Dental implants are a very reliable source for effective tooth replacement. Whether you have lost one tooth or many, implants can provide a permanent solution that looks and functions naturally.
Dental Implants in Omaha, NE
A dental implant is an artificial root upon which a manufactured tooth can be placed. They are one of the best tooth replacement options available. At Omaha Healthy Smiles, we use implants to support the replacement of a single tooth, multiple teeth, or larger prostheses such as dentures, depending on the individual’s requirements and condition. When tooth loss is left untreated it can result in very serious problems like tooth shifts, jawbone deterioration, and facial structure loss. We offer implants because we believe they are a superior way to replace missing teeth, as they do not require alteration of adjacent teeth. Call our office in Omaha, NE to request a consultation to see if a dental implant is right for you.
Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry's
Dental Implant Expert
Dr. Cory Wilkinson
Dr. Wilkinson enjoys building trust and long-lasting friendships with all of his patients. Along with building trust, Dr. Wilkinson continuously builds on his knowledge base surrounding dental implants. He has completed numerous hours of continuing education related to implants along with various trainings focused on dental implants. It is because of this continued education that Dr. Wilkinson has been placing implants with great success.
Dental Implant Cost
At Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry, we strive to offer dental implants at an affordable cost for our patients in Omaha, NE. Each part of the procedure has an individual charge, listed below, but please note that the prices can slightly vary, depending on the needs of each patient as every case is different.
Dental Implant: $1,500 – $3,000
- Implant Placement: $1,500
- Abutment and Crown: $1,500
We know that costs can cause hesitation for those needing dental implants, so that is why we are proud to offer a variety of financial options. A few of these options include our Healthy Smiles Dental Savings Plan, an in-house dental savings plan, and CareCredit, an external dental payment plan. Click the buttons below to read more about each option.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants involve multiple steps to complete the entire procedure. Each patient’s process will vary, depending on your oral health at the time, including if tooth extraction or bone grafting is required.
- Consultation and dental exam. To decide if dental implants are an option for you, we will complete a comprehensive dental exam, including digital x-rays to measure bone health. Following the exam, we will discuss treatment options.
- Tooth extraction. Depending on your situation, we may need to remove the tooth/teeth being replaced by implant(s). If the tooth is already missing, extraction is not necessary. If there is bone loss around the future implant site, we will perform a dental bone graft.
- Implant placement. The implant will be surgically placed in the bone and a healing cap is placed over the implant so the healing phase can begin. If you have an aesthetic concern, we can place a temporary tooth before the implant crown is completed.
- Implant healing. After your implant is placed, osseointegration begins. During this process, your jawbone heals around the dental implant, fusing with the implant, and providing a solid base for your new artificial tooth. Typically, it will take 4-6 months for the implant to integrate with the bone. It is after this integration period that a crown is placed on the implant.
- Abutment / crown placement. The abutment is a small metal piece used to connect your artificial tooth (crown) to the implant. The abutment is attached to the implant, and then the crown is placed on the abutment.
If you believe a dental implant is the treatment option for you, please request an appointment or contact us today.
Do Dental Implants Hurt?
Local anesthesia is used during the procedure to keep pain at a minimum. This will numb the surrounding nerves so you will not experience any pain. Pressure may be felt during the procedure, but no pain should be felt. It is important to communicate with Dr. Wilkinson if you are feeling any pain.
After the procedure and once the numbness is gone, you may experience some discomfort and soreness for a day or two. Typical discomforts you may experience near the implant include: swelling, pain, and minor bleeding. Follow the recommendations on the cards below to alleviate these discomforts.
Relieving pain at home is going to vary on the severity of pain and issue being dealt with. At home remedies for pain include:
- Pain relievers
- Massaging the affected area, if not painful to apply pressure
- Applying ice or heat packs
- Avoiding hard and chewy foods
Applying ice to the swollen area will not only help with pain, but also swelling. Place an ice pack on the affected area for 10 minutes and then remove for 20 minutes. Repeat as needed.
Small amounts of blood in your saliva for a day or two after your procedure is common. If you are experiencing bleeding, gently bite on a gauze pad for 30 minutes. If the bleeding persists for more than a couple of days following the procedure, please contact our office.
After Procedure Care
Continue practicing proper oral hygiene to keep the implant and the surrounding area clean. After the procedure, Dr. Wilkinson will discuss flossing and brushing techniques for keeping the implant clean and healthy. Dental implants are used as replacements for teeth, so they should be treated as such. Dr. Wilkinson also recommends that dental implant patients use a WaterPik to keep the new implant clean.