Dental implants are a great solution for missing and broken teeth. They give you a natural, comfortable smile that's easy to take care of.
Eagle Run West Dental Group offers dental implants in Omaha, NE. Our experienced dental team coordinates all of our dental implant cases with an experienced oral surgeon. Learn more about how dental implants work and whether they’re a long-term solution for you.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are an alternative to dentures or extensive bridgework. Commonly an option for patients with one or more missing teeth, implants offer a permanent, lasting solution for patients seeking dental work.
A dental implant is used to mimic the appearance of natural teeth. Made of titanium metal, the implant is surgically installed below the gum line, providing support for the replacement tooth.
This procedure ensures that the implant will not move or slip, once in place.
While dental implants can be considered a cosmetic dentistry service, the oral health benefits extend well beyond creating a picture-perfect smile.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Over time, the jawbone will merge with the implant, resulting in a permanent bond that should last anywhere between 10-15 years. The fusion of the implant and jawbone guarantees there will be no slippage when brushing your teeth, eating, or smiling.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants consist of three working parts, including:
- Implant - The implant is the metal part that is inserted into the jawbone. Similar to a screw, the implant is responsible for holding the device in place.
- Abutment - The abutment is placed over top of the implant, serving as the connection between the implant and the crown.
- Crown - The crown is a dental cap that is settled on the abutment, after a short healing period, giving the dental implant a real, tooth-like look.
Dental Implant Surgery
Dental implant surgery is a bit more invasive than dental crowns and bridges, however, both crowns and bridges are essentially fixed dentures that are attached to the surrounding teeth for support.
During oral surgery, the surgeon will make an incision in the gum. This exposes the jawbone, where holes are then drilled to place the implant fixture. The implant, which will serve as the root of the artificial tooth, needs to be inserted down into the bone to ensure it stays in place.
Dental implant surgery is considered an outpatient procedure, meaning it’s often performed in stages. Each stage, of the process, is followed by a short healing period, to prevent any possible complications. Over this time, a temporary crown can be used to conceal the gap.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
Dental implants are a great long-term option for most people who are missing teeth. Whether you’re missing a single tooth, or multiple, implants provide a permanent solution, while maintaining your overall bone health.
If you're seeking treatment for a dental issue that doesn't involve missing teeth, we offer many other dental services in Omaha and can find the best solution that fits your needs.
Pros of Dental Implants
An alternative to dentures, crowns, and bridges, dental implant surgery has many benefits, including:
- They feel and look more natural than dentures or bridges
- Durable and long-lasting
- Easier to eat with
- Improved oral health because they're much easier to care for than dentures
- Speaking is easier, implants won't move around as much as dentures
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
Dental implants are often considered an investment for your oral health. While they generally cost more than dentures or bridges, the cost of dental implants varies depending on several factors including:
- The number of dental implants needed -- the total cost will change depending on if you're replacing one tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch.
- With tooth loss, it's also common to have issues with jawbone deterioration. In this case, bone grafting is necessary for the dental implant to hold. Dental bone grafting can drive up the total cost of your dental implants.
- Tooth extractions can also incur additional costs. The number of teeth that need to be removed, prior to dental implants, will be reflected in the cost.
- The severity of the individual case can play a part in cost,depending on the location and seriousness of the mouth before dental implants
Dental Implants in Omaha, NE
Want to learn more about the dental implant process? Contact our office in Omaha, NE to schedule an appointment or call us at 402-498-8804 to find out if dental implants are right for you!