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How Dental Implants Work – Chesapeake, VA

A Natural, Permanent Tooth Replacement Solution

A dental implantDental implants in Chesapeake are considered one of the most popular tooth replacement solutions available. At Estrada & Estrada, PC, our team can rebuild and restore your smile, so it is natural, beautiful, and fully functioning. From the consultation to placement, the entire procedure is performed under one roof. Whether you’re preparing for your upcoming dental implant placement or you’re still considering them as a tooth replacement option, we’ve provided an in-depth explanation of the dental implant process. If you’re ready to get started, call us to schedule a consultation today!

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

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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. 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

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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. 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

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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 3 to 6 months allowing the titanium implant to fuse to your jawbone. This will create the stability needed to keep your dental implants 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.

Placement of Dental Implant Restorations

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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.