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Antelope Creek Family Dentistry

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Still have questions about what Antelope Creek Family Dentistry has to offer? Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more! If you still have questions about our practice, dental team, or services, please call us and one of our friendly care team members will be happy to help you. 

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Our team at Antelope Creek Family Dentistry strives to make every appointment fun and comfortable for our patients. If you haven’t visited the dentist in a long time, or ever, here is what you can expect for your first appointment at our Lincoln dental office:

A Warm Welcome 

Every patient who walks through our doors receives a warm and friendly welcome. We treat each patient like we would treat our own familywith the utmost respect and consideration! Once you come into our office, we will ask you to fill out any forms, if you haven’t done so already online. 

One of our staff members will also compile your medical and dental histories during your first visit. You can then sit in our comfortable lobby and enjoy watching TV until it’s time for us to call you back to one of our treatment rooms.

Your First Dental Exam

The dentist will greet you in the treatment room and discuss your oral health and any concerns you may have. We will perform a comprehensive oral exam, including examining your teeth and gums, an oral cancer screening, and digital x-rays of your teeth.

Together, you and the dentist will then develop a customized treatment plan to meet your specific needs and desires. We also utilize the most state-of-the-art technology available to ensure you receive optimum results!

A Gentle and Thorough Teeth Cleaning

If there is time or if you are comfortable, we can perform a thorough dental cleaning. One of our hygienists will gently remove plaque buildup from your teeth, cleaning all the hard-to-reach spaces to reduce the risk of cavity development. The hygienist will also polish your teeth so you can leave our dental office with a fresh and radiant smile.

If you’re ready to schedule your first dental visit, please contact us today! 

Cosmetic Dentistry

Years ago, crowns were made of metal and had porcelain fused onto the surface. The part of the crown that met the original tooth was still metal, causing this dark line near the gumline. We now place full porcelain crowns so you will never have a dark line! 

Yes! Drs. Svoboda, Treat, and Hedlund can offer you a smile makeover, as seen on the popular TV show Extreme Makeovers. Using crowns, bridges, veneers, and sometimes a full-mouth restoration, they can give you the perfect, white smile you have always dreamed of having. 

If your teeth are discolored, crooked, chipped, or missing, then you may be benefit from cosmetic dentistry in Lincoln, NE. Cosmetic dentistry is ideal for patients who want a more attractive smile with immediate and reliable results.

Antelope Creek Family Dentistry provides various effective, smile-enhancing cosmetic treatments, including:

#1 Tooth-Colored Fillings

Say goodbye to unsightly metal fillings! Tooth-colored fillings repair damaged teeth and give them the makeover they deserve with durable material that matches your smile’s natural color.

#2 Porcelain Veneers

Resistant to stains, porcelain veneers can conceal minor smile flaws, including crooked teeth, gaps, broken teeth, and stained teeth. Porcelain veneers closely resemble natural teeth in feel, function, and appearance, so your smile will look beautiful and refreshed.

#3 Cosmetic Dental Bonding 

Cosmetic dental bonding repairs teeth that have been chipped, cracked, broken, or otherwise damaged from disease, decay, or injury. Your dentist uses durable, realistic, long-lasting composite resin to reshape and rebuild a damaged tooth so you can enjoy a restored and attractive smile. 

#4 Crowns and Bridges

Our crowns and bridges are customized to fit your smile, complement your facial features, and blend in seamlessly with more comfort than ever before. Our crowns and bridges are designed to match the shade of your natural teeth so you can enjoy a healthier, more beautiful smile with confidence.  

#5 Clear, Removable Braces 

We can help you straighten crooked teeth and align your smile with ClearCorrect and Invisalign. Both of these advanced orthodontic systems gently and gradually shift your teeth into position with discretion and comfortability. With Invisalign or ClearCorrect invisible braces, you can finally achieve the perfectly straight smile you have always wanted!

Ready for Your New and Improved Smile?

If you are ready to learn more about our cosmetic dentistry services, please contact us and schedule your consultation today!

