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.
Natural teeth have two parts: a crown and a root. The crown is the part that performs all the necessary biting and chewing while the hidden root is firmly joined with the jawbone. Most dental prosthetics will only replace the crowns of the teeth without addressing the absence of the roots. That is where dental implants come in. These thin titanium posts act as new roots for individual crowns as well as dental bridges and even full dentures.
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.
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.
You can lose a tooth at any time due to decay or an injury. Before it is removed or shortly after it is 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.
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 in your upper jaw 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. Normal bridges rest on natural teeth, but we can avoid making permanent changes to the existing dental structure if implants are used instead.
With 4 or more implants, we can replace all the teeth on the upper jaw, the lower jaw, or both with comfortable, dazzling dentures. Our practice uses the Hybridge protocol for dental implants to help patients that have lost a full arch of teeth. The Hybridge 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.
The dental implant process isn’t always as straightforward as we’d like it to be. Sometimes the natural teeth are still in the mouth and need to be removed to make room for the implants; other times, the jaw might have already started to melt away. And of course, we’ll have to check your mouth as thoroughly as possible to avoid unexpected issues when it comes time to perform the surgery. Thanks to the experience of our doctors and the tools at their disposal, we have plenty of ways to ensure implants are a viable option for as many patients as possible.
Part of your first consultation will be figuring out the overall cost of the implant process. We’ll need to determine how many implants you need, the kind of prosthetic tooth you’ll get, and the different steps of the process (which might or might not include bone grafting and similar procedures) before giving you a price. Check your dental insurance benefits before arriving at our office; your carrier might not pay for the actual posts, but they could still cover certain related treatments.