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Dental Implants in Chesapeake

A Versatile Tooth Replacement Option for Chesapeake

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Do you need to replace one or more missing teeth? Achieving a full smile is possible with traditional restorative services, but their functionality can be limited. That’s why Estrada Dentistry offers advanced restorative care with dental implants. With this versatile service, you can achieve results that look and feel natural. And, because we’re equipped to handle both phases of the procedure, unlike most dental practices, we can complete your entire treatment under one roof instead of referring you to an outside specialist.

What are Dental Implants?

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

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

Dental Implant Placement

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Treatment with dental implants occurs in two major stages. In the first stage, our Chesapeake dental team will surgically place one or more implant posts into your jawbone. How many implants we place will depend on how many teeth you’re restoring. With dental implants, there’s an incredible amount of versatility; you can replace a single tooth, a few teeth, or even an entire row of teeth. Once your implants are in place, we’ll then give them time to bond with your jawbone, which can take a few months.

Dental Implant Restorations

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In the second stage of treatment, known as the restoration phase, we will attach your customized crown, bridge, partial, or full denture to your exposed implant post(s). Most dental offices can help you with the restoration phase, but few specialize in placement and restoration. That’s what sets us apart. At Estrada Dentistry, you never have to see an outside dentist; you can have your entire procedure completed by the team you already know and trust.

Dental Implants Crowns & Bridges

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If we’re replacing a single tooth, we'll use what is called an implant-retained crown. This will consist of three main parts: the implant itself, a custom-made porcelain crown, and an abutment. The crown will be connected to the implant and supported by the abutment, after which it should look and feel just like your natural teeth.

In the case of a few missing teeth in a row, we can place two implant crowns on either side of the gap and attach them to prosthetic teeth to close it, creating an implant-retained bridge.

All-on-4 Implant Dentures

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If you're missing an entire arch of teeth — the top, bottom, or both — All-on-4 implant-retained dentures are an excellent option. You do not need an implant for each missing tooth with All-on-4! Instead, four dental implants are placed at the top of your mouth (or the bottom) to restore your smile to its natural form and function. Permanently fixed dentures have several advantages, with the most obvious being the lifelike appearance and mechanics of your new smile. Talk, sing, eat, laugh and enjoy life again in complete confidence — all without ever needing to worry about denture adhesive or changing your eating habits.