Have you been struggling for far too long with an incomplete smile? This kind of loss can be devastating for not only your appearance, but your oral health, your ability to enjoy your favorite foods, and your overall sense of self-esteem. At White Clay Dental Associates, our team would like to introduce you to a state-of-the-art solution: dental implants. Implants succeed where more conventional tooth replacement services fall short because they replicate the entire natural structure of the original tooth, not just the white crown that sits on top of the gum tissue. To learn more or schedule a consultation with Dr. Bond and Dr. Ganfield, contact our Newark, DE location today.
Tooth loss can occur across a wide spectrum, and our team will be happy to help you determine how to best rebuild your complete, confident smile with the support of modern dental implants and custom-made restorations. Take a look below to learn more:
If only one tooth needs to be rebuilt by our team, pairing a single implant with an all-porcelain, implant-retained crown will likely be the best way to go about it. Unlike a traditional bridge, the crown won’t threaten the health of the surrounding natural teeth, and the finished result will be so seamlessly lifelike that those around you likely won’t even be able to point out the new addition!
While implant-retained crowns can also be successfully used to restore several missing teeth throughout the mouth, our team may recommend an alternative if a multi-tooth gap needs to be filled in: an implant-retained dental bridge. Two implants will be placed on either side of this gap to serve as “anchors” that hold the new restoration sturdily in place. As a result, the biting strength is restored and nearby healthy teeth are no longer able to drift out of their positions.
Contrary to popular belief, many patients missing most or all of their natural teeth can be great candidates for dental implants. Instead of replacing every single missing tooth with its own individual implant (a process that can quickly become very expensive), our dentists will recommend an implant-retained denture that attaches to a small number of strategically angled implants throughout the mouth. This type of denture can be permanently fixed in place or kept removable if a patient is already used to wearing a traditional prosthetic.
Drs. Ganfield and Bond have partnered with Delaware's best specialists for the surgical portion of dental implant treatment. At White Clay Dental, our dentists oversee every aspect of your smile transformation, and we have spared no expense in the partnerships we have established. We will even call your specialist for you, arrange your appointments, and take care of every detail in advance. Our dentists have the advanced training and experience needed to confidently see you through this multi-step process and create an attractive, new smile that can be wholeheartedly relied on. When the surgical portion of the procedure is complete (known as the "placement" phase), you will let the implant posts heal, then return to our office for the beautiful restoration(s).
The process of creating your new smile starts with a consultation in our office, where we’ll work together to determine your smile goals and whether dental implants are the right treatment for you. Next, we’ll discuss every step of the treatment, including any preliminary procedures you may need, the implant placement surgery, and how we’re going to restore your implant. Overall, you can expect your implant journey to last from several months to a year. However, you can also expect to have a beautiful, sturdy smile that can last for decades to come.
When considering dental implants as a viable tooth replacement, cost is an understandable concern. However, it’s important to keep in mind that every patient’s needs are different – that’s why our dentists at White Clay Dental will need to perform a dedicated implant consultation before they can provide a confident price estimate for your particular situation. They will take into account the types of restorations needed, the placement of abutments (connectors), if any health-minded procedures like periodontal therapy are required before treatment begins, and so on.
Rest assured that dental implants are designed to stand the test of time, providing unparalleled durability, aesthetic value, and longevity. Simply put, they are an investment worth making!
Even after reading all about dental implants, you likely still have some questions. After all, implants are a huge investment, and you’ll want to be as prepared as possible before beginning treatment. That’s why we have assembled some of the dental implant questions that we get asked the most frequently and answered them for you below. If you have a dental implant question that you don’t see answered here, feel free to contact us and ask away.
Yes, but there is a higher risk of your body rejecting the implant. The success of your dental implants in Newark depends on your jawbone’s ability to grow around the implant post. Smoking or chewing tobacco slows down the oral healing processes, making your implants more likely to fail. If you have been looking for a reason to quit smoking, getting dental implants would be it. If you’re having trouble quitting, ask one of our dentists for resources. We are here to help you.
Many factors besides smoking can result in implant failure, such as the implant not being placed correctly and the site being unable to heal. The other main reason is infection. If you have infections in your bones or soft tissue, such as gum disease, it’s imperative that you get those dealt with before starting your treatment, to ensure the success of your implants.
The longer you have been missing teeth in Newark, the more likely your jawbone will start to deteriorate due to lack of stimulation from your natural tooth roots. The amount of jawbone mass you have is a crucial factor in the success of your dental implants. If you don’t have much jawbone mass left, your implant is very likely to fail due to not having enough support. A bone graft involves grafting artificial bone material onto your jawbone and allowing it to heal for a few months before your implant procedure can begin. Afterwards, your jawbone should have more than enough strength to support your implants.
Dental implants are designed to easily last for several decades. If you maintain them properly with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups and cleanings, they can even last for the rest of your life. So, although implants might seem like an expensive option up front, keep in mind that they are the only solution to tooth loss that can last for this long without needing to be replaced.
Most patients report only minimal discomfort during the implant placement procedure. Afterwards, you can expect some soreness, as with any type of oral surgery. This can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. Your oral surgeon might also prescribe some more powerful painkillers, depending on how complex your case is. Just remember to only take them as directed on the bottle.