Dental Implants – Grand Island
Traditionally, tooth replacement options only restored the parts of teeth visible when patients smiled, but that is no longer the only option patients have. Dental implants are titanium posts inserted below the gum line that mimic the natural form and function of tooth roots making implant supported tooth replacement look and feel more natural compared with traditional replacement methods like crown and bridge or dentures. At Stec Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we’re happy to offer the full implant process in one office. Some general dentists refer patients out for the placement of dental implants, but Dr. CJ Stec has the training and experience to precisely and successfully place and restore dental implants. Dental implants are also the most versatile tooth replacement option allowing us to restore a single tooth or a full arch of teeth. Our Grand Island, NE practice welcomes patients with one or more missing teeth from nearby St. Paul and other surrounding communities to contact us to schedule a dental implant consultation today.
How do Dental Implants Work?
Regardless of the number of implants patients need to support their specific prosthetic, the surgical procedure itself is the same. We make a small incision in the gum line and insert the titanium post. Following the implantation procedure, patients should expect to spend three to six months healing and undergoing a process known as osseointegration where the supportive alveolar bone and gum tissue attach to the implant mimicking natural root systems. Once this process is completed, an abutment attached to the post connects a replacement tooth or teeth to the implant.
What Types of Implant-Retained Restorations are Available?
Using a specific number of strategically positioned dental implant posts, we can support any number of replacement teeth from a single dental crown to a full denture. We offer the following types implant-retained restoration in our Grand Island dental office:
Implant-Retained Crowns & Bridges
Implant-retained dental crowns are used to replace single missing teeth while an implant bridge is used to restore multiple missing teeth in a row. Typically, up to four consecutive missing teeth can be replaced with two implants supporting either end of the bridge.
Those patients with more extensive tooth loss may benefit from one of the implant-retained prosthetics we offer including:
- Partial dentures – looking very similar to traditional partials, this prosthetic is used to fill the gaps in patients’ smiles replacing any number of nonconsecutive missing teeth, but rather than clipping to surrounding teeth for support, the implant partial is attached to strategically positioned implants for support.
- Full dentures – similar in appearance to traditional dentures with a slightly smaller base, full dentures restore an entire arch of missing teeth attaching to between 4 and 6 implant posts.
- Full arch fixed bridges – in some cases, patients achieve an even more natural looking result by replacing a full arch of teeth with a series of fixed bridges without the synthetic gum tissue between the restoration and the implant.
As the name suggests, mini implants are smaller versions of the traditional titanium posts. These implants are ideal for patients with naturally smaller teeth, those who need to replace just the front teeth, and patients who have diminished jawbone density reducing the patient’s chances of successful traditional implant placement.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
There are many factors that make dental implant supported tooth replacement fundamentally more effective than other types of restoration, including the following benefits:
- Traditional replacement teeth need to be replaced every five to ten years, but implant supported restorations last twenty years or longer.
- Because the roots of missing teeth are replaced, implant supported restorations provide stimulation to maintain jawbone density and gum tissue volume.
- For patients with partial and full dentures, dental implants can increase chewing ability from 20% to 70%. That means you’ll be able to consume a wider range of nutritious foods.
- You can speak, chew, and smile with complete confidence in any situation.
How Much do Dental Implants Cost?
The cost of your dental implant tooth replacement plan will depend on a variety of factors, including the number of missing teeth, where teeth are positioned in the smile, what type of tooth replacement you receive, and what the implant posts are made from. If you want to get an accurate estimate of the out of pocket costs of your implant supported tooth replacement plan, the best way to do that is to call our team to schedule a tooth replacement consultation appointment.
What is the Success rate of Dental Implant Placement?
Depending on the individual patients’ oral and overall health, the success of dental implant supported restorations after ten years is between 95 and 98%. Some factors that impact the success of your dental implant restoration include:
- Maintain proper at-home care brushing and flossing as directed
- Visit your dentist at least two times each year for dental exams and teeth cleanings
- Let your dentist know right away if you notice changes in the function of your replacement tooth or teeth
- Let your dentist know if there are changes to your prescription medications or you are diagnosed with a chronic illness