Dental Implants – Chesapeake, VA
We Can Complete Your Smile
Do you need to replace one or more missing teeth? Achieving a full smile is possible with dental implants in Chesapeake. Dr. Craig Estrada and Dr. Charito Mangaya-Estrada are able to offer advanced restorative care to rebuild a functional, beautiful smile. You can achieve results that look and feel natural from one dental office. Unlike most dental practices, we can complete every step of the dental implant process 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. Call us today to begin your journey to a full and complete smile!
Why Choose Estrada Dentistry for Dental Implants?
- Dental Implants Placed & Restored In-House
- Two Dentists with 25+ Years of Experience Each
- 3D Cone Beam Scanner for Precise Implant Placement
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a small biocompatible post that replaces the entire structure of the tooth. An implant post is surgically placed into the jawbone to act as a new root. Once the implant has fused with the existing jawbone, a metal connector piece called an abutment is attached to the implant. The abutment can then be used to support a custom-made restoration, which is carefully crafted to match your natural teeth.
Because dental implants are the only solution to mimic natural tooth roots, they provide a much more stable and secure foundation for your new teeth than dentures or bridges alone. They also eventually become one with your jawbone, allowing them to last for decades or even a lifetime with the right care. That’s why the vast majority of dentists, ours included, believe that dental implants are the best tooth replacement option for most patients.
The 4-Step Dental Implant Process
Getting dental implants can take several months to a year or more, but the benefits this solution offers makes it well worth the wait. At Estrada Dentistry, we are able to perform every step under one roof. Everyone’s dental implant journey differs slightly, but the four basic steps are:
- Initial dental implant consultation – We’ll examine your smile and determine whether you need preliminary procedures before implants.
- Dental implant surgery – Our dentists strategically place your implants in your jaw.
- Dental implant osseointegration/abutment – Over the next few months, the implants fuse with your jawbone, a process called osseointegration. Then, we place your abutments.
- Delivery of dental implant restorations – After you’ve finished healing, we can place your custom crown, bridge, or denture.
Initial Dental Implant Consultation
To start your dental implant journey, you’ll sit down with either Dr. Craig Estrada or Dr. Charito Mangaya-Estrada to discuss the process. The first step will require them to examine your mouth to determine if you have enough bone density in your jaw. This is important because the implant will need strong bone to provide a solid foundation. If it is discovered that you need a bone graft or sinus lift to strengthen your jawbone, this will be completed prior to having your dental implants put into place.
Dental Implant Surgery
Once you’ve been given the green light to move forward with the surgery, your dentist in Chesapeake will make a small incision in your gums. Depending on the number of implants you need, it may be necessary for our dentists to make more than one incision. After exposing your jawbone, they will drill a small hole for the implant.
Remember, prior to the start of any procedure, we will administer the appropriate anesthesia to make sure you are completely comfortable and at ease.
Dental Implant Osseointegration/ Abutment
Once your implants are securely in place, it will require several months of healing before we can move on to the next phase of dental implant placement. You will spend the next three to six months allowing the titanium implant to fuse to your jawbone. This will create the stability needed to keep your new teeth in place for decades or a lifetime.
During this time, you’ll have a temporary crown placed on top of your implant that will help you maintain your appearance. As soon as our dentists feel confident that the healing phase is complete, they will attach abutments to your implants, which will serve to connect the permanent crown.
If you are missing more than one tooth, the abutment will also connect a bridge or denture.
Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations
The final phase of dental implant placement is securing the restoration. Whether you’re receiving a crown, bridge, or denture, these are customized to match your smile, making it almost impossible for anyone to notice a difference. It will blend seamlessly, and once again, you’ll have a fully restored, complete smile you can feel confident about for years to come.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Replacing both the root and the crown of the tooth allows you to advantage of 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.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
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.
Missing One Tooth
If you are replacing a single missing tooth, we use what is called an implant-retained crown. It consists of three main parts: the implant post, an abutment, and a custom-made porcelain crown.
Missing Multiple 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 dental bridge.
Missing All Teeth
We can replace an entire arch of missing teeth with an implant denture. A full denture is anchored to your jawbone using just a few implant posts, so you will never need to worry about slipping or irritation again.
We also offer All-on-4 dental implants, which use just four implant posts to 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.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
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.
Types of Dental Implants
Some cases of tooth loss are more straightforward than others. You could knock out one of your front teeth when you fall down or suffer from sudden facial trauma. In those cases, you’ll just need one dental implant to fix the damage done to your smile. But what if all of your teeth are missing? Obviously, a single post won’t be enough to support an entire denture; you’ll need at least four to six implants to give your teeth adequate support. Essentially, you’ll need to pay for a certain number of implants and a specific kind of dental prosthetic depending how many teeth you’ve lost.
