Dental Implants

Long-Lasting Tooth Replacement Solution

Dental implants restore your tooth function following tooth loss or damage. The artificial tooth replacement anchors to your jawbone and is designed to be long-lasting.

A natural looking solution for tooth loss

Your dental implant creates a new tooth root. Following a healing period a dental crown is placed to create the visible portion above your gum line and to restore your chewing function.

Strong, stable support

Your dental implant functions independent of your surrounding teeth. It can also be used to stabilize your denture if necessary.

Contact your dentist in Wilmington about tooth replacement with dental implants.

Dental Implants

Frequently Asked Questions

Are dental implants right for me?

You may qualify for dental implants if you have missing, broken or severely decayed teeth and are in relatively good overall health. The only way of determining your eligibility for implants is to consult with an oral care provider to identify whether you have adequate bone support and healthy gums that will support the new tooth structure.

What should I expect if my dentist and I decide dental implants are right for me?

The placement of dental implants is a multi-step process that typically takes between 6 and 9 months to complete. It begins with a surgical procedure during which a titanium rod is placed where a previous natural tooth root once was. The gums are sutured shut over the implant, where is will stay for several months while it heals and begins fusing with the surrounding bone. Due to the nature of implant placement and its average procedure time of between 1 and 2 hours, you’ll be sedated and/or anesthetized for the duration of the treatment. At the conclusion of the healing period, you’ll return to be fitted for permanent crowns and have them placed.

What type of post-treatment care will I require?

It is normal to experience some discomfort, including bruising and swelling following a dental implant procedure. However, inflammation and pain may be managed with over-the-counter medications, hydrocodone, or codeine. You may be asked to eat only soft foods for approximately 2 weeks until the surgical site heals.