Dental Implants Wilmington DE
Drs. Emmi, Graham or Tachanco Answers FAQ’s About Permanent Replacement Teeth
What is a Dental Implant?
- A replacement for a lost tooth or teeth
- A substitute for a dental bridge or removable denture
Dental Implants are designed to replace the loss of a permanent tooth or teeth. There is nothing as good as a healthy natural tooth but a properly placed implant is a very acceptable way to replace the loss of natural teeth.
Why is a Tooth Replacement Needed?
- To maintain bone of jaw
- To hold teeth from shifting and cheeks from sinking in
- Aid in speech and eating
- Improve appearance
The loss of natural teeth starts a domino effect of more tooth loss. Once a tooth is lost the remaining teeth take more mechanical load or wear and break down quicker. The remaining teeth also rotate and tip and that can lead to decay, gum problems, and loss of teeth. The jaw bone has one main function and that is to support teeth. Once the teeth are lost the remaining jaw bone starts to resorb or shrink. As we age, mechanical chewing of food in the mouth decreases, which aids in decreased digestion and nutrition. Dentures are 10x less effective in chewing than natural teeth or implants.
How Do I Get A Tooth Implant? How Do I Qualify For Dental Implants?
We have a Smile Solution for your tooth loss. Contact us and ask our staff for an implant consultation with Dr. Emmi, Dr. Graham or Dr. Tachanco. He will take all necessary radiographs (X-rays) and determine which type of implant your mouth will accept. Call today at Smile Solutions by Emmi Dental Phone Number 302-999-8113 to schedule your appointment!
What Is A Dental Implant Made Of?
The implants we offer have three components that are combined for the final “tooth”. The first is the “fixture” and that is made of titanium and is placed into the jaw as the primary support. After healing, 3-6 months, an impression is taken of fixture and a zirconia (porcelain) abutment and crown is made by a dental laboratory.
Fixture + Abutment + Crown = “A Tooth”
The previous description is the basic procedure for a single tooth replacement. There are many variations depending on the number of teeth needed, location of missing teeth, and type of permanent replacement teeth needed. Dr. Emmi, Dr. Graham or Dr. Tachanco will explain and show you models of the type of implants you have available for your tooth loss situation during your consult.
Do All Dental Implants Succeed? Why Do Some Implants Fail?
The biggest determinants of implant success are the health of the patient, the amount of bone available for an implant, and the experience of the dentist. We will check your health history for contraindications for implants. The two biggest challenges are Diabetes and smoking. The amount of bone will be evaluated based on a special X-ray machine we have at Smile Solutions called a CBCT. Our Cone Beam x-ray will give Drs. Emmi, Graham or Tachanco a 3 dimension view of the area for an implant. Dr. Emmi, Dr. Graham or Dr. Tachanco has studied and placed implants for 10 years, is a Diplomate, at their highest level, with the International College of Oral Implantologist, and has Fellowships from ICOI and The Misch Institute.
Do Dental Implants Hurt?
All this information about titanium placed in jaws et cetera may seem scary and painful but we will explain everything in detail and do our best to make it as comfortable as possible. Most patients experience mild discomfort only for simple implant placement. Please call or email us if you have any questions at all.