What Are the Stages of Dental Implant Treatment?
You can probably guess that placing dental implants will require multiple appointments; thus, the question when calculating the price of treatment is, “Exactly how many individual procedures do I need to budget for?” After your first consultation, you might need a bone graft or periodontal therapy to restore your oral health. Once the necessary steps have been taken, we can schedule the surgery itself. An abutment will be placed at a later visit, and the placement of prosthetic teeth will be the last step. We’ll walk you through the process and explain what you can expect to pay at each stage.
Are Dental Implants Worth the Investment?
You’ll probably notice that dental implants will initially have a higher cost than traditional dentures or bridges. However, if you choose to undergo the surgery, you’ll enjoy many benefits as a result of your investment. For example:
- Your implant posts will last for decades if well-cared for, meaning you won’t have to pay for new ones every 10 years or so.
- You can eat whatever you want thanks to chewing power that’s almost equal to what your original teeth had.
- You can prevent the bone loss that would normally cause your jaw to break down over time.
- You can easily care for your new teeth simply by brushing and flossing.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
How can your specific insurance plan help you pay for dental implants? Some plans will help pay for the surgery itself as well as the restoration; others offer no coverage for the actual procedure but could still be used to help pay for related treatments that improve your oral health. No matter what the case is, we can help you file all the necessary claims so that you don’t pay more than you need to out of pocket.
Dental Implant FAQs
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 dental 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 dental 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 dental implant surgery painful?
You'll be glad to know that dental 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 dental implants.
How quickly will I heal after the dental implant procedure?
Most patients have swelling and tenderness in the area for anywhere from three to seven 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 two or three days typically involve the most discomfort, it's a good idea to take that time off from work.
Can my dental implants fail?
Your dentist in Chesapeake thrilled that dental 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 six months and brushing and flossing daily 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.
Dental Implant Aftercare
One of the most incredible qualities about dental implants in Chesapeake is their longevity. Provided you take proper care of them, they have the potential to last a lifetime. But how exactly do you take care of dental implants? Luckily, implant care is quick, easy, and uncomplicated. Here are some basic principles that we here at Estrada Dentistry recommend in order to maintain your new smile for decades to come:
Make Oral Hygiene a Priority
One of the most common reasons behind dental implant failure is an infection in the gums known as peri-implantitis. However, keeping your mouth clean can drastically reduce the chances that you’ll succumb to this form of gum disease. Make sure to do the following:
- Brush all of your teeth, including your implant restorations, at least twice a day. Take the time to clean around the gumline as well.
- Floss between your teeth and around your implant abutments at least once daily.
- Rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash every day. This helps kill germs in your soft tissues that your toothbrush and floss can’t reach.
- Follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions to a T. We may suggest personalized at-home treatments, such as cleaning around your implants with an interdental brush or a prescription mouthwash. Diligently following these instructions can help ensure your implant lasts.
Protect Your Dental Implants
Taking precautionary measures to protect your implants (and the rest of your teeth) from damage can save your smile. You should:
- Always wear a mouthguard when you play sports. You can find them at most sporting goods stores, but customized mouthguards from our dentists can provide a more comfortable fit and better protection.
- Ask us for help if you suffer from bruxism, a condition where you involuntarily grind your teeth, especially while sleeping. We can create an appliance called a nightguard for you to wear while sleeping to prevent your top and bottom teeth from making harmful contact.
- Avoid chewing on foods like popcorn kernels, ice, and hard candies. Additionally, don’t chew on hard inedible objects like pen tips of your fingernails.
Schedule Regular Dental Checkups
We highly recommend that patients with dental implants visit their dentist in Chesapeake at least twice a year, if not more often. At these appointments, we can evaluate your implants, restorations, remaining natural teeth, and gum tissue for potential problems early enough that treatment is still relatively simple and affordable. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask us any questions you may have about dental implant aftercare.
Be sure to let us know if you are experiencing any of these problems with your implants:
- Bleeding around an implant
- An implant that feels loose
- Swelling or tenderness around an implant
- Discolored or sore gum tissue surrounding an implant
At Estrada Dentistry, we are more than happy to help you with whatever you need to achieve your healthiest and most beautiful smile. We are well-qualified to place and restore dental implants in Chesapeake and even save a malfunctioning implant whenever we can. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you suspect you have a problem with your implant.