are necessary to create a customized connector post or abutment and a crown. When the customized abutment and crown are ready, they are attached to the dental implant.
HOW SHOULD YOU CARE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?
You should give the same care as with natural teeth, including routine brushing, flossing, rinsing using an antibacterial mouthwash. Other tools like waterpiks and electric toothbrushes are helpful in caring for your new implant. You will also need to have regular dental checkups to make your implants last a lifetime.
Call us at 402-489-3115 or schedule an online appointment with Dr. Korte for a consultation at our office in Lincoln, NE.