What exactly is dental implant?

A dental implant actually refers to a threaded titanium screw that is surgically implanted into the jaw bone. This small metal post is placed just below the gum to serve as a tooth root substitute. Once implanted, it will require 3-6 months to heal and fuse with your jaw bone. Then a small piece called an abutment is connected to the implant. The dental restoration (a dental crown, a dental bridge or a denture) will connect to the abutment.

Do I qualify for dental implants?

Dental implants are for people who are missing one tooth or who are missing several or all their teeth. Adequate jawbone structure is required for implants. Chesapeake, VA dentist, Dr. John C. Cranham will perform a comprehensive examination and use the latest digital technology, utilizing the Sirona Galileoes. The Galileoes is a Cone Beam Computerized Tomography (CBCT) which allows us to see your jaw bones three dimensionally. It will provide a guide for the safe placement of your implants. He’ll also evaluate your health history to assess your candidacy.

How long does the entire dental implant procedure take?

The entire implant process usually takes six to eight months, and most patients don’t experience a disruption to their daily lives. There are a few things that would extend the process. That could include teeth extractions or a bone graft. If you require a bone graft, the entire process will take about 3-6 months longer to allow for healing time. Dr. Cranham will spend a significant amount of time evaluating you and then creating a detailed treatment plan. Next is the surgical implantation which will require about three to six months to heal. Last is the attachment of the abutment and the dental restoration.

Do dental implants require special care?

Dental implants require no more maintenance or care than your natural teeth. Implants, like your natural teeth, depend on healthy gums and surrounding tooth structures for support. It is essential that you brush and floss regularly and visit your dentist at least twice a year for dental cleanings.

Will you be able to notice the dental implant?

Dental implants are not noticeable, not even by you. Dental implants are the most natural solution for those who are missing teeth. With today’s advances in technology, the dental restoration can be color-matched to blend seamlessly with the surrounding teeth and smile.

Can I replace my denture with dental implants?

Patients who have been struggling with poor fitting dentures can replace them with dental implants. Many people choose dentures because they are the cheaper and faster option then realize that dentures are not the best solution. Dr. Cranham offers the All-on-4 dental implants technique which uses as few as four strategically placed dental implants that will secure a cosmetic denture for a functional and stable smile.

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