Dental Implants Can Renew Function and Aesthetics

woman smilingLosing your natural teeth can affect more than just the appearance of your smile. Bone loss, movement of your remaining teeth, and difficulty chewing and speaking can all result from the absence of teeth. At Smile Solutions by Emmi Dental Associates, we can restore the health and appearance of your smile with dental implants. During your consultation at our Wilmington, DE, practice, your dentist will assess your teeth, gums, and jaw to determine if dental implants are a good option for you. Once they are placed, implants provide excellent support for restorations such as crowns, bridges, or dentures. Our advanced tooth-replacement solutions will allow you to talk and eat normally again while boosting your self-confidence. Contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey J. Emmi, Dr. Laura Dougherty, or Dr. Jeff Bartoshesky and learn more about how dental implants can restore your smile and your quality of life.

Determining Your Candidacy 

Whether you are missing one, several, or even all of your natural teeth, you may be a candidate for dental implants. To begin your evaluation, your doctor will perform a comprehensive exam, including x-rays and 3-D imaging. Since the ideal candidate is in good overall health, your doctor will also thoroughly review your medical history to determine if you should undergo the procedure.

Good oral health is also required. Your doctor may wish to treat any periodontal issues you may have before proceeding with the placement of dental implants. Periodontal treatments such as root planing and scaling or gum grafting may be recommended.

In addition to having healthy gums, you must have adequate jaw bone structure to support dental implants. If you do not have a strong or dense enough jaw, you may require bone grafting surgery. Bone grafting involves placing natural or synthetic bone in the treatment area. This added bone provides the strength necessary to support dental implants. Your doctor will carefully assess your unique case to determine if bone grafting is necessary prior to placing dental implants.

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We offer dental implants at Smile Solutions, which replace missing teeth using a titanium post that replaces the tooth root. Our Wilmington offices can restore dental implants with beautiful, high-quality prostheses that are long-lasting. Our prostheses also blend naturally to match patients' natural teeth, and can help strengthen weakened jaw bone, among other benefits.

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Placement of Dental Implants

Dental implant surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia, however, other forms of sedation may be used, depending on your needs. Each implant consists of a titanium-based post, which is firmly secured in the jawbone where it replaces your missing tooth root and creates an anchor point for attaching the restoration. After it is placed in the jaw, the implant will integrate with the bone through a process called osseointegration. After about three to six months following surgery, your doctor can begin fitting you for custom restorations. You may wear a temporary restoration during this period, especially if your implant was placed in a visible area, such as the front of your mouth. It is very important that you refrain from smoking, especially during the healing period. 

Why Choose Implant-supported Restorations

The benefits of dental implants are numerous. Dental implants not only provide a stable base for a variety of restorations, but they also stimulate the jaw bone and preserve your oral health. This prevents further degeneration, keeping your smile healthy and strong. Implant-supported dentures, partial dentures, and bridges are much more stable than traditional restorations, which are held against the gums with adhesive or using the support of adjacent teeth. Because titanium is a completely biocompatible metal, there is no risk of the immune system rejecting the implant.

Implant-supported restorations tend to be more comfortable than removable prostheses. Patients no longer have to worry about removing, cleaning, and re-affixing their denture or partial denture. Implant-supported restorations also offer patients added confidence when speaking and eating since they eliminate concern about the dental prosthetics slipping out of place.

Implants are extremely durable and can last for a lifetime with proper care. The life of your implant-supported restoration can be extended through daily dental care, including brushing and flossing. Regular exams and cleanings are also important for protecting your dental implants since your dentist can ensure their integrity with tools like x-rays. If your restorations need to be replaced, this is a simple process and does not require surgical alteration of the implant post.

Types of Dental Implants

There are different types of dental implants available at Smile Solutions by Emmi Dental Associates.  Our team will help you determine which type of implant is best for the structure of your jaw and the type of restoration you will ultimately receive.

Recovery after Dental Implants Placement

Recovery after dental implant placement usually involves some level of temporary discomfort. Pain medicine may be recommended to minimize any pain. Temporary bleeding and swelling usually occur most prominently in the first 24-48 hours following surgery. Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic to minimize the chance of infection, and it is important that patients complete their entire prescription. You will temporarily be required to consume only soft foods. Your doctor will give you detailed post-operative instructions about the transition from consuming soft foods to consuming solid foods again.

Cost of Dental Implants

The cost of dental implants varies from patient to patient. Cost factors include the type of implant you receive, as well as the number of posts required. If you undergo preparatory procedures, such as bone grafting or periodontal treatments, this will increase your total treatment cost. The type of restoration that you receive will affect the total cost of treatment with dental implants. We will take all the time necessary to explain the various factors that influence the cost of dental implants and accompanying restorations with you. Financing options like CareCredit℠ can help break the price of your care into low monthly payments.

Learn More During a Consultation

Our dental team places and restores dental implants with personalized attention and experienced care. If you are interested in learning more about how we can use dental implants to restore your smile, our team provides answers to frequently asked questions. During a consultation, we will answer additional questions you may have about the procedure itself, the costs associated with it, and what to expect during recovery. Even if you have anxiety about undergoing the implant procedure, we can work with you to help manage your discomfort during the procedure and minimize your pain following surgery. Contact us to learn more about how we can restore your smile with permanent tooth replacements that look and feel like natural teeth.

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