Dental Implants

Gentle Dental Care

General Dentists, Cosmetic Dentists, & Family Dentists located in Grand Island, NE

Living with a gap in your teeth left by a missing tooth isn’t a safe option for your oral health, and dentures might not be your answer because of drawbacks like dietary restrictions. At Gentle Dental Care in Grand Island, Nebraska, the skilled dental team provides traditional dental implants and mini implants to restore your smile’s form and function. Call Gentle Dental Care to book your consultation for implants today.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are the strongest option available when it comes to replacing lost teeth. If you lose a tooth and you still have substantial bone below it in your jaw, your dentist at Gentle Dental Care might recommend getting an implant to replace it. 

The implants themselves aren’t the same as the false teeth: Instead, an implant is a screw-like device that is embedded into your jawbone to act as the root of your new tooth. 

The implant fuses with your jawbone as you heal from the initial surgery. This means it essentially becomes a part of your bone structure. Your new crown, which attaches to the implant, stays in place without the chance of coming loose, and you can use it just as you would your natural teeth. An implant can replace a single missing tooth, or several implants may hold a row of dentures.

What types of dental implants are available?

At Gentle Dental Care, the team is proud to offer two kinds of implants to serve a wider portion of the population. Your options are:

Traditional dental implants

Traditional dental implants are the strong, sturdy titanium posts that come to mind first when you think of dental implants. They consist of a post and an abutment piece that attaches to the post. Your false tooth, or crown, fits over the abutment.

Mini implants

Mini implants are simply smaller versions of traditional dental implants that minimize all aspects of the procedure and the devices themselves. That means minimal hardware, minimal pain, and even a lower price. They consist of a titanium post, and your false tooth attaches to the ball on the end of the post.

How should I care for my dental implants?

Caring for your dental implants doesn’t require much more effort than your typical oral care routine. You still have to keep them clean, and your dentist at Gentle Dental Care still expects to see you twice yearly for your regular exams and cleanings. 

Here are some tips for optimizing your implants and the health of your tissues around them:

  • Brush at least twice a day
  • Floss thoroughly at least once a day
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Use a toothpaste that isn’t gritty or abrasive
  • Avoid using your teeth as scissors
  • Don’t chomp down on solid objects

Finally, you must follow any and all additional instructions from your dentist. If your oral health is at risk, for example, your dentist might recommend more frequent visits to Gentle Dental Care to make sure your implant is protected.

For more information about dental implants and mini implants, call Gentle Dental Care today.