If you’re like the 54% of Americans who are missing at least one tooth, you could benefit from the healthiest tooth replacement option available. Dental implants use the strength of your jawbone to provide outstanding stability and chewing power. Dental bridges, on the other hand, don’t offer this type of performance because they use your natural teeth as anchors.
Dental implant placement requires a highly-skilled dentist to ensure that the results are permanent and that it blends with the rest of your smile. Fortunately, Dr. Hoffman is an expert implant dentist who belongs to the following elite implant organizations:
The first step toward revitalizing your smile with a dental implant is a consultation with Dr. Hoffman. He’ll ask about your dental and medical history, examine your oral structure, and determine if you need supplemental care to prepare for implant surgery. He’ll also use this time to get a better understanding of what you hope to gain from treatment.
The consultation is an excellent opportunity to express your feelings about the procedure. If you’re nervous about the surgery, see if he has any tips to help. Also, feel free to ask him about his training, experience, and the rest of his staff — between them, they have over 100 years of dental experience.
Following your consultation, you’ll return to Family and Implant Dentistry so Dr. Hoffman can place the implant fixture into your jawbone. He uses advanced technology, such as a computer-milled surgical guide, to place the implant in the ideal location to make sure it benefits from the full strength of the jawbone.
The fixture is made from high-grade titanium, a durable, biocompatible material. This means that your jawbone will form a strong bond with it through a process called osseointegration.
After the implant is securely positioned in your jawbone, it can take anywhere from three to six months for your mouth to adjust. Then, you’ll return to our Lincoln, NE office where Dr. Hoffman will complete the implant process by attaching the permanent restoration.
The crown is the final part of the implant and the only part people will see. It’s made from porcelain — a durable, tooth-colored, ceramic material. Porcelain shares the same translucency as your natural teeth, so it’ll blend with your smile under any light.
Local anesthesia or other types of sedation will be used to ensure your comfort throughout the surgery. Post-surgery, it’s normal to experience some pain, bleeding, or swelling. Pain medications will alleviate any discomfort you have unless you’re instructed otherwise by Dr. Hoffman. If you find yourself experiencing more long-term symptoms, contact us right away for further instructions.
Yes — you can continue your normal activities, including traveling, during implant treatment. After Dr. Hoffman places your implant, it can take a few months to heal before you can receive your final restoration, leaving you with plenty of time to travel. You’ll be wearing a temporary crown while you heal, so you won’t have an empty gap in your smile.
It’s advised that our patients stay nearby for a week or so after implant surgery to ensure that the healing process is progressing normally. After that, you may come and go as you please until it’s time to complete the treatment.
Dr. Hoffman is a Nebraska native and implant expert. If you have missing teeth and live anywhere near Lincoln, NE, we recommend giving us a call at 402-999-0613. A member of our friendly staff will help you schedule your consultation. Alternatively, you can fill out the submission form below, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
827 S. 48th St.
Lincoln, NE 68510
Monday: 8AM – 5PM
Tuesday: 8AM – 5PM
Wednesday: 8AM – 5PM
Thursday: 8AM – 5PM
Friday: Appointments Only