Missing teeth is a common dental problem among American adults. Gum disease, hard foods and injury are just some of the reasons you may have lost a tooth. For single or multiple missing teeth, dental implants are often the ideal option. Want to find out if you are a good candidate? Please call our experienced implant dentists in Omaha at 402-307-6227.
What Does a Dental Implant Do?
A dental implant replaces the entire structure of a missing tooth – root and crown. They are surgically implanted within the boney ridge beneath the site of missing teeth. The implant itself is made of durable titanium. The replacement of the visible portion of the tooth is called the restoration. The restoration may be a tooth crown, dental bridge or denture, each of which can be attached to a dental implant.
Mini Dental Implants
These dental implants have a smaller diameter than other implants. They are a miniaturized version of the traditional dental implant and are used to stabilize a denture. Placed in strategic spots within the jaw, they support a denture, which is affixed to the top of the implants with attachments.
One of the advantages of miniaturized dental implants is that the procedure to place them and the dentures is relatively fast and simple. It is most often completed with the patient under local anesthetic, which results in a much easier, faster recovery. Your discomfort afterward should be minimal.
Ask our dentists if you are a good candidate for these restorations. Some people are better candidates for conventional implant dentistry.
Dental Implant Candidates
Not everyone is a good match for dental implants, but many people are. Rely on our experienced dentists to determine if they are an option for you. We want you to enjoy the absolute best results, and we will make sure you know each and every tooth replacement option available to you. Here are some of the things that indicate good candidacy:
- Interested in a long-term, durable tooth replacement
- In good general health
- Healthy gum tissue free of gum disease
- Adequate bone beneath your teeth
The only way to know for sure is to visit our dentists. They will examine your teeth and mouth, discuss your health history and discuss what it’s like to have a dental implant. X-rays will be taken and assessed as well. It’s important to make sure a dental implant will be right for you. There are other options for teeth replacement, all of which our dentists will discuss with you.
Advantages of Dental Implants
- Replace the missing tooth root, as well as the visible crown
- Tend to be the longest-lasting teeth replacements
- Look like real teeth
- Easy to clean and care for
- Conveniently fixed within your mouth, so you don’t have to worry about removal
- Replace one, several or all of the teeth
The resiliency and durability of implant dentistry is due to the fact that the titanium post is implanted within the bone beneath your teeth. The implantation forms a solid, stable fusing of bone tissue and implant. The bone will hold the implant securely in place, and the implant stimulates the bone.
Without replacement of the tooth root, the bone beneath the missing tooth begins to shrink and deteriorate. The deterioration can even affect the shape of your lower face, creating a shrunken or collapsed appearance to the lower jaw. Dental implants prevent this from occurring because they stimulate the bone.
Reasons to Replace Missing Teeth
If you are missing one or more teeth, there is good reason to replace them. It’s important to feel confident about your smile and the appearance of your teeth, which may be reason enough to replace the teeth. But there are other reasons as well:
- Prevents remaining teeth from drifting and tilting toward the gap left by the missing tooth
- Restores optimal ability to chew and speak
- Maintains a comfortable bite position
- Prevents tooth wear caused by an uneven bite
Our dentists will help you restore your smile and dental health with the right tooth replacement. To arrange a consultation in Omaha, please call our experienced staff at 402-307-6227.