The Advantages of Dental Implants

If you have missing teeth, replacing them is important not just for the aesthetics of your smile, but also for its health. Missing teeth will eventually cause serious problems like bone loss – which can weaken your surrounding teeth and lead to changes in your facial structure over time.

Since dental implants are fused directly to your jawbone, they help prevent tooth loss and stimulate the growth of new bone, providing you with a strong foundation for your replacement teeth.

Dental implants come with several other benefits, including:

  • Longevity – With good care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
  • Convenience – Implants can be cared for just like your natural teeth; there is no special maintenance required.
  • Appearance – We custom-craft your dental restorations to look indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
  • Strength – Implants are designed to be as strong and durable as natural teeth, meaning you can eat what you like and trust the integrity of your new smile.

Dental implants can also be used to anchor a dental bridge, or to stabilize a full or partial denture.

If you have further questions about the benefits of dental implants, please contact The Dentists at Hillsborough, Ralston Square, and Village Pointe today to schedule an appointment with our experienced Omaha dentists. We serve patients throughout the Omaha, Nebraska area.

How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?

Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular and effective ways of transforming your smile. Veneers are thin shells of dental porcelain that are strongly bonded to the front surface of your teeth, masking common cosmetic smile flaws such as chips, cracks, and permanent stains. Each veneer is carefully crafted to ensure it matches your surrounding teeth and looks as natural as possible.

If you take good care of your porcelain veneers, you can expect them to last for a decade or longer. In fact, some patients never need to replace their porcelain veneers. However, certain habits can damage and/or reduce the lifespan of your veneers, such as:

  • Grinding and clenching your teeth (bruxism)
  • Chewing on ice or hard candy
  • Using your teeth as an opening or cutting tool
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Bad brushing techniques

The best way to ensure your porcelain veneers last is to come into our office for bi-annual check-ups. We will inspect the integrity of your veneers and polish them when necessary. We will also identify problems (such as tooth decay) and address them before they potentially threaten the longevity of your veneers. In short, if you take good care of your teeth and visit us on a regular basis, you can expect to enjoy your beautiful new smile for many years to come.

If you have further questions about porcelain veneers, please contact The Dentists at Hillsborough, Ralston Square, and Village Pointe today to schedule an appointment with our experienced Omaha dentists. We serve patients throughout the Omaha, Nebraska area.