Drs. Svoboda, Treat, and Hedlund are able to replace old, broken-down, dark amalgam or mercury fillings with tooth-colored, natural-looking white composite filings.

Our cosmetic dentists are skilled in the artistry of cosmetic dental care. We want our patients to have the opportunity to receive exceptional treatment that fits within their budget. Though we cannot give an exact price for treatment without first seeing a patient, we do offer various financial options. 

Cost of Cosmetic Dentistry Varies

The cost of cosmetic dentistry treatments varies depending on several factors, including:

  • Complexity of your unique case
  • Materials used (i.e., porcelain, zirconia)
  • Location or placement of treatment (i.e., bridges)
  • Number of materials (i.e., veneer shells, crowns)

Whatever your aesthetic needs and goals for your smile may be, our team at Antelope Creek Family Dentistry can help you find an affordable solution.

Affordable Cosmetic Dentistry in Lincoln, NE

Antelope Creek Family Dentistry never wants you to miss out on dental treatment because of financial reasons. That's why we offer various options for affordable dental care. 

We Accept Dental Insurance 

Sometimes, dental health insurance can cover cosmetic dentistry treatments, but it depends on your specific plan. However, our team can help you better understand your coverage, and we can also make a claim on your behalf to see if the treatment will be covered.

We Offer a Special, In-House Membership Plan

If you do not have dental health insurance, we provide a special savings program, called The Antelope Creek Family Dentistry Membership Plan, so our patients can still receive dental treatment at an affordable price.

Our membership plan includes discounts on preventive dental care, as well as cosmetic treatments like veneers. We also accept various payment options, including CareCredit. 

Please see our Financial page for more detailed information about our payment options and our membership plan. 

If you have any questions about the cost of treatments, insurance, or other financial options, please call us today! We will be happy to help you receive the high-quality, affordable dentistry you deserve. 

Requiring braces depend on the severity of your orthodontic problems. If your teeth are slightly crooked or have minor gaps between your teeth, these problems can be eliminated with ClearCorrect removable braces, Invisalign clear aligners, porcelain veneers, or dental bonding.

If you have serious orthodontic problems, we can refer you to an orthodontist and see what options are available.

#1 ClearCorrect Removable Braces

ClearCorrect is an innovative orthodontic alternative to traditional metal braces. ClearCorrect uses custom-made, clear, plastic trays to gradually move misaligned teeth into position.

#2 Invisalign Clear Aligners

Invisalign is a world-renowned orthodontic system used to straighten crooked teeth. With a track record of transforming millions of smiles since 1997, Invisalign is a reliable, low-stress alternative to fixed orthodontics. In as little as six months, you can achieve straighter teeth with Invisalign.

#3 Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers can conceal a multitude of aesthetic flaws in your smile. In addition to reinforcing a broken tooth’s strength and appearance, veneers can also make crooked or gapped teeth look more uniform. Veneers are placed on the tooth’s surface and can be shaped and spaced evenly, immediately giving you a more symmetrical smile.

#4 Dental Bonding

Dental bonding can cover slight imperfections, including crooked or gapped teeth. Your dentist molds, shapes, and polishes the bonding to match your natural smile and improve the appearance of your teeth. Dental bonding is a durable, tooth-colored material that directly adheres to the tooth, or teeth, and it can last for many years.

Avoid the Hassle of Metal Braces with Cosmetic Dentistry

Our cosmetic dentistry treatments can give you a straighter smile without using unsightly or uncomfortable metal braces. Contact us today to learn more about your options, and how we can help you get a more uniform, beautiful smile. 

Dental Implants

Do you have gaps in your smile? Maybe you've done some research or heard of different tooth replacement methods worth consideration. However, some still require quite a bit of work compared to the usual brushing and flossing necessary for regular teeth. Luckily, a tooth replacement method called dental implants provides patients with an incredibly natural tooth replacement solution requiring the same oral upkeep as existing teeth.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Depending on the patient's gums and jawbone condition, dental implants can last for years or permanently for some. Visiting your dentist for a consultation can shed light on how a dental implant treatment could help your smile.

