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Dental Implants — Lincoln, NE

The Best Way to Replace Your Missing Teeth

Lost teeth throw off the balance of your bite, limit your eating choices, hinder your speech, and allow the jawbone to break down over time. There are a few different options for filling in the new gaps in your smile, but dental implants are unquestionably the one type of restoration said to act just like your natural teeth, staying securely in place while preserving bone structure. Do you want to begin the implant process at Pioneer Periodontics & Implant Dentistry? Call our office today and schedule an appointment with Drs. Rutledge, Le, Bradley, or Killeen for tooth replacement using dental implants in Lincoln, NE.

Older man and woman smiling together after dental implant tooth replacement

Why Choose Pioneer Periodontics & Implant Dentistry For Dental Implants?

  • Convenient Start-to-Finish Treatment All Under 1 Roof
  • Team of Compassionate Specialists with Years of Experience
  • Your Health & Satisfaction Are Our Main Priorities

What Are Dental Implants?

Animated parts of dental implant replacement tooth

Natural teeth have two parts: a crown and a root. The crown is the part that you can see and performs all the necessary biting and chewing. Meanwhile, the hidden root underneath is responsible for its stability in the jawbone. Most dental prosthetics such as traditional dentures or dental bridges will only replace the crowns. Since they don’t replace the missing root structure, they leave much to be desired when compared to natural teeth. That is where dental implants come in. These small titanium posts act as tooth root replacements, creating a strong and reliable foundation for the crown, bridge, or denture it supports.

What Is the Process of Getting Dental Implants?

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You don’t receive dental implants in just one visit; it’s a multi-stage process that’s quite unlike that of getting dentures or a dental bridge. First, you’ll visit us for a consultation, where we’ll discuss your goals for your smile, examine your mouth, and determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants. In some cases, we may need to plan for you to complete preliminary treatments such a gum disease therapy or a bone graft before moving forward. Once you’ve been given the green light, one of our specialists will perform your dental implant surgery right here in our Lincoln office by placing the dental implant(s) into your jawbone.  Several months later, your mouth should have healed enough for us to place your restoration, which could be a custom made crown, bridge, or denture.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Animated parts of dental implant replacement tooth

After the implant process is complete, you’ll be able to enjoy a set of comfortable, beautiful new teeth that look and feel like your old ones. Because implants are meant to fuse with the bone, they can be said to be a permanent solution to tooth loss (as opposed to traditional bridges and dentures that will wear down after 10 to 15 years). Eating and speaking will be much easier thanks to the stability of the posts, and the stimulation they provide your jaw will keep the bone strong.

Who Dental Implants Can Help

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The numerous advantages of dental implants make them the preferred choice of dentists and patients, but are they suitable for you? The procedure has a 95% success rate, but it could still fail if you don’t have enough bone in your jaw or suffer from gum disease; these conditions won’t necessarily prevent you from getting implants, but they will add a few preparatory steps to the process. Also, you should bear in mind that the surgery will be different depending on how many teeth have been lost.

Missing 1 Tooth

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You can lose a tooth at any time due to decay or an injury. Before it is removed or shortly after it goes missing, it is recommended to have the area assessed to determine the optimal time for implant replacement. Once the implant surgery has been completed, a process called osseointegration takes place; this basically means that the bone heals around the implant and fuses with it, making it part of the body from that point forward. A customized crown is placed after osseointegration is complete, which usually takes 3 months.

Missing Multiple Teeth

Animated parts of dental implant replacement tooth

You’ll receive one implant for a single crown, but the number of implants you need isn’t always equal to the number of teeth that are missing. For example, if four adjacent teeth are gone, we can place two implants to support a dental bridge – a special prosthetic made of two crowns and at least one false tooth. Traditional bridges rest on natural teeth, but we can avoid making permanent changes to the existing dental structure if implants are used instead.

Missing All Teeth

Animated parts of dental implant replacement tooth

With 4 or more implants, we can replace all the teeth on the upper jaw, the lower jaw, or both with comfortable, dazzling implant dentures. Our full arch dental implant restorations are made only out of the finest-quality materials and can last a lifetime with minimal maintenance. You’ll never have to worry about your new teeth slipping out of place, and you won’t have to avoid your favorite foods.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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Even if you’re a viable candidate for dental implants, you may be reluctant to ask about the procedure simply because you’re worried at the cost. At Pioneer Periodontics, we don’t want financial concerns to stop you from enjoying a strong, healthy, beautiful smile. If we believe dental implants are your best option, we’ll work with you to figure out the cost of the procedure and what you can do to fit it into your budget. You can call us today to schedule an initial consultation where you can receive an accurate estimate.

Types of Dental Implants

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Before we can determine the cost, we need to figure out what kind of dental implant treatment you’ll need. Some patients only have a single tooth that needs to be replaced while others have lost entire arches. Dental implants are extremely versatile; with the right number of posts, they can support a single crown, a dental bridge, or even full dentures. It goes without saying that the final cost of the treatment largely depends on these factors; one implant for a crown will not have the same price as four implants for dentures.

Are Dental Implants Worth the Investment?

Couple learning more about the cost of dental implants in Lincoln

Many patients don’t realize that despite having a higher price tag at the onset, dental implants are actually the more cost-effective option compared to other forms of tooth replacement. They can last for decades and sometimes the rest of your life, meaning you won’t have to pay for repairs or replacements as often as you would for a more traditional restoration. Furthermore, implants help preserve the bone in your jaw, thus helping prevent additional tooth loss and other oral health problems. For these reasons, dental implants are often considered a long-term investment that’s definitely worthwhile.

