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Everything You Need to Know About Dental Implants

Dental implants are an advanced restorative dentistry service that can complete your smile and provide you with beautiful, functional prosthetic teeth. In fact, millions of people have benefitted from the improved aesthetics and function that dental implants offer. Happily, you don’t have to travel hours to see a specialist to receive dental implants. Expert dental implant services are available right here in Omaha from your family dentist at The Tooth Doc.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth that serves as a replacement for a missing natural tooth. Made of titanium, the dental implant itself resembles a screw. Your dentist inserts the implant into the bone of your jaw, so it can function like the root of a natural tooth, holding the tooth in place. Since the implant anchors into the bone, it is exceptionally stable and is not likely to slip or shift. 

Once the implant integrates with the bone, it is ready for a crown or other restoration. After your dentist places your restoration, you have new teeth that appear completely natural and can last a lifetime.

What’s the point of dental implants?

As you know, adult teeth do not regrow. If you lose a tooth to decay or an accident, it’s gone. In the past, your options for tooth replacement were limited. If you were missing a tooth or two, a bridge was sometimes a good solution. However, not all bridges look natural, and some bridges are prone to breakage. Implants, on the other hand, appear identical to organic teeth and are exceptionally durable.

Dental implants also offer convenient teeth replacement if you’re missing most or all of your teeth. It would be time-consuming and costly to replace each individual tooth with a dental implant, so we provide outstanding answers for patients with numerous missing teeth. The All-on-4® approach is one option. This technique allows our family dentists to fit you with a full set of prosthetics with only four implants. You’ll enjoy a complete smile with this less invasive alternative to numerous dental implants.

Implant-supported dentures are another teeth replacement possibility if you’re missing several teeth. Dental implants keep implant-supported dentures stable and steady in the proper position. With implant-supported dentures, you won’t have to worry about your dentures slipping and causing you frustration and embarrassment. Instead, you’ll be able to enjoy any food you wish, and you’ll avoid the soreness that often accompanies traditional dentures.

Why bother to replace your lost teeth?

Aside from the unattractive appearance of a smile with noticeable gaps, there are good dental and medical reasons to seek teeth replacement. Missing teeth aren’t just unsightly; they can also create problems with your remaining teeth and bone structure. When teeth are absent, the sockets of bone that held those teeth begin to collapse. This collapsing can eventually result in extensive bone loss that undermines the stability of your remaining teeth or even alters the shape of your face. 

Furthermore, the spaces created by missing teeth allow your remaining teeth to shift out of position, resulting in a crooked grin. Additionally, if you don’t replace missing teeth, you risk misaligning your bite and compromising your ability to speak and chew correctly.

Are you a candidate for dental implants?

Good news! The majority of adults are excellent candidates for dental implants. While there are some medical issues that may keep you from receiving dental implants, most people can have this convenient and permanent teeth replacement option. 

Sufficient bone structure in your jaws is one requirement for dental implants. Since your dental implants need to integrate with the bone underlying your teeth, this bone should be strong and present in adequate amounts to receive the implants. Some patients may suffer from bone loss, which can prevent them from having conventional dental implants. 

But don’t despair if you have bone loss. Rather than visiting a specialist outside of Omaha and enduring bone graft surgery, you will likely be able to have All-on-4 dental implants installed by the family dentists at The Tooth Doc. All-on-4 implants are an easier, less invasive alternative to bone grafting that still gives you permanent and functional new teeth.

You can trust the skill and experience of our dentists.

Many dentists do not offer implant treatment due to the time and cost investment required to learn and provide the procedures. However, our team of family dentists is trained and experienced in implant dentistry. They have performed many implant placements and are well-qualified to evaluate your suitability for dental implants, carry out the procedure, and provide exceptional aftercare. 

Whether you’ve lost a single tooth, need numerous teeth replaced, or are looking for a more stable alternative to your conventional dentures, our team is ready to help with implant options. Contact us now to set up your consultation.