Those who have suffered from a missing tooth know just how much it can affect your everyday life. Aside from the immediate misfortune of suddenly being embarrassed to smile or even talk, a missing tooth can also affect your diet, your speech, and the way others perceive you. That’s why replacing a missing tooth is incredibly vital. At Evergreen Dental Group, we offer dental implant crowns in Omaha, NE for patients who need a natural looking and beautiful way to restore their smile.
Dental implants are an incredibly effective tooth replacement solution. This procedure requires placing a screw-shaped, titanium “implant” deep into the jawbone. This structure acts as the new, prosthetic tooth root and is what sets this procedure apart from all other tooth replacement options. The implant fuses and becomes one with the natural bone, which makes the treatment last a lifetime.
At Evergreen Dental Group, we work with a specialist who places the implant while we provide the patient with a beautiful, customized dental implant restoration in Omaha, Nebraska.
What is the implant restoration?
The restoration of a dental implant is simply the crown or the visible portion of the tooth. This prosthetic crown attaches to the end of the implant. Because they are the only visible part of the entire structure, it is incredibly important that the crown is not only beautiful, it must also be natural looking and match the size, shape and shade of the surrounding teeth. Dr. McCaslin offers our patients the unparalleled technology of CEREC dental implant restorations in Omaha, Nebraska.
What are CEREC restorations?
CEREC restorations are crowns that are designed and created on the spot by advanced machines. These machines have the ability to design an entirely new crown that matches the appearance of the surrounding teeth. The design is digital and is sent to a “milling unit”, where the customized restoration is quickly and accurately molded from a block of ceramic material. This material is durable, long lasting and produces an extremely natural looking prosthetic tooth.
While the traditional crown process requires two office visits, lab work and can take up to three weeks, our Omaha, NE implant restorations take one single appointment with our CEREC technology.
What is the entire process of dental implants?
When a patient chooses dental implants, they must first check with Dr. McCaslin to be sure that they are a good candidate for the process. Because the process requires several surgeries, adequate bone in the jaw to place the implant and a patient who is in good health, not everyone is a candidate. We offer other services that you may be better suited for if this is the case.
Once Dr. McCaslin completes the initial consultation and determines that the patient is a good candidate, the first stage of the procedure is to place the implant. For this process, we refer out to a specialist who will complete the follow steps:
Placing the Implant
Placing the implant requires anesthesia to numb the entire area of the implant site. First, the specialist will drill the prosthetic root into the jawbone. Once the implant is secured into the jawbone, the patient must wait several weeks or months for osseointegration to take place. Osseointegration is the process of the titanium implant fusing with the bone. Once this occurs, the implant is as secure, if not more so, than a natural tooth root.
Attaching the Abutment
After osseointegration, the periodontist will expose the tip of the implant through a tiny incision in the gum line. Then, he attaches an “abutment” to the top of the implant. The abutment is used to connect the crown to the implant and must, therefore, extend out beyond the gum line.
Placing the Implant Restoration with Dr. McCaslin
Dr. McCaslin is proud to offer his patients the best when it comes to implant crowns in Omaha, Nebraska. Because he uses the CEREC technology, our patients come in once and have their restorations placed within one sitting! We have over 17 shades of ceramic material to perfectly match the shade of your natural teeth and to create a realistic prosthetic tooth. It is important to note that dental restorations are not affected by whitening services. Therefore, if you wish to undergo whitening, do so before placing dental implants so that we can match the restoration to your whiter smile.
Traditionally, having a crown placed meant two separate office visits, messy impressions and up to three weeks of wearing a temporary crown while you wait for your permanent restoration. However, we cut this process down to one appointment.
If you have been wanting to replace a missing tooth, trust our team at Evergreen Dental Group for your dental implants. We work with our highly experienced and trusted periodontist for your implant placement and then we finish the entire procedure with your beautiful, customized crown that will leave your smile looking better than it did before. For more information on this process or to schedule your consultation with Dr. McCaslin, visit our office or call us today at (402) 493- 4040.