Restoring the Foundation of Your Smile
Dental Implant Surgery Wilmington
Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically implanted into the jawbone to mimic the function of a natural tooth root. If you are missing one or more teeth, and are exploring restorative options, we encourage you to learn more about dental implant surgery. Our Wilmington dental team both places and restores dental implants. Schedule a consultation with Emmi Dental Associates today to learn more about this surgery and how it can benefit you for many years to come.
Planning Dental Implant Surgery
The first step in every restorative treatment is to evaluate the health of the gums, jaws, and teeth. Patients should have enough jaw bone mass to support the dental implants. Some patients who have waited to address missing teeth may have lost some bone mass in the jaw, and may need to undergo bone grafting surgery before they can receive implants. A series of x-rays will determine the very best position for the patient's dental implants. Placement is very important during dental implant surgery to ensure that the implants stay firmly in place and last for many years.
The Process of Dental Implant Surgery
Video: Dental ImplantsWe 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. Enlarge Video View All Videos
Placing dental implants requires two surgical procedures separated by about three to six months of healing time. During the first surgery, a local anesthetic will be applied to the gums. Next, an incision is made in the gums, granting access to the jaw bone. A small pilot hole is drilled into the bone, and the threaded dental implant is inserted. Next, the gum is stitched closed over the implant, completing the initial surgery. The implant will begin to fuse to the jawbone in a process called osseointegration. Osseointegration is key to the success of this surgery. Nicotine can inhibit the ability of the bones to heal, which is why non-smokers make better candidates for dental implant surgery.
Once your dentist has verified that the osseointegration process is complete, you will undergo a second surgery. Once again, a local anesthetic is applied to the gums. An incision is placed in the gums, exposing the implant. Your dentist will attach a special abutment piece to the implant, and this will connect directly to your crown, bridge, or dentures. Your gums will be stitched closed around the abutment, leaving it exposed above the gum line. Once your gums have fully healed, we can begin the process of crafting your custom restoration. In the meantime, we can provide temporary restorations.
Living with Implants
Your implants depend on the health and strength of your jaw for their foundation. Meanwhile, the integrity of your jaw depends greatly on the health of your teeth and gums. Therefore, maintaining a thorough daily routine of oral hygiene practices is imperative to your recovery and the ongoing benefits of this procedure. You should also maintain a schedule of visiting your dentist for general checkups at least every six months.
Contact Us Today
For more information on dental implant surgery, or to learn more about our other restorative dentistry treatments, contact our office today.