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Everything About Dental Implants

October 15, 2022
Posted By: Antelope Creek Family Dentistry
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A dental implant is a marvel of modern technology, but its ancestral roots stretch back two and a half thousand years to the invention of the humble mechanical thread. A Greek named Archytas of Tarentum recognized the usefulness of a threaded post, which could press olive oil, move water uphill, but most vitally, could hold itself in place where a smooth peg would slip out.

Fast forward to today's dental offices, and the threaded post has become the foundation for all dental implant technology, largely considered the gold standard for tooth replacement. At Antelope Creek Family Dentistry, we provide dental implants in Lincoln, NE to replace lost teeth.

What Is A Dental Implant?

Dental implants consist of three major parts. From top to bottom, these are the implant post, or artificial root, the implant abutment, and the visible part, which is usually a dental crown when your implant replaces a single tooth.

Your implant's foundation is a thin threaded post that our implant dentist places in your jawbone. This artificial root is made from titanium, a durable metal that is also compatible with your natural tissues. After implantation, this titanium post heals and becomes fused with your jawbone. After a few weeks or months, it will be as stable as the healthiest tooth in your mouth.

We attach your implant abutment to the titanium post, and its unique structure provides a connector for your dental crown. This final restoration has the look and feel of a natural tooth but is made from durable porcelain, which resists stains and tooth decay.

What to Expect When Getting Dental Implants in Lincoln

The first thing to expect when considering a dental implant is a thorough examination to determine if your oral and jawbone health can support the procedure. Our Lincoln, NE dentists use leading-edge imaging technology to plan the exact location of your implant, and we may complete the outpatient surgical procedure with just a local anesthetic.

After you've healed from surgery, you can expect the abutment procedure to be straightforward with a short recovery period. Then, finally, we will produce and place your dental crown, and your dental implant will be complete.

Choose Antelope Creek Family Dentistry for Your Implant Dentist in Lincoln

Though rooted in history, your dental implant represents a long list of technological advancements in the replacement of missing teeth. If you'd like to learn more about how dental implants may restore your smile, please contact Antelope Creek Family Dentistry on Normal Blvd or 40th St in Lincoln, NE today!

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