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Quality Dental Implant Restorations in Council Bluffs

middle aged couple smilingIf you have one or more missing teeth, you may find it challenging to eat, speak, or smile with confidence. At Associate Dentists PC in Council Bluffs, IA, we can help restore your smile and oral health with dental implants. From your initial consultation to your custom restoration placement, we take great care to provide specialized treatment and attentive care. Our team is here to help you achieve a healthy and long-lasting smile.

Our experienced dentist has been providing exceptional dental restorations since 1986. We offer various implant restoration options, from a single implant to a full arch. Our entire dental team is focused on delivering comprehensive treatment with maximum comfort. If you live in Council Bluffs, Omaha, Missouri Valley, or any surrounding areas, contact Associate Dentists PC today to schedule a consultation!

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What Are Dental Implants and How Do They Work?

dental implant and crown restorationDental implants are restorations designed to replace missing teeth from roots to crown. A dental implant has three parts: the implant post, the abutment, and the final custom restoration. Dr. Pinkham will examine your case, and if you qualify, he will refer you to an oral surgeon for placement.

Since the body accepts the titanium implant post, it will fuse naturally with the living tissue and bone. This bonding process is referred to as osseointegration and is essential for creating a permanent bond with your jawbone. Dr. Pinkham will examine your case, and if you qualify, he will refer you to an oral surgeon for placement.

Once the implant post has fully bonded and healed, our dentist will attach the abutment to the implant post, ensuring that it rests just above the gumline. This tiny, screw-like piece is what connects your dental implant post to your new prosthetic. Your restoration can be a fully customized crown, denture, or bridge, depending on your tooth replacement needs.

Do I Qualify for Dental Implants?

happy group of woman friendsAs long as you have a healthy jaw and gums, you could be a good candidate for dental implants. Implants need healthy gum tissue, free of infections or inflammation, to allow proper fusing. A healthy jawbone is dense enough to hold the dental implant posts for several years, even decades.

Severe gum disease, genetics, and prolonged tooth loss can cause a weak jawbone. Fortunately, our dentist can help increase your chances for successful implant treatment by recommending pre-implant procedures such as bone grafts.

Pre-Implant Procedures for Treatment Success

Regardless of the cause of your tooth loss, Dr. Pinkham can identify which treatments you need before you receive dental implants. The three common pre-implant procedures include:

  • Bone Grafts: This treatment can improve bone mass and volume to hold the implant securely. We will refer you to a skilled oral surgeon who will add donor or synthetic material into the areas needing strengthening.
  • Sinus Lift: Also known as sinus augmentation, this surgical procedure adds bone to your upper jaw in the space between your jaw and the sinuses. The treatment creates sufficient room for the dental implant to be placed.
  • Extractions: In some cases, the oral surgeon will perform an extraction and bone grafting in one procedure. After the area has healed, your implant post is placed.

Does an Implant Need Special Care?

It is essential to keep your teeth clean and free of destructive bacteria and plaque to ensure your dental implant's longevity. Bacteria and plaque buildup can cause infection in the tissues around your dental implant and lead to problems. Here are a few tips to help you take care of your implants at home:

  • Clean your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristle toothbrush
  • Use a low-abrasive, tartar-control toothpaste
  • Brush gently around the implant crown
  • Use a nylon coated interdental brush to clean hard-to-reach places
  • Floss daily with unwaxed tape or implant-specific floss
  • Use an antimicrobial mouthwash

Overall, dental implants require the same treatment as your natural teeth. Follow a good dental hygiene routine regularly and visit Associate Dentists PC for professional cleaning at least twice every year.

High-Quality Implant-Supported Restoration Options

After your implant is surgically placed, you will need some time to heal. Once healed, you'll return to our Council Bluffs dental office so we can place your new and personalized restoration. Our implant-supported restorations include:

Crowns – Implant-supported crowns are perhaps our most popular method for restoring a single missing tooth. When affixed to a single implant, a dental crown can completely restore a lost tooth. Crowns supported by implants prevent other teeth from shifting out of position and support your jawbone health.


Bridges – A dental bridge can be supported by two implants to permanently fill the space created by several teeth missing in a row. Bridges also help restore chewing and biting function and dental aesthetics.


Dentures – Implant-supported dentures use four to six implant posts to support custom prosthetics. These dentures are typically fixed in place, meaning that you will not need to take them off at night. However, our dentist can remove them if needed. Partial dentures can replace multiple teeth in different configurations. Dentures supported by implants offer superior stability and function.

Our implant-supported restorations are the next best thing to a natural tooth in terms of convenience and aesthetics. They help stimulate your jaw, keep a youthful appearance, and prevent your other teeth from shifting.

How Much Does Dental Implant Treatment Cost?

woman laughingThe cost of dental implant restoration can vary depending on the number of implants you need, the kind of prosthetic, and whether you require any preliminary treatments such as bone grafts or gum disease treatment. Dental implants offer a reliable solution to missing teeth, so they are often worth the investment.

Our team will review all your implant restoration options and help you with insurance and financing.

Personalized Dental Implant Restorations in Council Bluffs

Whatever dental issues you might be experiencing, you don't have to live with them. At Associate Dentists PC, our compassionate and caring staff is here to help you enjoy your best smile. We offer care personalized for your unique situation and an encouraging and friendly environment. Contact our Council Bluffs, IA, office today to get started!

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