Dental Implants in Lincoln, NE
Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth or dentures. Unlike dentures and bridges, implants are attached to your jawbone. The implant looks and feels like your natural teeth, so you can eat your favorite foods again, smile with confidence and have the healthy beautiful smile you deserve. Candidates for dental implants need to have healthy gum tissue and adequate bone to support the implant. If you are interested in finding out if dental implants are a good alternative for you, please contact us to schedule a no-obligation appointment.
What Are Dental Implants?
First, let’s take a quick look at what dental implants are made of. Dental implants are generally comprised of the following three pieces:
- Titanium Fixture: The titanium fixture is the first part to be embedded into the jawbone. It anchors the entire implant in place and serves as an artificial tooth root.
- Abutment: This piece is affixed to the titanium fixture, mimicking a cap on top of the fixture.
- Restoration: The restoration is another name for the crown that is placed on top of the abutment. It’s the finishing piece that will appear like a real tooth to the casual observer. Dr. Hoffman will work hard to ensure that your implant looks and feels real, from the shape to the shade of the restoration.
Dental implants offer a plethora of benefits for patients like you with missing teeth. Dental implants can be cleaned the same way that you would clean your natural teeth, and osseointegration is the fusion process that is unique only to titanium instruments and human bone. Through the combination of a stable fixture and abutment, and the craftsmanship of a customized crown, your dental implant will look just like your other teeth.
If a patient is missing a full arch or close to a full arch of teeth, single dental implants may not be enough to cover it. That’s where implant-supported dentures come in: these unique dental devices combine both a denture and implant fixtures in order to restore your smile to it’s brilliant state.
Qualifying for dental implants is not as arduous as you may think. It all starts with the patient’s needs: How many teeth are they missing? What type of dental implant will fit them best? Do they have the jawbone volume to support the implant(s)?
Patients choose dental implants for a number of different reasons, such as:
- Replacing one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth
- Resolving joint pain or bite problems caused by shifting teeth
- Restoring a patient’s confident smile
- Restoring chewing, speech, and digestion
- Restoring or enhancing facial issues
- Supporting a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable
Do they also have problems with tooth decay or gum disease? These questions and more are answered during your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Hoffman.
The dental implant placement process takes place over multiple visits, with a general timeline of events that occur for the average implant patient. Every step will be completed here in-office, from the placement of the fixture, to the customized crown.
Is Getting a Dental Implant Painful?
Getting a dental implant at our Lincoln office is completely pain and worry-free. We’ll apply a local anesthetic to numb the area around the surgical site so you won’t feel a thing. Dr. Hoffman can also offer you a sedative to help you feel comfortable throughout the implant process. It’s safe, effective, and allows you to feel at ease while we complete your new, beautiful smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do dental implants last?
With proper care, your dental implants can last a lifetime. However, the restoration may need to be replaced with normal wear and tear. To improve the lifespan of your new smile, we recommend scheduling biannual visits and professional cleanings at our Lincoln office so we can ensure you’re in the best oral health and your dental implants are in excellent condition.
To improve the longevity of your dental implants, we also recommend avoiding smoking and treating any issues with teeth grinding. You’ll also want to be sure to avoid plaque buildup which can lead to an infection and cause issues with your dental implant.
Who are the best candidates for dental implants?
An ideal candidate for dental implants will have one or more missing teeth and good overall oral health. During your consultation, Dr. Hoffman will examine your teeth and gums to ensure you’re free of gum disease and have sufficient bone density.
Insufficient bone density is a major cause of implant failure. With our advanced technology, we can properly screen candidates to improve the chances of a successful outcome.
How much do dental implants cost?
The price for dental implants varies depending on your specific needs and the details of your surgery such as how many implants you need. For a more accurate price, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Hoffman. During the consultation, he’ll review your oral health and provide you with a customized treatment plan that will include a breakdown of the cost.
Insurance may cover a portion of the expenses. We recommend contacting your provider prior to your appointment for more information on your specific coverage. If there are any questions we can answer, don’t hesitate to call our Lincoln office at (402) 486-0825, and a knowledgeable team member will be happy to assist you.
Can dentures be made into implants?
Dentures need special hardware that allows them to attach to implants, so your current dentures can’t be made into implants. However, customized dentures can be made and affixed to implants for a more stable restoration.
For more information on dental implant procedures, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hoffman by calling (402) 486-0825. During the consultation, he’ll review your oral health and provide you with a customized treatment plan to fit your needs.