Implant Dentistry

Dental Implants - Wilmington, NC

Do You “Miss” Your Teeth? We Can Replace Them—Beautifully!

It’s devastating to lose even one tooth. If you’ve lost several teeth or even all of your teeth due to trauma or disease, it impacts everything you do. Eating and talking can be a daily challenge. Dentures are one solution but they come with their own drawbacks. At Phelps Family Dentistry, we’ve helped many patients rediscover what it feels like to have their natural teeth when they have dental implants placed. Dental implants are a tooth replacement method that gives you all the appearance and function of your natural teeth. Because the implants are placed into the actual jaw bone, they replace and act as your own tooth roots.

The bone is there to support the tooth; when you lose teeth you lose bone. Dental Implants replace teeth and maintain bone, thereby maintaining your facial structure and preventing you from premature aging.

The Dental Implant

Process

Dental implants are surgically anchored into the bones of your jaw. Your own bone tissue grows around the implants so they become fused into the jawbone, replacing the root from your lost tooth. and they function as the root of your original tooth.

With Phelps Family Dentistry’s focus on comfort and convenience, your implant can be placed in the comfort of our office, rather than having you coordinate your treatment with a specialist. Once the implanted post heals, we are able to complete the restoration in the office and send you on your way with a brand new smile!

Place and Restore Implants

At Phelps Family Dentistry, your implant procedure can be completed in its entirety at our comfortable office. The implant “posts” will be surgically implanted into your jaw. Once your mouth has healed, and the implants have begun fusing to your jawbone, Dr. Dan and Dr. Lisa will have crowns made that will be attached to the titanium implants. They’re made of porcelain and they’ll give you a beautiful, natural-looking smile!

Dental implants are nearly permanent. With dental implants, you can eat, drink, bite, chew, and most importantly, smile!

Implant-Retained Dentures

Dental implants with porcelain crowns aren’t always appropriate. Another option for patients who have lost teeth is called implant-retained dentures. They’re a major upgrade from regular dentures.

You will have 2-4 titanium implants strategically placed in your jaw. Instead of a piece to fit a crown, the implants have half of a snap mechanism on top of them. Your dentures will have the corresponding part of the snap mechanism as well. When the dentures are snapped onto the implants, they fit much more snugly and function more like real teeth than regular dentures or partials can.

Because they have a closer and tighter fit, you don’t have to worry about your dentures slipping when you’re eating. Better-fitting dentures will also stimulate your jawbone when you’re eating and help maintain the strength of the bone tissue.

Bone Grafting

When you’re having any kind of tooth replacement treatment, it generally means some of your natural bone tissue has been lost. To help facilitate healing and restoration of bone tissue, bone grafting may be needed.

This is not a drastic process! We use bone grafts that have been formed in a laboratory from a variety of materials that include animal tissue and other nutrient-rich fibers. The bone graft helps restore any lost bone tissue and promote healing. The faster your own bone tissue heals, the fewer complications you’ll have from the loss of bone tissue and the weakening of your natural bone structure.

Technology

All of these marvelous new treatments require incredible skill and training from your dentist, which you get with Dr. Lisa and Dr. Dan Phelps. It also takes technology to be able to do these procedures so the actual process can be performed quickly with minimal trauma to the patient. One such piece of technology includes the CBCT – VaTech i3D Smart imaging. 3-D images give us a complete representation of your mouth, just like if we’d taken a mold to create a replica of your teeth and jaws.

With detailed 3D images, we can plan your implants in extreme detail so your new teeth fit together to chew, talk, swallow, and smile naturally, with optimal form and function.