Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed in the jawbone to serve as anchors for replacement teeth. Implant dentistry requires several phases, from surgery to place the dental implants to placement of the restoration. Here at our Wilmington, Delaware, practice, we are able to surgically place as well as restore dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a titanium metal replacement for a root of a tooth that is surgically implanted in the jawbone. As the body heals for approximately two to six months after the surgery, the bone around the implant fuses to the implant through a process called osseointegration. After the healing phase is complete, the implants are used to anchor crowns, bridges, or dentures. Implant dentistry offers several benefits to patients with missing teeth. Dental implants look and feel extremely natural, so you can eat, talk, and smile with confidence. In addition, dental implants preserve facial contours and prevent the bone deterioration that occurs after teeth are lost.
Will it Hurt?
Local anesthetic is used to eliminate any discomfort during the implant placement visit. Most patients report that they did not feel any discomfort and were able to resume normal activities comfortably the day the implant is placed. Alternatively, for our fearful patients, we also offer I.V. Sedation should a patient choose to be sedated for the length of the visit.
What Happens During the Dental Implants Restoration Process?
During the dental implants restoration process at our Wilmington, Delaware, office, an impression is made of the post, which is sent to the dental lab so they can fabricate your custom restoration. When the restoration is complete, you will come in for a final visit, at which time the dentist will adjust the restoration and bond it into place. The final result of implant dentistry is a natural, functional tooth that is virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth. Dental implants can replace a single lost tooth or several missing teeth. If you would like to learn more about implant dentistry at our Wilmington, Delaware, practice, contact New Concept Dental today.