Dental Implants in Wilmington, DE
When a tooth is lost, the bone that previously surrounded the tooth melts away. When several teeth are missing, the facial structure may collapse as the jaw deteriorates over time. Acting like substitute tooth roots, implants bond with the bone to form a stable foundation for permanent replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Dental implant treatment restores the beauty of your natural smile.
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The advantage of dental implants is that they function like your own teeth. A dental implant has a "root" in the form of a post that is inserted into your gum and the bone. It will hold the replacement crown securely in place and will never decay. Dental implants can also be used to anchor dentures, giving you a stable, tight fit and confidence in your smile. Another advantage is that adjacent teeth do not have to be involved in the replacement procedure. In addition, implants help to prevent bone loss that occurs when teeth are missing.
A tooth implant is accomplished in stages. First, a post is surgically inserted into the gum and jaw bone. In can take up to six months (or less) for the bone to grow around the implant and hold it firmly in place. When the healing is complete, the replacement tooth or crown portion of the tooth (the part that you actually see) is fitted to the implant. Once it is cemented in place, no one will able to distinguish it from your natural teeth.
Implant surgery can be easily accomplished right in the dental office using a local anesthesia. Sometimes the procedure is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Antibiotics are sometimes, but not always prescribed to guard against infection. However, your dentist will instruct you on the optimal diet and oral hygiene that will ensure the success of your implant.
Implants are beginning to revolutionize the way we look at dentures. A secure fit is the ultimate goal in all well-made dentures. However, advancing age and bone loss can compromise even the best fitting dentures. Now, strategically placed implants can be used to hold a denture in place permanently, giving the patient a confident fit. We work closely with highly gifted specialists in the Newark, Pike Creek, and Wilmington areas who surgically place the implants prior to your appointment with us to fabricate and place your denture.
Implants are not for everyone, and Dr. Gladnick can determine whether or not an implant is appropriate for you. While there are other alternatives, an implant will feel most like your natural teeth!