Dental Implants in Pike Creek, DE

Losing a tooth can be a traumatic shift in anyone’s life.

Not only does it affect 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? It’s true; when a tooth is lost, the jaw bone that previously surrounded the tooth melts away with no tooth root left to anchor it. Over time, adjacent teeth will shift towards the gap, which affects your bite and can damage other teeth. Between receding bone and moving teeth, tooth loss is a common occurrence.

When several teeth are missing, the facial structure may collapse as 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 along with their ability to speak clearly.

Functioning like a replacement tooth root, dental 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. If you are in Wilmington and are considering a permanent tooth replacement procedure, please call Drs. Justison and Gladnick today to schedule your dental implant consultation.

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What are Dental Implants?

close up of dental implant l dentist near meDental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option for Wilmington patients who have missing teeth.

A dental implant consists of a thin titanium post that Dr. Gladnick anchors to your jaw bone so that it acts 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 having to alter neighboring teeth.

Dental implants are made out of titanium, which is a biocompatible metal. The titanium fuses with your bone cells and will not be rejected by your body or natural tissue. The material is incredibly durable, which means you can expect to keep your implants for life. If your dental crown ever breaks or cracks, it can easily be replaced. 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 Drs. Justison and Gladnick?

The benefit of dental implants is 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.

Dental implants can be used to secure dentures, giving you a consistently dependable perfect fit that you can rely on. Another benefit is that neighboring teeth do not have to be altered in the restoration process, which is necessary when putting in dental bridges. Best of all, dental implants prevent bone loss that will happen when teeth are missing, 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 Pike Creek, DE Office

woman sitting in dental exam chair l dental implants pike creekA tooth implant procedure is usually accomplished in several 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 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.

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 Dr. Gladnick to refit your dentures over time. Implants are beginning to revolutionize the way we work with dentures. A secure fit is the ultimate goal of 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. 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 are feeling worried about the procedure. We practice sedation dentistry to ensure absolute comfort and stress-relief during any dental visit.

Caring for Dental Implants in Wilmington, DE

older woman with glasses smiling l dental implants wilmingtonAt Drs. Gladnick And Justison, we cannot recommend dental implants enough for patients looking for permanent tooth restoration. While there are many utilitarian befits to dental implants, including their appearance and function, we love how simple they are to maintain. The best part about dental implants is that once in place, no special treatment is necessary.

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, regular visits to your Wilmington dentist are recommended in order to track your progress and note any changes. Not only do we ensure perfect oral health, but we can also make sure there are 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

Dental implants may not be for everyone, and Dr. Gladnick can determine whether or not an implant is appropriate for you. 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.

While there are other alternatives, a dental implant will feel most like your natural teeth! Call our Pike Creek dental office today for your dental implant examination.