Dental Implants in Lincoln, NE

We proudly offer dental implants to our patients in Lincoln and the surrounding areas to restore a sense of normalcy to their smiles.

A dental implant generally consists of a biocompatible implant (made of titanium) placed directly into the jawbone, creating a solid, long-term foundation for a custom dental crown resembling a natural tooth. After a successful procedure, we offer our patients advice on caring for their new dental implants and maximizing their effectiveness.

Contact Our Dental Office in Lincoln, NE

If you are ready to restore your full, bright smile, dental implants might be the key to closing the gaps left by missing teeth and achieving excellent oral health along the way. For more information, you can book an appointment online or call one of our offices here in Lincoln to get started!

General Dentistry

The American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a check-up and professional cleaning. Our dentist also recommends a minimum of two visits per year, depending on your unique smile. 

At your regular dental visits, you can expect our team to provide you with the following: 

#1 A thorough oral examination 

Your dentist checks your teeth, gums, tongue, throat, and other oral structures and soft tissues for any irregularities or signs of disease. An oral exam also allows your dentist to monitor your overall oral health, determine if you need treatment, and diagnose any problems early before they have a chance to develop.

#2 Dental x-rays, when needed

Digital dental x-rays help our team see below the surface of your smile so we can check for any signs of decay or disease. The signs of certain dental health conditions, such as cavities or gum disease, are not always visible to the naked eye until they progress and get worse. Digital dental x-rays help us have a more detailed view of your oral health to prevent issues from occurring in the first place.  

#3 Oral cancer screening 

Your dentist checks your mouth for any abnormalities and discusses how to lower your risk of developing oral cancer.

#4 Teeth cleaning

Your hygienist will gently perform a thorough teeth cleaning to remove plaque buildup and tartar, which can cause cavities and lead to more serious oral health conditions. Regular teeth cleanings also help eliminate bad breath and keep your teeth looking strong and polished.

Schedule Your Exam Today! 

If you're ready to take charge of your oral health, contact our Lincoln dental office to schedule your dental visit and cleaning. We look forward to helping you on your journey to excellent dental health!

Requiring braces depend on the severity of your orthodontic problems. If your teeth are slightly crooked or have minor gaps between your teeth, these problems can be eliminated with ClearCorrect removable braces, Invisalign clear aligners, porcelain veneers, or dental bonding.

If you have serious orthodontic problems, we can refer you to an orthodontist and see what options are available.

#1 ClearCorrect Removable Braces

ClearCorrect is an innovative orthodontic alternative to traditional metal braces. ClearCorrect uses custom-made, clear, plastic trays to gradually move misaligned teeth into position.

#2 Invisalign Clear Aligners

Invisalign is a world-renowned orthodontic system used to straighten crooked teeth. With a track record of transforming millions of smiles since 1997, Invisalign is a reliable, low-stress alternative to fixed orthodontics. In as little as six months, you can achieve straighter teeth with Invisalign.

#3 Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers can conceal a multitude of aesthetic flaws in your smile. In addition to reinforcing a broken tooth’s strength and appearance, veneers can also make crooked or gapped teeth look more uniform. Veneers are placed on the tooth’s surface and can be shaped and spaced evenly, immediately giving you a more symmetrical smile.

#4 Dental Bonding

Dental bonding can cover slight imperfections, including crooked or gapped teeth. Your dentist molds, shapes, and polishes the bonding to match your natural smile and improve the appearance of your teeth. Dental bonding is a durable, tooth-colored material that directly adheres to the tooth, or teeth, and it can last for many years.

Avoid the Hassle of Metal Braces with Cosmetic Dentistry

Our cosmetic dentistry treatments can give you a straighter smile without using unsightly or uncomfortable metal braces. Contact us today to learn more about your options, and how we can help you get a more uniform, beautiful smile. 

