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Missing teeth affect your ability to speak and eat, and can lead to other oral and general health problems. Today, dental implants, provided by Lincoln oral surgeon Andrew R. Glenn, have helped improve countless patients’ quality of life after suffering tooth loss. Whether you have lost one, a few, or all of your teeth, Dr. Glenn and our caring, experienced staff can help you regain a full, healthy smile with one or more dental implants. Schedule a consultation with us today to learn if this innovative treatment option is right for you.
Dr. Andrew Glenn offers both traditional dental implants and mini implants for patient convenience. Dental implants offer a number of benefits, including life-long support and a natural look and feel. Implants are an outstanding dental solution to replace missing or severely decayed teeth.
Planning is the first and most important stage of successful dental implants placement surgery. Healthy teeth are precisely aligned to meet comfortably and absorb the pressures of biting and chewing. When one or more teeth are lost, their replacements must be positioned with equal precision. For increased accuracy, Dr. Glenn utilizes the iCAT 3D imaging system to create a computer-generated surgical guide. The advanced cone beam computer tomography (CT) technology produces crystal clear digital images of the mouth and jawbone, and allows us to focus on a specific area of concern. The images will also help determine if sufficient jawbone structure is present to support the implant, or if bone grafting is necessary to strengthen the jawbone.
Once the optimal position for the implant is defined, a titanium post, which mimics a tooth's natural root, will be surgically inserted into the jawbone. Typically, healing takes between four and six months, during which the jawbone will fuse to the implant. Once healing is complete, a special abutment is attached to the implant, which serves as the point of contact with the patient's crown or denture.
For more than three decades, dental implants have transformed restorative dentistry by stabilizing dental prostheses in the same way as natural teeth roots. Even if you already have a dental bridge or full denture, dental implants can provide improved support and long-term oral health preservation. If you qualify, Dr. Glenn can place the dental implants and restoration in the same day. In fact, in certain cases Dr. Glenn can often place the implant and restoration immediately after the tooth extraction. Patients who are not candidates for traditional implants because of insufficient jawbone structure may be candidates for mini dental implants (MDI), which are significantly thinner and are mostly used to stabilize dentures.
Dental bridges and dentures have helped patients regain the ability to bite and chew for decades, but only dental implants replace the support and stimulation provided by teeth’s roots. Dental implants are the only restorative option that can preserve a smile’s integrity by preventing jawbone resorption and deterioration. However, to sufficiently support an implant, the jawbone must be strong and dense, and the mouth must be free of disease. During a thorough examination, Dr. Glenn will determine if sufficient jawbone exists, or if you have health conditions that can affect the success of dental implants. If this is the case, an appropriate course of treatment will be prescribed. If you are concerned about the factors affecting the cost of a dental implants treatment, we can review them in detail during a personal consultation.
Utilizing a wealth of modern surgical and dental techniques, we can help restore beauty and function to even the most damaged smiles. You deserve a healthy, beautiful smile, and we can help you get there. To learn more about dental implants, including the various types of implants offered by our practice, contact our office today.