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

Dental insurance paperwork for the cost of dental implants in Lincoln

That depends on what insurance you have. Many companies consider the implants themselves to fall under the category of cosmetic treatment and thus won’t help pay for them; that said, they’ll often help pay for bone grafts or other treatments related to the implant process. If you schedule a consultation, we can help you figure out what percentage of the treatment your insurance will help pay for.

Advanced Dental Implant Procedures

Lincoln implant dentist looking at implant restorations

Dental implants are far from new; they were first used in 1969, and since then a lot of research has been dedicated to perfecting them. As a result, several procedures have been developed to help more patients enjoy them. Has your jaw started to deteriorate or shrink away since you’ve lost your teeth? Do you still have a tooth that needs to be removed? At Pioneer Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, Drs. Rutledge, Le, and Bradley have the modern solutions you need. Call us today to set up a consultation and learn about advanced dental implant procedures in Lincoln, NE.

3D Imaging

Patient getting 3D imaging for dental implants in Lincoln

Some implant placements are more complex than others. The post needs to be inserted into the bone in just the right spot in the jaw to avoid nerve damage or other issues. Oftentimes the margin for error is very small, which is why 3D imaging is often an invaluable tool. Using a special cone beam X-ray machine, we can closely examine the mouth, teeth, and jaw, giving us a complete understanding of your anatomy to aid in successful diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.

Tooth Extractions

Closeup of forceps holding tooth after tooth extraction in Lincoln

There’s no need to wait until a tooth falls out due to decay or trauma. If we decide that you’d be better off with an implant-supported prosthetic, we can perform one or more tooth extractions before the implant surgery. This is often necessary if you need implant dentures, as there could still be multiple teeth left in the arch in question. We may be able to immediately place an implant following an extraction in specific situations.

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Ridge Preservation

Closeup of patient with missing tooth before ridge preservation in Lincoln

While we can try and restore lost density to the jaw, the implant process will be much easier if bone loss never occurs in the first place. Ridge preservation lets us reduce the degeneration that occurs after an extraction so that there will still be plenty of bone height and width available when you’re ready for implant surgery. A bone graft is placed into the socket of the tooth that was taken out so that it can help preserve the bone and tissue.

Bone Regeneration

Diagram of dental implants after bone regeneration in Lincoln

Once a tooth is lost, the area of the jaw where it was located will no longer receive the benefits of biting and chewing. This signals to the rest of the body that the bone in this area isn’t needed anymore, which is why it breaks down. However, your body can produce new bone tissue under the right circumstances. A bone regeneration procedure is meant to encourage bone growth of the degenerated area by placing a bone graft at the site and stimulating cells to regrow bone in the area.

Bone Grafting

Before and after illustration of bone grafting in Lincoln

A bone grafting procedure takes donor bone from either another part of your body, a cadaver, or an animal and surgically inserts it into your mouth, where it eventually becomes part of the rest of the jaw. Not only can this help reverse bone loss, but it can also be used to build up a ridge that’s simply too thin to support implants. A type of bone graft called a sinus lift can be used to move the sinus cavity away from a potential implant site near the back of the upper jaw.

Sinus Lifts

Diagram of dental implant after sinus lift in Lincoln

In the upper jaw where the maxillary sinus may impose a height limitation for implant placement, a sinus lift can be completed to increase the height of the bone. Instruments are used to lift the sinus membrane and a bone graft is placed into the area to increase the bone height. The bone placed will over time become your own bone. This can be completed simultaneously with implant placement or may need to be done before implant surgery depending on how much bone height there is initially.

Dental Implant FAQs

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Do you have questions about the dental implant process? Our team at Pioneer Periodontics is happy to address your concerns and equip you with the information necessary to make the best decisions for your oral health. Below, we’ve compiled some of the most common questions that we get about dental implants in Lincoln, along with our answers.

Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?

Many patients come to us wanting to restore their smile with dental implants, but they’re concerned about the procedure because they’ve never had an oral surgery before. Even though it may sound daunting, dental implant placement isn’t as painful as it may seem. Our periodontists will use a local anesthetic in the area that they’ll be treating before they begin the surgery, which will numb it completely, so you won’t feel an ounce of pain. Additionally, we offer sedation options to help even the most nervous or sensitive patients feel relaxed and at-ease while we rebuild their smile.

What Causes Dental Implant Failure?

The dental implant treatment boasts an impressive 98 percent success rate. However, dental implant failure does happen if patients aren’t careful. When it does happen, it typically occurs when there’s an issue between the implant and the jawbone. If an infection develops, known as peri-implantitis, it could keep them from completing this process. To keep this from happening, we recommend that patients who are considering getting dental implants quit smoking and consuming alcohol leading up to their treatment. We also ask that you inform us of any autoimmune disorders that you may have that could affect your healing process after the surgery.

Why Should I Get Dental Implants from a Periodontist Instead of a General Dentist?

Periodontists are experts in saving smiles affected by oral health problems like gum disease. This makes them the ideal specialists to receive dental implants from. Not only are they able to provide you with a keen eye for detail throughout the process, but they’re also able to conduct the dental implant placement themselves, along with other advanced preparatory procedures like tooth extractions and bone grafting.

A general dentist may not have the advanced training or skills necessary to complete the entire treatment process under one roof, making you travel to a specialist and then back to their practice.