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Dental Implants – Chesapeake, VA

Complete Your Smile with Dental Implants

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Do you need to replace one or more missing teeth? Achieving a full smile is possible with dental implants in Chesapeake. Estrada Dentistry offers advanced restorative care to rebuild a functional, beautiful smile. You can achieve results that look and feel natural from one dental office. We are equipped to handle both phases of the procedure, unlike most dental practices, so we can complete your entire treatment under one roof instead of referring you to an outside specialist. No matter if you are missing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch, we have the solution for you.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

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Traditional dental prosthetics are attached using crowns, clasps, brackets, or adhesives. With dental implants, the replacement teeth are held in place using small titanium posts that mimic the natural tooth roots, leading to more secure and stable results.

Why is this significant? It is because tooth roots have two important jobs: the first is anchoring the teeth in place and the second is promoting the growth of new bone tissue in the jaw. When you lose a tooth, you also lose the root. As a result, the jaw loses bone over time. Dental implants can help you save and support your jaw by promoting tissue growth in addition to giving your smile a solid new foundation.

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Benefits of Dental Implants

single tooth implant

Replacing both the root and the crown of the tooth allows you to advantage from various benefits that cannot be achieved using traditional prosthetics, including:

  • Over a 95% success rate.
  • Look natural with all-ceramic material.
  • Regain as much as 70% of your biting force.
  • Preserve your jawbone.
  • Improve your oral health.
  • Does not permanently alter healthy teeth.
  • Protects your facial structures.
  • Easy maintenance and care.
  • Potential to last for decades.
  • Cost-effective.

Indications for Dental Implants

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Your dentist in Chesapeake can treat all cases of tooth loss if you are a candidate for the procedure. Depending on how many teeth you are missing, your treatment process varies slightly.

Single Missing Tooth

If you are replacing a single missing tooth, we use what is called an implant-retained crown. It consists of 3 main parts: the implant post, an abutment, and a custom-made porcelain crown.

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Multiple Missing Teeth

In the case of a few missing teeth in a row, we can place two implant posts on either side of the gap and attach them to a bridge.

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Missing All Teeth

You can replace an entire arch of missing teeth with an implant-retained denture. Your denture is anchored to your jawbone using implant posts, so you will never need to worry about slipping or irritation again.

All-On-4 Implant Dentures

All-On-4 implant-retained dentures are an excellent option to treat an entire arch. Each tooth is not replaced individually. Instead, 4 implant posts restore your smile to its previous form and function. The denture is permanently fixed to give you a lifelike appearance and mechanics of a natural smile. You can enjoy life again with confidence without ever needing to worry about denture adhesive or changing your eating habits.

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Cost of Dental Implants

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There are various factors that influence how much you will pay for dental implants because the price is determined by your individual treatment plan, such as how many teeth you are treating. We work on your behalf with your insurance company to lower the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket. We accept a variety of payment options to keep your new smile affordable.

With dental implants, you make a long-term investment in your confidence and your oral health using a solution that can last for a lifetime. If you are ready to complete your smile, contact our office today to schedule your consultation.

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Dental Implant FAQs

An implant, abutment, and crown

By now, most people have heard about the many benefits of dental implants. But, unless you've already had the procedure done in the past, it's completely understandable to have a few questions about it! At Estrada Dentistry, we both place and restore dental implants in Chesapeake and have helped countless patients enjoy a full, complete smile after tooth loss. Below, you'll find answers to several implant FAQs, but don't hesitate to contact us if there's anything else you'd like to know.

I Lost My Teeth a Long Time Ago and Think I Might Have Bone Loss In My Jaws. Will implants Still Work For Me?

In many cases, yes! There are multiple procedures such as a bone graft or sinus lift that can restore your jaws prior to having implant surgery. While these procedures add several months to the total treatment time, they're well worth it because they allow people who wouldn't otherwise be good candidates to get dental implants. To determine whether you need one of these preliminary procedures, we'll closely evaluate your jawbone density with detailed images before making a recommendation.

Is Implant Surgery Painful?

You'll be glad to know that implant surgery isn't nearly as painful as people expect. In fact, if you've ever had an extraction, you can expect about the same level of discomfort. In addition, rest assured that we make your comfort a top priority and will completely numb the area before we begin. We also have sedation options so that even anxious patients can comfortably get implants.

How Quickly Will I Heal After the Procedure?

Most patients have swelling and tenderness in the area for anywhere from 3-7 days. This is easily managed with over-the-counter pain medication and good aftercare at home (we'll discuss instructions in detail at your visit). And since the first 2-3 days typically involve the most discomfort, it's a good idea to take that time off from work.

Will My Dental Implants Fail?

As a dentist in Chesapeake, we're thrilled that implants have a success rate of over 97% (for non-smokers). But, while your implants can't get cavities, they can fail for other reasons:

  • Gum disease – Implants are similar to the rest of your teeth because they must be surrounded by healthy gum tissue for strength and support. If you develop gum disease around an implant, it's at risk for becoming loose and failing at some point.
  • Poor oral hygiene - By getting professional cleanings every 6 months and doing well with brushing and flossing at home, you'll keep your implant clean and healthy.
  • Smoking – Since smokers aren't always able to heal properly after implant surgery, their success rate is significantly lower at around 85%.
  • Clenching and grinding – If you clench and grind at night, it's a good idea to wear a nightguard to protect your implant.