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Millions of Americans have at least one missing tooth. If you are one of the millions who are missing a few teeth, dental implants may offer a permanent solution to your problem. You’ll be able to speak and eat with ease because implants are firmly anchored in your jawbone, the same as your natural teeth. Keep reading to learn more about dental implants in Chesapeake and how they could benefit you.
What Are Dental Implants?
An implant is a small biocompatible metal screw that our dentist surgically places into your jawbone. The bone grows around the implant, creating an artificial tooth root to securely hold a crown or a bridge.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
There are many variable that influence the dental implants cost, including whether you will need a bone graft to augment your jawbone. Other variables include the implant material, the number of implants needed and the restoration attached to the implant. Even without dental implants insurance, a dental implants procedure is not out of reach with our affordable fees. Call us to arrange an appointment with one of our dentists who can give you a better idea of the cost once he or she has evaluated your needs.
Will Dental Insurance Cover Any of the Dental Implants Cost?
There typically isn’t dental implants insurance to help with the cost. Nevertheless, with our affordable dental implants, you will save money in the end, since most people don’t need to replace implants and the devices that are connected to the implants will last for a long time as well.
Is the Dental Implants Procedure Painful?
Since the dental implants procedure is only a minor surgical procedure, there is little pain involved. While the endosteal and the subperiosteal implant process varies, both involve surgical placement of the implant, followed by a months-long healing process. Our dentist places an endosteal implant directly into the jawbone, while a subperiosteal implant is placed above the jawbone. You may have a temporary restoration to wear during this period, but it will not be long before your permanent restoration is in place and you will have a full set of pearly whites once again.
Why Are Dental Implants Better Than Other Restorations?
Individuals who choose implants over partial dentures realize:
- They do not have to remove the implants at night
- They don’t have to turn down their favorite foods
- Their jawbone is not deteriorating, making them look older
- Implants never slip out of place in the middle of a conversation
- They don’t have to waste money on denture adhesives
- Implants never get lost
Types of Implants
- Single Implant
- Implant-Supported Bridge
- Mini Implants
Implant-supported bridges have two definite advantages over traditional bridges. One, the implants keep the jawbone from shrinking where the bridge is, and two, our dentist will not have to alter healthy teeth to support the bridge. The mini implant holds dentures securely in place, while a person can still remove the dentures before bed. These affordable dental implants can change the way you feel about your dentures and fix missing teeth.
What Are the Usual Dental Implant Care After Surgery Instructions?
You will only need a minor OTC pain reliever after the implant surgery. After our dentist places the crown, you’ll care for it the same way that you care for your other teeth; brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. After the procedure, our dentist will ask you to come in more frequently than usual, until he or she establishes that the implants are performing well, and then you will return to your normal six-month intervals.
Would I Be a Good Candidate for Implants?
If you are a healthy adult who is tired of hiding a missing tooth from friends and co-workers, you may be a good candidate. However, only a dentist experienced with implant placement can make the determination, after reviewing your medical and dental health. If you are a heavy smoker, our dentist may ask you to cut down or quit before proceeding.
How Long Do Implants Last?
Diligent oral hygiene will help your implant last a long time, but its location in your mouth also plays a role. Implants can last anywhere from 10 to 40 years, possibly longer. It’s conceivable that your implant will last you a lifetime.
If you are considering dental implants in Chesapeake, contact our office and schedule an appointment with one of our dentists who can access your unique needs.