Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants in Lincoln

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Remember that skateboarding accident that happened in your teenage years, causing you to knock out two of your front teeth? That one instance dramatically affected your life in negative ways, shattering your confidence. You couldn’t speak to people assuredly, smile in photos, or eat the same foods you used to enjoy. Just as that one incident altered so many important aspects about your being, undergoing a simple dental procedure could change your life in the best way: dental implants. Does the thought of getting a “dental procedure” make you nervous? Vacek Family Dentistry can answer your need-to-know questions about dental implants in Lincoln to gain your unwavering confidence again!

1. What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a prosthetic that mimics your natural tooth from the root up. This is important because healthy roots are what keep our jaw bones stable and intact.  Once your body adjusts to the implant and integrates it to your jawbone, your artificial teeth are then attached (the visible portion). Dental implants help our patients achieve a healthy, stable smile because your body can acclimate to implants as if it were a natural tooth. Your Lincoln dentist, whether it be Dr. Craig Vacek or Dr. Gufford, will have you leaving our office with regained abilities to chew, speak, and socialize confidently once again.

2.  What are the real benefits of dental implants?

As we grow up we have two sets of teeth, baby teeth and our permanent “adult” teeth. When a single permanent tooth or multiple teeth are lost due to dental decay, gum disease, or a dental injury, dental implants can replace them as the third set of fixed teeth! Dental implants can last a lifetime and offer these long-term benefits:

  • Keeping a youthful facial structure and smile.

  • Protection of your healthy jawbone.

  • Improved speaking abilities.

  • Improved chewing and eating abilities.

  • Prevention of jaw misalignment.

  • Ability to keep your dental prosthetic in place permanently.

  • Higher chances of keeping your surrounding natural, permanent teeth.

3.  How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants are the most effective tooth replacement option available today. When properly cared for, they can last the rest of our patient’s lives. It is important to remember that while dental implants are technically a permanent restoration, there are several factors that affect their longevity. Vacek Family Dentistry provides you the information and resources needed to keep your dental implants healthy, recommending regular semi-annual dental check-ups and good oral hygiene at home.

4.  What is the success rate of dental implants?

Both of our modern dentists have the technology required to get you the results you need and deserve. Our office is equipped with 3D imaging and computer guidance throughout your dental procedure. Dr. Vacek or Dr. Gufford are confident in their abilities to map the intricate crevices of your jaws to create custom fitting prosthetics. Of course, the procedure varies for each of our patients. Typical healthy patients with good oral hygiene are predictably successful with reported rates above 90 to 95 percent.

5.  Are dental implants right for me?

Dental implant patients are for all ages. Implants are the right choice for anyone missing one, multiple, or even majority of their teeth due to injury, defects, disease or decay. They can even be an option for adolescents after puberty when the jaw stops growing, typically around 16 for girls and 18 for boys.

To find out if dental implants are the right choice for you, contact our office. One of our friendly team members would be happy to answer any further questions you may have or set up an appointment to meet with one of our dentists.