If you have missing teeth, you are not alone; tooth loss affects millions of Americans every year. When you have missing teeth, it can affect how we chew, speak, and interact with others. Fortunately, dental implants are a reliable solution to replace missing teeth with realistic prosthetics. Not only do dental implants replace missing teeth, but they also promote bone health and provide support to your facial structures.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial, permanent replacements used to replace missing teeth and restore your smile’s appearance and function. As early as 2000 BCE, early versions of dental implants were used in ancient China to replace missing teeth. Of course, the materials they used then are very different from what we use now. Modern dentistry has allowed us to create the most reliable and realistic dental implants than ever before.
Unlike many dentures or bridges, dental implants are permanent, and they act independently, just like your natural teeth. They do not rely on surrounding teeth to remain fixed in the mouth.
Customized Dental Implants in Lincoln, NE
Every smile is unique, so dental implants vary from patient to patient. Our Lincoln, NE dental office provides solutions for all of the following dental needs:
- Single tooth replacement
- Anterior teeth replacement
- Posterior teeth replacement
- All upper and/or lower teeth replacement
The dental implant process can take several months to complete, from the initial consultation to placing the implant and fully recovering from the procedure. We do not place implants at Antelope Creek Family Dentistry, but we do provide top-of-the-line, customized prosthetics. We will also refer you to an experienced and skillful oral surgeon or periodontist to perform the procedure.
What Does the Process Involve?
Dental implants consist of a titanium post, an artificial tooth (crown), and an abutment (a post) that secures the crown to the implant. Once the implant is surgically placed in the gums, it naturally fuses to the jawbone over several months, a process called osseointegration.
Once the implant is installed in the jaw, the healing process begins; and it typically takes three to six months to heal fully. For your comfort and convenience, we can provide you with a temporary crown until you’re fully healed, and we can add the crowns to the implant.
After you’re fully healed, we will place the abutment on the implant to serve as a base for your new tooth and take an impression to create an implant crown. When your permanent crown is ready, we’ll call you to schedule another appointment with us so we can secure the crown to the abutment and complete your smile.
The dentists at Antelope Creek Family Dentistry use the trusted, state-of-the-art dental lab Dental Designs to fabricate our high-quality restorations. Dental Designs only uses ADA-approved materials approved by the American Dental Association. The lab also provides on-site consultations for more complex cases.
Restore Your Smile Today!
Missing teeth can detract from your smile’s appearance and your self-confidence. At Antelope Creek Family Dentistry, we can help you restore your smile, oral health, and self-esteem. One of our skilled and experienced family dentists can design your new smile and refer you to a local, trusted periodontist or oral surgeon to place the implant. In time, your smile will look and feel natural and beautiful. If you’re ready to restore your smile, contact one of our Lincoln, NE offices today.
We can’t wait to help you rediscover your smile!