Our team at Antelope Creek Family Dentistry strives to make every appointment fun and comfortable for our patients. If you haven’t visited the dentist in a long time, or ever, here is what you can expect for your first appointment at our Lincoln dental office:

A Warm Welcome 

Every patient who walks through our doors receives a warm and friendly welcome. We treat each patient like we would treat our own familywith the utmost respect and consideration! Once you come into our office, we will ask you to fill out any forms, if you haven’t done so already online. 

One of our staff members will also compile your medical and dental histories during your first visit. You can then sit in our comfortable lobby and enjoy watching TV until it’s time for us to call you back to one of our treatment rooms.

Your First Dental Exam

The dentist will greet you in the treatment room and discuss your oral health and any concerns you may have. We will perform a comprehensive oral exam, including examining your teeth and gums, an oral cancer screening, and digital x-rays of your teeth.

Together, you and the dentist will then develop a customized treatment plan to meet your specific needs and desires. We also utilize the most state-of-the-art technology available to ensure you receive optimum results!

A Gentle and Thorough Teeth Cleaning

If there is time or if you are comfortable, we can perform a thorough dental cleaning. One of our hygienists will gently remove plaque buildup from your teeth, cleaning all the hard-to-reach spaces to reduce the risk of cavity development. The hygienist will also polish your teeth so you can leave our dental office with a fresh and radiant smile.

If you’re ready to schedule your first dental visit, please contact us today! 

Orthodontic Clear Aligners

The short answer is: it depends on the patient. As with any dental treatment, there is not a general timeline placed on treatments. Each treatment is specific to the patient, and since each patient has unique needs, no two treatments are the same. 

Generally, dentists who provide clear aligner orthodontics advise patients to wear their aligner trays 20-22 hours each day. Fortunately, aligner trays are removable, making oral hygiene and enjoying your favorite meals much more manageable.

But this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t remove them just because, though you do have the freedom to do so. Just remember, you must wear the aligners consistently for them to work their magic. 

What Are Clear Aligners?

Clear aligners are innovative orthodontic systems that straighten teeth and correct mild malocclusions faster than traditional metal braces. Clear aligners, also called invisible braces, are made from strong but flexible plastic trays that fit over your teeth. 

How Do Clear Aligners Work?

Patients wear their aligner trays in a series. Every two weeks, you receive a new, slightly more snug set of aligner trays in the series. Most treatment lengths vary between 12 to 18 months. However, your specific treatment plan may be shorter or longer, depending on your oral health needs and orthodontic goals. 

Throughout your treatment, your dentist will see you for regularly-scheduled visits to check your progress. Unlike traditional braces, clear aligners only require appointments every few months. 

Clear Braces in Lincoln, NE

Do you want straighter teeth and a healthier smile? Please give us a call today to learn more about clear aligners in Lincoln, NE.

Requiring braces depend on the severity of your orthodontic problems. If your teeth are slightly crooked or have minor gaps between your teeth, these problems can be eliminated with ClearCorrect removable braces, Invisalign clear aligners, porcelain veneers, or dental bonding.

If you have serious orthodontic problems, we can refer you to an orthodontist and see what options are available.

#1 ClearCorrect Removable Braces

ClearCorrect is an innovative orthodontic alternative to traditional metal braces. ClearCorrect uses custom-made, clear, plastic trays to gradually move misaligned teeth into position.

#2 Invisalign Clear Aligners

Invisalign is a world-renowned orthodontic system used to straighten crooked teeth. With a track record of transforming millions of smiles since 1997, Invisalign is a reliable, low-stress alternative to fixed orthodontics. In as little as six months, you can achieve straighter teeth with Invisalign.

#3 Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers can conceal a multitude of aesthetic flaws in your smile. In addition to reinforcing a broken tooth’s strength and appearance, veneers can also make crooked or gapped teeth look more uniform. Veneers are placed on the tooth’s surface and can be shaped and spaced evenly, immediately giving you a more symmetrical smile.

