Dental Implants and Their Benefits – Dr. Hoffman in Lincoln, NE
Here in Lincoln, NE, dental implants have helped countless patients to complete their smiles. While we are aware of the many benefits that implants can provide, over time our patients have relayed what they love most about their new artificial teeth. Below we’ve provided a list of the top benefits that dental implant patients have informed us about.
Dental implants are no short-term solution: they’re built to be long-lasting, easy to maintain, and biocompatible with your body. Patients can expect to have functioning dental implants for 10 years or more, depending on how often the implants are maintained.
Denture users know that removable partial dentures often need to be secured to neighboring teeth or by an adhesive. This is not always reliable, and can cause an awkward situation where the denture becomes loose or falls out during meals or speeches. With dental implants there are no such worries: they are secured through osseointegration, allowing patients to experience a level of stability not found in traditional dentures.
Dental implants are crafted to look and feel like real teeth, and this includes eating the foods you love as well. With dental implants, you no longer have to shy away from tough meats or crunchy snacks, but enjoy them confidently again. The titanium components of the implant work with your jawbone to keep it feeling as strong as a natural tooth.
Each dental implant is capped with a porcelain crown that is hand-crafted to mimic a real tooth. This crown also covers up the titanium components, hiding the main structure of the dental implant from the casual observer. Dental implants not only fill the gap in your smile, but also help patients retain that natural smile and improve their facial structure.
Improved Oral Health
One common side effect of tooth loss is jawbone depletion, but dental implants and osseointegration also improve the volume of the patient’s jaw and face. It reduces the signs of early aging in the jawline as well. Dental implants also have the added bonus of being impervious to cavities (tooth decay), since they are not made of organic materials, and prevent neighboring teeth from shifting out of place.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are the gold standard for replacing missing teeth, because with proper care, they can last a lifetime. Through a process called osseointegration, your bone will heal around the dental implant, resulting in a solid foundation with unmatched stability and durability.
In addition to following a regular oral hygiene routine, you’ll want to schedule biannual appointments at our Lincoln office where we’ll examine your oral health and the integrity of your dental implants. We can also recommend any treatments or tips on ways you can improve your oral health.
Can you eat steak with dental implants?
Yes, once the dental implant has fully healed, you can enjoy a normal diet without any restrictions. Best of all, you won’t have to worry about slippage when you’re eating and speaking.
If you have any questions about incorporating foods back into your diet, be sure to ask Dr. Hoffman at your next visit. You can also call our Lincoln office with any questions at (402) 486-0825, and a knowledgeable team member will be happy to assist you.
What are the disadvantages of getting dental implants?
Like many transformational procedures, dental implants require a commitment to achieve the desired results. Through a series of surgeries and procedures, you can expect the process to take about six months to complete.
While bridges and dentures are less invasive and more affordable, dental implants offer a natural look and feel that you can’t achieve with alternative options.
How long does the dental implant process take?
If you’re an ideal candidate, the dental implant process typically takes six months. The duration of the process depends on a variety of factors, such as how many implants are needed, your body’s natural healing time, and your oral health condition.
If you’ll require any supplemental procedures, the process may take longer. For an accurate time estimate, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Hoffman. During this visit, he’ll examine your oral health and create a customized treatment plan that will include a timeline.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call our Lincoln office at (402) 486-0825, and a knowledgeable team member will be happy to assist you.
Discover More Benefits with Dr. Hoffman
As we said, these are just a few of the many benefits that our patients have enjoyed about their dental implants. If you want to learn more about how you can qualify for this tooth replacement treatment in Lincoln, NE, explore our “Are You a Candidate?” page or find answers through a single consultation with Dr. Derek Hoffman at Family and Implant Dentistry.