Dental Implants in Wilmington, DE
Losing a tooth can be a traumatic shift in anyone's life. It affects the way you look, but it can also have a negative impact on how you speak, what you can eat, and your self-confidence. Did you know that tooth loss can lead to further tooth loss? When a tooth is lost, the jaw bone surrounding the tooth dissolves because there's no longer a tooth root to anchor it in place. Over time, adjacent teeth will shift towards the gap, affecting your bite and damaging other teeth. Between receding bone and moving teeth, tooth loss is a common occurrence.
When a person loses several teeth, their facial structure may sink or collapse because the jaw deteriorates over time. You may have seen facial sagging in individuals with missing teeth; this can prematurely age someone and alter their appearance and their ability to speak clearly.
Functioning like a replacement tooth root, dental implants fuse or bond with the bone to form a firm and stable foundation for replacement teeth that function, feel, and look just like natural teeth. Ultimately, dental implants restore the beauty and comfort of your natural smile.
If you are in Wilmington and are considering a permanent tooth replacement procedure, please call Justison and Gladnick Family Dentistry today to schedule your dental implant consultation.
Please watch our helpful video below for more information about dental implants.
- What Are Dental Implants?
- How Do I Benefit from Dental Implants?
- The Dental Implant Process
- Caring for Dental Implants
- Dental Implant Consultations in Wilmington
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a natural-looking, permanent tooth replacement option for Wilmington patients with missing teeth. A dental implant is a thin titanium post that your dentist anchors to your jaw bone to act as a tooth root. Unlike dentures, you will never have to worry about your dental implant slipping or falling out. For Wilmington patients who are missing multiple teeth, Dr. Gladnick may recommend an implant-supported bridge without altering neighboring teeth.
Dental implants are made out of titanium, which is a biocompatible metal. The titanium fuses with your bone cells, so your body or natural tissue will not reject it. The material is incredibly durable, so you can expect to keep your implants for life. If your dental crown ever breaks or cracks, your dentist can easily replace the crown and restore your smile to its optimal appearance and function. Because of the sturdiness of the implant material, you never have to worry about bite capacity—feel free to eat all your favorite foods again!
How Do I Benefit from Dental Implants from Justison and Gladnick Family Dentistry?
Dental implants have several benefits, namely that they look and function just like your natural teeth. The root structure of the dental implant coheres to the jaw bone. The titanium post acts as a foundation for the dental crown that restores the tooth. Neither the dental implant nor the dental crown will ever decay, and they will always stay securely in place.
Your dentist can use dental implants to secure dentures, giving you a consistently dependable perfect fit that you can rely on. Another benefit of dental implants is your neighboring teeth don't require any alteration in the restoration process, which is necessary for dental bridges. Best of all, dental implants prevent the bone loss that accompanies tooth loss, and they stimulate bone growth.
Our Wilmington patients enjoy the beautiful, natural look and feel of dental implants. We love how dental implants help heal the damage that tooth loss can inflict on surrounding structures.
The Dental Implant Process at Our Wilmington, DE Office
The dental implant process occurs in several stages.
First, the dentist surgically places a small, titanium post into the jaw bone. It may take up to six months for the bone to grow around the implant post, holding it firmly in position. When your jaw and gums heal, we fit and cement the replacement tooth to the implant post. Dental implants are indistinguishable from natural teeth in shape, size, color, strength, and comfort. No one will ever tell you've had dental work done!
Your dentist can use local anesthesia and perform implant surgery at the dental office. Sometimes, dental implant surgery is an outpatient procedure, and the dentist uses general anesthesia. Your dentist will give you instructions on oral hygiene, diet, and aftercare to ensure the success and health of your newly restored smile.
Do you currently wear dentures? Many patients have expressed displeasure with how dentures can often slip or fall out at inopportune times. Additionally, without a root to support the bone, the jaw bone will recede, which will change the shape of your mouth—requiring the dentist to refit your dentures over time.
Dental implants have revolutionized how we work with dentures. The ultimate goal of well-made dentures is a secure and comfortable fit. However, aging and bone loss can compromise even the best fitting, custom-made dentures.
Now, strategically-placed dental implants can permanently hold a denture in place. Our team works with highly skilled and experienced dental implant and denture specialists in the Pike Creek, Newark, and Wilmington areas.
Whether you are considering dentures for the first time or would like your current dentures to be supported by dental implants, we can give you quality work with high-grade materials, all within a relaxing environment.
Dr. Gladnick is highly skilled in dental implant placement and aftercare, so our Wilmington patients should never feel anxious or stressed about the process. We encourage you to let us know if you feel worried about the procedure. We practice sedation dentistry to ensure absolute comfort and stress relief during any of your dental visits.
Caring for Dental Implants in Wilmington, DE
At Justison and Gladnick Family Dentistry, we cannot recommend dental implants enough for patients looking for permanent tooth restoration. While there are many utilitarian benefits to dental implants, including their appearance and function, we love how simple they are to maintain. The best part about dental implants is that no special treatment is necessary once they are secure in place.
Care and maintenance are as simple as your regular at-home oral hygiene routine. Daily brushing and flossing ensure proper oral health so that your implant and adjacent teeth are never in jeopardy. Dental implants don't require special toothbrushes, adhesives, pastes, or other products, unlike other dental prosthetics.
Along with proper at-home oral care, we recommend regular visits to your Wilmington dentist to track your progress and note any changes. We ensure perfect oral health, but we can also ensure no issues with your dental implant. If you feel like something isn't right or has changed with your dental implant, call our dental office immediately so we can have a look.
Dental Implant Consultations in Wilmington, DE
While there are other alternatives to tooth replacement, a dental implant will feel most like your natural teeth! Call our Pike Creek dental office today for your dental implant examination.
We understand that dental implants aren't the solution for everyone. We can help you determine if a dental implant is right for you. Please call us to schedule your tooth implant consultation with us. We will be able to determine if you have enough existing bone structure to support dental implant placement.