At Kennedy Dental, we provide personalized dentistry to meet all your family’s unique oral needs. If you need to replace missing teeth, we’ll work together to find the healthiest tooth replacement that is right for you.
Our dentists and specialists often recommend dental implants for our Bellevue, NE patients because they are the next best thing to real teeth. When you choose to replace one or more missing teeth with dental implants, you’ll be able to share a confident smile with friends and go out and enjoy your favorite foods again.
Dental Implants: The Gold Standard for Tooth Replacement
We want to make sure our patients have options, so our tooth replacements include dental implants, dental bridges, and full and partial dentures.
Of all these, dental implants are the only one that replaces an entire tooth, from the root in your jaw to the crown that’s visible when you smile. Dentists refer to dental implants as the “gold standard” because they are the best and most reliable tooth replacement available today.
And tooth implants aren’t a recent innovation, either; they’ve been used to replace missing teeth for over 40 years and have a proven success rate of 95 percent.
The Process of Getting a Dental Implant
The entire process—from the placement of the implant in your jaw to restoration of the tooth—takes several months to complete. But ask any of our patients who’ve gotten dental implants at our Bellevue dental office, and they’ll tell you the results made the wait worthwhile!
When preparing for your procedure, our experienced oral surgeons in Bellevue use 3-D digital imaging technology to plan where and how deep to place your tooth implant. Pre-planning placement of your implant ensures that you’ll have a comfortable, successful procedure.
The implant gains strength over several months as it heals in your jaw and bone and tissue fuse to it. Our specialists then attach a piece called an abutment to your implant. We’ll customize a crown, bridge, or full or partial denture that’s secured to the abutment that restores function and appearance to your smile.
The result is replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
What Happens When You Lose a Tooth
Even if you think you can live with a gap in your smile, it’s not optimal for your oral health. Teeth adjacent to the gap can start to tilt and shift, which can lead to tooth and bite misalignment. Eventually, the loss of one tooth can lead to the loss of more teeth if we don’t replace them.
If a tooth and its roots are lost, the bone in your jaw will start to break down without a tooth root to promote healthy bone regeneration. As bone loss continues, your facial features lose support, and you will start to take on a drawn or aged appearance.
Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
The first step is to consult with one of our oral surgeons or our periodontist to see if you are a good candidate for a dental implant. You must have enough dense bone in your jaw into which our specialists can stabilize the implant, but if you don't, all is not lost! Our experienced specialists will see if you’re a good candidate for a bone grafting procedure to build up the bone and make it possible for you to get a dental implant in the future.
Our dental team would love to help you with tooth replacement at our Bellevue, NE dental office. Please call us at (402) 291-3535 to schedule a convenient appointment.