Dental implants are the most natural-looking, stable and long lasting solution for missing teeth. Implants secured restorations are now a routine procedure and offer a 97% success rate and long-term oral health benefits. Dr. John C. Cranham offers his patients dental implants in Norfolk, VA. Dr. Cranham offers several different types of implants. Whether you are missing one or several teeth, we can create a personalized treatment plan to restore beauty, health and function to your smile. If you’re missing a full set of teeth, Dr. Cranham offers a unique technique called All-On-4, which are dental implant-secured dentures.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is actually a medical grade titanium post that is surgically implanted into the jawbone just beneath the gum line. This metal post will act as the tooth root providing a strong foundation for the replacement tooth. Then Norfolk, VA dentist, Dr. Cranham, will use that to attach a replacement tooth. Dental implants do not come loose like dentures and can last a lifetime if cared for properly along with regular dental visits.
The Dental Implant Procedure
The procedure for dental implants requires multiple visits over several months. After a consultation and comprehensive evaluation, he will create a personalized treatment plan. The entire implant process usually takes anywhere from six to eight months, and most patients don’t experience a disruption to their daily lives. This process time line can differ from patient to patient depending on their unique needs and situation. There are many reasons the dental implant process may take longer than usual including the need for teeth extractions, gum disease treatment, or bone grafting. Any of these things can lead to additional healing time that is necessary before the implant(s) can be placed.
Placing the Implant – Metal anchors and small posts are surgically placed into your jawbone to serve as tooth root substitutes. The dental implants will be allowed to heal and integrate with the natural bone, serving as the stable anchors for the new teeth. The healing process can takes about three to six months. Depending on your case and the position of the missing tooth or teeth, a temporary crown may be placed in the mouth while the implant heals.
Restoring the Dental Implant – Once the jaw fuses with the posts, Dr. Cranham will restore the dental implant by placing the prosthetic tooth. While the dental implant is healing, Dr. Cranham will begin making your new teeth. He’ll take a dental impression and attach posts or attachments to the implants to secure your crowns or prosthetic. Then the dental crown is secured to the dental implant for a permanent restoration.
Learn More About Dental Implants
- Dental Implants: Overview
- Benefits of Dental Implants
- Types of Dental Implants
- All-On-4 Dental Implants
Schedule a Consultation
If you have a missing tooth or several missing teeth, we offer dental implants in our Norfolk, VA and Chesapeake, VA area cosmetic dentist office. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Cranham to discuss your oral health, concerns, and budget to see if dental implants are the right choice for you.