Replacing Missing Teeth

Missing teeth can not only cause insecurity but also can cause harm to your other teeth. When you have a missing tooth, it is common to overcompensate by chewing on the opposite side of your mouth or by putting extra pressure on other teeth. Teeth like to touch, so when a tooth or several teeth are missing, surrounding teeth will shift in hopes of filling that space. Your bite will become misaligned, and chewing can become difficult or painful. Luckily, there are options for replacing missing teeth and restoring your smile!

 

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Tooth Implants

A dental implant, or tooth implant, is the best option when replacing a tooth. A titanium screw is placed beneath your gum and heals to the bone in your jaw in the area of the missing tooth, taking the place of your missing tooth’s root. Once the implant has had time to heal into your bone, your dentist will place a crown on top of the implant. The crown will look, feel, and act as a natural tooth.

Dental implants are a lifetime solution. Not only is nearly everybody a good candidate but also implant problems are almost nonexistent. Because several factors affect implant preparation, the cost of a dental implant varies. We would love to discuss this option and see if dental implants are the best solution for you.

 

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Before Implant Placed
photo courtesy of Dr. Bernie Villadiego

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After Dental Implant Placed
photo courtesy of Dr. Bernie Villadiego

 

Fixed Bridge or Implant-Supported Bridge?

Fixed Tooth Bridge

If you have one or more missing teeth, a fixed bridge may be a good option for you to regain a healthy, functional smile. A fixed bridge is cemented into place and supported by the teeth on either side of the missing tooth/teeth. Your dentist replaces your missing tooth with a pontic (fake) tooth. We match the shape and color of your surrounding teeth to provide a bridge that looks and functions like your original teeth.

The cost of a dental bridge is less than the cost of a dental implant, which is why some people choose the more affordable bridge option. However, bridges don’t preserve the bone structure of your jaw like a natural tooth or implant does so you may experience receding bone structure. Regular checkups and monitoring can help to preserve your newly gained oral health.

 

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Implant-Supported Bridges

Implant-supported or implant-retained dental bridges are a hybrid of implants and dental bridges. They are an optimal choice for people missing several teeth or who need multiple teeth extracted. The cost of several dental implants may not be feasible, but two implants combined with a bridge may be more manageable.

 

Who can benefit from Dental Implants?

Implants are for people with missing teeth or with teeth that need to be extracted. With today’s technology, just about anyone can get implants.

Sometimes your dentist must take preliminary steps to prepare you for your implants. These steps may include adding bone to the jawbone where the bone structure has been lost or lifting a sinus to make room for the dental implant.

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Experienced dental implant care in Lincoln, NE

We’re fortunate to have Dr. Brad Alderman as part of our team to help you choose which option is best for your health, your smile, and your budget.

Dr. Brad Alderman has extensive experience with dental implants. He has had advanced training and has over ten years of experience with dental implants. This includes multiple continuing education classes on implants and hundreds of implants restored.

 



 

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