Dental Implant Restoration in Lewes, DE

Serving the Lewes, DE community

Losing a tooth is a devastating event for many adults. You may blame yourself or feel discouraged that your teeth are failing you. Remaining teeth hurt because they have to do the job of the lost tooth, and worst of all, you don’t want to smile anymore.

The team at The Dental Group at Carpenter’s Crossing understands the dramatic impact that tooth loss can have on a person’s life. If you are looking for a solution to replace missing teeth in Lewes, DE, our dentists would love to talk to you about the benefits of state-of-the-art dental implants. Tooth implants restore your ability to eat and chew comfortably and regain your confident smile.

Call to Learn More about Dental Implants

Whether you’ve lost a single tooth or have several missing teeth, dental implants at our Lewes, DE dental office may be the solution you need. Please call us at (302) 645-8993 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists to learn more.

What Makes Dental Implants Unique

A dental implant is an artificial titanium tooth root that is positioned surgically in your jaw. This is the secret to the success of dental implants and why they are such a popular choice for replacing missing teeth.

When referring to dental implants, many people are talking about the prosthetic tooth, such as a dental crown, that is attached to the implant. But that’s only the visible, functioning part of the implant.

The secret to the success of dental implants is the part you can’t see. The tooth implants are placed in your jawbone and allowed to heal. When healing is complete, we restore function to the tooth by adding a natural-looking dental restoration such as a dental crown, bridge, or denture.

As the dental implant heals over time, it fuses and becomes one with the bone and tissue that surround it. After it heals, the implant functions just like a natural tooth root. Since it’s so stable in your jaw, the implant forms a secure base to hold a crown, bridge, or denture securely in place.

We use a single dental implant to replace a missing tooth or multiple implants to support a bridge or full or partial denture.

Dental Implants: A Healthy Tooth Replacement Solution

At The Dental Group, we recommend dental implants because they offer so many benefits to our patients. A dental implant is the healthiest solution for tooth loss because it is the only option that closely mimics the form, function, and stability of a natural tooth.

  • When you don’t replace a missing tooth soon after tooth loss, neighboring teeth start to drift and tilt into the open space. Over time, this leads to tooth misalignment and destructive teeth grinding or bruxism.
  • Without a natural tooth root to stimulate regeneration of bone in your jaw, the jawbone starts to shrink and deteriorate. Since dental implants replace a missing tooth root, they not only support adjacent teeth but also help prevent the breakdown of bone in your jaw.
  • Dental implants are the perfect solution because as they heal, they become one with your jaw structure. And since an artificial tooth root supports dental implants, we don't have to involve or alter adjacent teeth as we would with a bridge.

Dentists and patients who have tooth implants agree that they are a remarkable innovation that can change lives. If you would like to learn more about implant dentistry in Lewes, DE, please call The Dental Group to arrange an appointment.

The Dental Implant Process

The first step is to schedule a dental appointment with one of our dentists to evaluate your smile and see if one or more dental implants could help you. A good candidate for dental implant placement has sufficient dense bone available in their jaw into which the dental implant can be secured. 

If you’re a good candidate, we’ll refer you to a specialist in implant dentistry in Lewes, DE, who implants the titanium roots into your jaw. We’ll coordinate the entire process to ensure seamless continuity of care.

After the specialist places the implant in your jaw, we allow it to heal for several months. During this time, a process called osseointegration occurs. As the bone and tissue heal around the dental implant, it becomes part of your dental structure, just as the natural tooth root was.

When the dental implant heals completely, you will return to our Lewes dental office so we can customize a dental prosthetic to restore function to the implant.

Using dental implants, we can:

  • Replace one or more missing teeth
  • Provide support for a bridge or crown
  • Stabilize full dentures or overdentures

Dental implants are a tooth replacement in Lewes, DE that can dramatically improve and enhance your quality of life. Please call us to schedule a dental appointment to learn more.

How Dental Implants Work with Dentures

Full or partial dentures that are supported by dental implants offer the best of both worlds. You have the function and appearance of denture teeth combined with the stability of dental implants. Denture-wearers who make the switch from removable to implant-supported dentures report that there’s no comparison and that their lives are made infinitely easier with implants.

Dental implants do away with one of the most significant drawbacks of dentures, and that’s their tendency to be unstable. You’ve probably heard about or experienced dentures that don’t stay put and cause embarrassment and irritation.

We’ll work with top specialists who will place two to four dental implants in your jaw to secure partial or full dentures. Special attachments added to the dentures correspond to the location of the dental implants in your jaw. When the denture is attached to the dental implants, you have an attractive, well-functioning smile that’s as close to natural teeth as possible.

If you’re dealing with old, ill-fitting dentures, you won’t believe how dental implants can change your life. If your tooth loss is more recent, you owe it to yourself to learn how tooth implants in Lewes, DE can benefit you. Please call us to schedule a dental appointment.

Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Dental implants are so stable because, as they heal, they fuse with surrounding bone and tissue in the jaw. So, to be a candidate, you must have sufficient healthy bone in your jaw to support the dental implants.

Bone loss can occur due to advanced gum disease or tooth loss. However, all is not lost even if we find that you’re not a good candidate for dental implants right now. We'll refer you to a top specialist in our area who will determine if a procedure called bone grafting will help build up the bone in your jaw so you can get a dental implant.

Caring for Your Dental Implant

Your dental implant won’t get a cavity, and the prosthetic teeth (crown, bridge, or denture) won’t get a cavity either. But that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook as far as oral hygiene goes. The biggest threat to the longevity of your dental implant is not tooth decay but gum disease that can destroy the bone that holds it in place.

Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once are more critical now than ever before. You have invested a lot of time, money, and effort into getting your dental implant, so protecting it must be a priority.

Keep up with dental exams and cleanings at least twice a year so your Lewes, DE implant dentist can monitor your gum health. Cleaning around your dental implant is different than cleaning your natural teeth, so our dental hygienist will be happy to demonstrate the proper method. If we find evidence of gum disease at one of these appointments, we can take immediate steps to get it under control before it threatens your dental implant.

Trust Our Skill and Experience

At The Dental Group at Carpenter’s Crossing, we offer our patients the highest standard of world-class dental care in a warm and friendly environment. Our skilled dental team understands that the process of getting a dental implant may seem intimidating. We’ll answer all your questions about dental implants as well as other tooth replacement options like dental bridges and full or partial dentures.

We want you to be confident with the decisions you make, especially when it comes to a commitment like dental implants in Lewes, DE. Our dentists have decades of experience and continue to stay current with all the latest treatments, techniques, and technology.

Please contact our Lewes dental office if you’d like more information about dental implants as well as our other tooth replacement options.