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Dental Implants - Falls City, NE

Complete Your Smile with Implant Dentistry

Are you missing or on the brink of losing one or more teeth? Few restorative services offer the results that dental implants in Falls City do. This service combines custom-made restorations, like crowns, bridges, partials, and full dentures, with small implant posts made of titanium that serve as prosthetic tooth roots. As a biocompatible metal, titanium bonds with the bone tissue in your jaw to preserve it and create a firm foundation for your new smile. Keep reading to learn more about this replacement option!

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Why Choose Kobza Dental for Dental Implants?

Benefits of Dental Implants

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Dental implants offer a number of benefits for patients who are missing teeth. Some of the most considerable advantages of this tooth replacement option include:

Indications for Dental Implants

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Dental implants can be a great solution no matter how many teeth have been lost. The indications for dental implants are listed briefly below:

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Missing One Tooth

A single dental crown can be placed without affecting the surrounding teeth with a dental implant post. The post will be placed beneath the gum line and restored four to six months later.

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Missing Multiple Teeth

When two or more teeth have been lost in a row, an implant-retained bridge can provide a wonderful solution that restores the ability to eat, speak, and smile with ease. This method can be fixed or removable, depending on your needs and preference.

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Missing All Teeth

Patients who are missing a complete arch of teeth may struggle to find a secure fit for a complete denture. Dental implants can provide a stable solution. A strategic number of implant posts can be used to secure a complete prosthetic.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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How much will dental implants cost you? Will any of the procedure be covered by your insurance? We get these questions every day, and due to the variety of ways dental implants can be used, the answer is always different from patient to patient. Factors affecting the cost of dental implants include how healthy the jaw bone is, how many implants you need to have placed, and others. The details of the surgical procedure(s), abutments, and the type of prosthetic being used will all determine how much your dental implant treatment will cost! Get in touch with us and book a visit to discuss the details of your tooth replacement.

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CT/Cone Beam 3D Imaging

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Certain treatments require a fair amount of planning before they can be completed, including complex ones like dental implant placement. Part of the planning process for dental implants is capturing extremely detailed, 3D images of your mouth and jaw, as well as the underlying structures like bone tissue, blood vessels, and nerve pathways. With the 3D CT/Cone Beam Images available in our office, we can quickly capture a detailed cross-section of your mouth and jaw. This makes the placement of your future dental implants more predictable, which ensures that your surgery is as successful as possible.

Dental Implants Post-Op Instructions

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After treatment from Dr. Michitti, you’ll need time to adjust to your new teeth. Luckily, we at Lifetime Dental have listed some dental implant post-op instructions for Agawam patients. With these guidelines, you’ll know what to expect from the recovery process, the normal range of symptoms, and how best to heal your smile. Still, don’t hesitate to contact our office if you experience intense pain or strange side effects not mentioned here.

What to Do Directly After Dental Implant Surgery

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Once your implants are placed, you must ensure your gums heal properly. As such, you should leave the still-forming blood clot alone — it’ll make the healing smoother! To that end, remember to follow these rules:

  • Don’t spit. Instead, use tissues or simply swallow your saliva.
  • Don’t drink from straws. Pursing or sucking with your lips could dislodge the blood clot.
  • Don’t smoke tobacco for at least the first day of recovery.
  • Keep your fingers and tongue away from the surgical site.

Common Side Effects When Recovering from Dental Implant Placement

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You’ll likely feel some side effects for a few days after the placement. The most common of these include the following: 

  • Mild Discomfort: The surgical site could ache a bit. You can take over-the-counter pain relievers for such discomfort.
  • Swelling: The area near the surgery might swell over the first 72 hours. This effect could also last for a week. You can help the symptom, though, with cold or warm compresses.
  • Intermittent Bleeding: Bleeding could go off and on for a few days. Still, it can be lessened with gauze and light pressure.

Thankfully, these effects are temporary and should subside with time. If they don’t, though, let us know.  

Your Diet After Dental Implant Surgery

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Your new implant(s) will be sensitive for a few days following surgery, so it’s best to stick to a soft-food diet. In particular, try to eat foods like:

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Pasta
  • Yogurt
  • Pudding
  • Ice cream

Once you feel up to it, you can return to your usual diet. That said, we encourage you to avoid crunchy, tough foods and chewing directly on the implant site.

Post-Op Health & Oral Hygiene

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Of course, you still need to clean your mouth even as it heals. Given that fact, you should keep practicing good oral hygiene — just make some slight adjustments as you do.

For instance, brush your teeth as usual on the day after surgery. However, exercise caution when near the surgical site(s).

Similar concerns apply to mouth rinses. To reduce inflammation, rinse your mouth two or three times daily with salt water. You could even use a prescription mouthwash, though you should avoid brands with high levels of alcohol.

What to Do After Your New Teeth Are Attached

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Once your new crown, bridge, or denture attaches to your implant, you might feel slight sensitivity in your gum tissue. (This symptom is easy to manage with pain medication.) Other than that, though, you won’t face any hurdles — there shouldn’t be any swelling, bleeding, or extensive recovery. Therefore, you’ll be ready to grin ear-to-ear that same day! 

Dental Implant FAQs

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According to Dental Products Report, more than 500,000 dental implants were placed in the U.S. in 2017. If you are considering joining this number in eliminating the gap in your smile, you probably have some questions. Well, you are in luck – we have answers! Our expert team at Kobza Dental has compiled some of the most common questions and answers about dental implants in Falls City. If you still have questions about reading through this dental implant FAQ section, do not hesitate to give our team a call!

How long do dental implants last?

Investing in dental implants is investing in the long-term health and appearance of your smile! With proper care, you can rely on your implants for two decades or more – perhaps even the rest of your life! A variety of factors can influence the longevity of your dental implants, such as:

  • If you brush and floss daily and see a dentist in Falls City every six months.
  • If you avoid chewing or biting down on extremely hard items, like pen tips or pencils.
  • If your dentist is skilled at placing dental implants. Dr. Kobza has completed advanced training in dental implantation at the Hands-On Implant Institute.
  • If you lead an overall healthy lifestyle.

Can dental implants fail?

With a success rate of approximately 98%, dental implants are a reliable and effective way to replace missing teeth. In some rare cases, however, dental implant failure can occur.

Tobacco use, diabetes or low bone density in the jaw can all prevent an implant from successfully fusing with the jawbone through a natural process called osseointegration. When this happens, the dental implant cannot provide the stable base necessary for an artificial crown or bridge.

Gum disease and other oral infections can also reduce the chances that an implant will heal properly. For this reason – among many others! – candidates for dental implants must practice excellent oral hygiene both before and after implantation surgery.

Is it safe to get dental implants?

Because dental implantation involves a minor surgical procedure, many patients worry that replacing their teeth with dental implants will be an extremely painful experience.

However, there is no reason to fret! Almost all dental implants are placed under a local anesthetic that numbs the mouth and prevents patients from feeling any pain. At most, you might feel some dull pressing and pushing during the procedure as well as some vibration during the drilling stage.

For more complex cases that involve multiple implants, sedation can be provided to make patients feel relaxed and at ease throughout the lengthier procedure. Sedation can also be helpful for those patients that suffer from dental anxiety.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

Most adults with missing teeth make excellent candidates for dental implants. However, certain factors can contribute to the success of the procedure, such as:

  • Excellent oral hygiene habits
  • Healthy gums
  • Sufficient jawbone depth

To find out if dental implants are the best tooth replacement solution for you, schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Kobza. As a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, he has the experience and expertise to evaluate your teeth and determine the best treatment to restore your smile.

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