Replace Missing Teeth Permanently
Dental Implants in Wilmington
The science and technology of implants have revolutionized the field of dentistry. Before implants were an option, a patient could only replace missing teeth with dentures, which don’t offer the permanence or stability of an artificial tooth root. If you are missing one or more teeth, Dr. Friberg can give you your smile back and preserve your oral health with beautifully-crafted dental implants.
Single Tooth Implants
Single tooth implants are the most common type of dental implant. In fact, they are so common that the term “dental implant” is often used as a synonym for a single tooth implant. However, an implant is actually the small, screw-shaped post of titanium that is placed into a patient’s gum and jaw bone to mimic a natural tooth root. Titanium is used for implants because it has the unique ability to “osseointegrate” and bond permanently with your bone and oral tissue.
Once the process of healing and osseointegration is complete, Dr. Friberg will create a dental crown (false tooth) that attaches permanently to your implant. This two-part restoration is designed to look and feel completely natural, and they can easily last 30+ years with proper care. If you want to replace missing teeth with a permanent option, call us today to schedule a consultation.
The Placement & Restoration Process
The entire dental implant process usually takes around 3-6 months, but typically only requires two appointments. At your first appointment, Dr. Friberg will clean and numb the treatment area, and create a small opening in your gums and jaw bone. Then, the dental implant will be placed inside the opening, and the area will be cleaned and sutured shut. After this, you’ll be sent home to heal.
The surgical site usually heals in just a few weeks, but the process of osseointegration, which bonds the implant permanently to your gum and jaw bone, can take between 3-6 months. During this time, Dr. Friberg will design your custom dental crown. This crown will be permanently attached to the implant once osseointegration is complete, and when it is affixed, it will look and feel just like a natural tooth.
Am I A Good Candidate For Dental Implants?
If your mouth is healthy and free of major oral issues like tooth decay and gum disease, you may be a good candidate for dental implants. However, implants also require a jaw that is strong enough to support the procedure. To find out if you’re a good candidate for implant surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Friberg today! We would feel honored to be a part of your journey to a complete, confident smile.