Dental implants are the only permanent, natural-looking solution for missing teeth. Receiving implants is a three-step process that’s typically completed over the course of several months.
Though many patients worry that the process is complicated, it’s actually simpler than you might expect. Explore our guide to learn about each step of the dental implant process.
The first step to your new smile is scheduling a free consultation with Dr. Hoffman. During this visit, he’ll evaluate your teeth, gums, and jawbone to determine if dental implants are the best option for you. He’ll also answer any questions you have about the procedure.
If you suffer from jawbone deterioration or gum recession, Dr. Hoffman can help you become an ideal candidate for implants with a supplemental procedure. Typically, these include bone grafting or soft tissue augmentation.
When you’re ready, Dr. Hoffman will place the titanium implant fixture directly in your jaw. He’ll use a computer-milled surgical guide to ensure your implant is placed precisely where it needs to be.
After surgery, you’ll need to allow three to six months for your jaw to heal. This is when osseointegration, the process of your implant fusing with your jawbone to replace the natural tooth root, occurs. It’s because of this unique process that your permanent implant solution will look and function like a natural tooth.
Once the healing process is complete, you can return to our office for your prosthetic tooth. If you’re only replacing a single tooth, Dr. Hoffman will top your implant with a porcelain crown. Depending on your needs, we also feature fixed bridges and full-arch dentures.
No matter which solution you choose, we’ll customize it to blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth for a stunning smile.
If you’re interested in dental implants, it only takes three steps to restore health and beauty to your smile. Call our office in Lincoln at 402-999-0613 and schedule a free consultation with Dr. Hoffman today.
To ensure the longevity of your dental implant, you’ll want to brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, and rinse between meals. In addition to following a regular oral hygiene routine, it’s important to schedule biannual appointments at our Lincoln office.
During these visits, we’ll examine your dental implant and restoration to ensure they’re in excellent condition. We’ll also perform a professional cleaning and assess your teeth and gums so we can recommend any treatments or tips that will improve the health of your smile.
If you’re an ideal candidate, the process typically takes about 6 months. The duration of your treatment also depends on how long it takes your jawbone and gums to heal around the implant. Implants on the upper arch tend to take longer and healing time varies from patient to patient.
For an accurate time estimate, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Hoffman. During this visit, he’ll review your oral health and create a customized treatment plan that will include a timeline. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call our Lincoln office at (402) 999-0613 and a knowledgeable team member will be happy to assist you.
827 S. 48th St.
Lincoln, NE 68510
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Tuesday: 8AM – 5PM
Wednesday: 8AM – 5PM
Thursday: 8AM – 5PM
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