#4 Dental Bonding

Dental bonding can cover slight imperfections, including crooked or gapped teeth. Your dentist molds, shapes, and polishes the bonding to match your natural smile and improve the appearance of your teeth. Dental bonding is a durable, tooth-colored material that directly adheres to the tooth, or teeth, and it can last for many years.

Avoid the Hassle of Metal Braces with Cosmetic Dentistry

Our cosmetic dentistry treatments can give you a straighter smile without using unsightly or uncomfortable metal braces. Contact us today to learn more about your options, and how we can help you get a more uniform, beautiful smile. 

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep condition that requires treatment. If you’re diagnosed with sleep apnea, it means you cease breathing several times during the night. Over time this can lead to high blood pressure, sudden stroke, heart health issues, and organ complications.

Sleep Apnea Treatment in Lincoln, NE

Your dentist in Lincoln, NE offers sleep apnea treatment to restore restful and safe sleep.

Symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Snoring
  • Dry throat
  • Sore throat
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Mood changes
  • Blood pressure elevation

Sleep apnea has also been associated with a condition called bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding). Bruxism can cost you your teeth and interfere with life quality—neck, head, and shoulder pain.

Treatment for sleep apnea includes the CPAP machine, which is difficult or impossible for some patients to get used to. Fortunately, our dentist offers alternative treatment in Lincoln.

Appliance therapy is a small and comfortable oral device worn during sleep. It is lightweight and packs easily for travel. The device fits over the teeth and keeps your airway open as you sleep.

Do You Suspect Sleep Apnea?

Talk to us about a take-home sleep monitor to help diagnose this condition. However, if you’ve already been diagnosed, talk to our dentist about appliance therapy today. We’ll arrange a consultation to determine whether a sleep appliance is right for you.

Sleep apnea is a condition where a person's sleep is disrupted by irregular and erratic breathing patterns. It can seriously negatively impact your sleep, which causes related health problems.

Sleep Apnea Has Many Factors

Sleep apnea affects people of all ages, but the risk is increased by the following:

  • Obesity 
  • Nasal congestion
  • Cigarette smoking 
  • Genetic factors in nasal shape
  • Alcohol or night-time medications
  • Hormone abnormalities

Sleep apnea can occur for several different reasons, but you need an evaluation to know for sure.

Types of Sleep Apnea 

There are two main types of sleep apnea: obstructive and central sleep apnea.

  1. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs as a physical problem with your airway, causing temporary lapses in breathing. 
  2. Central sleep apnea (CSA) is a neural condition related to your brain's ability to control respiration, leading to irregular breathing.

You may also have a combination of the two types.

Antelope Creek Family Dentistry dentists can help you determine the most effective treatment for your specific sleep apnea. We can help patients of all types. If you suspect you have sleep apnea, give us a call for effective treatment so you may experience a good night's sleep again.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

For several decades silver fillings were the standard restoration for dental cavities. Today, many dental professionals, including your dentist in Lincoln, NE, rely on tooth-colored fillings for several reasons.

  • Tooth-colored fillings are aesthetically pleasing but still work beautifully.
  • Tooth-colored fillings do not contain mercury, which is a preference for some patients.

While the mercury contained in fillings has been deemed safe by professionals, patients often feel more at ease with composite resin, which makes up the tooth-colored option. Some patients even have older silver fillings removed and replaced with the white or tooth-colored variety.

Tooth-colored fillings can be colored to blend with your untreated teeth. And we can repurpose composite to conceal tooth flaws through a method called dental bonding.

For these reasons, tooth-colored fillings may be better than silver.

Of course, no cavities are better still!

To lower your risks for tooth decay and gum disease, visit our dentist regularly for exams and teeth cleanings, and be sure to brush and floss at least twice each day.

For Tooth-Colored Fillings in Lincoln, NE, Give Us a Call

If you have old or broken fillings you’d like to replace or if you suspect a dental cavity, reach out to our team to schedule an appointment.

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