Missing teeth can present a number of problems for your oral health and appearance. The gaps left by these teeth can cause teeth to shift, degrade the jaw bone, and make it difficult to eat or speak normally. Of course, missing teeth can also cause feelings of insecurity and embarrassment, and may cause you to hesitate when laughing or smiling. Drs. Jeffrey and Clay Weisberg—our dentists in Chesapeake—believe that everyone deserves a beautiful, healthy smile. They use state-of-the-art dental implants (surgically implanted titanium posts) at their Chesapeake office to support patients’ crowns, bridges and dentures, improving the appearance, health and function of their smiles. If you would like more information about dental implants, contact our practice to schedule a consultation today!
Understanding the Procedure
The dental implant procedure typically requires two surgeries and months of healing time, but can provide lifetime of superior support for your restorations.The personalized aspects of your treatment will be determined during your initial consultation and will cater to each of your dental needs. This first appointment will involve an in-depth discussion of the procedural steps and recovery instructions, and an assessment of your expectations that will help you and Dr. Weisberg organize the most relevant care plan. If you have any questions or concerns, this visit is a great time to discuss them. Drs. Weisberg do perform the implantation surgery upon request, but also work with some of Eastern Virginia’s highest acclaimed oral surgeons.
On the day of your procedure, we will administer anesthetic and create an incision in your gum. After gently creating pilot holes in the jaw, the doctor will insert the small titanium screw into your jaw. Your gums will be stitched closed over the top of the implant.
The next stage of the process is called osseointegration, or the fusing of the implant to the bone. The healing time typically ranges from three to six months.
Once your dental implant has properly fused to the bone, we will invite you back to our Chesapeake office to uncover the implant. During this procedure the tissue around the implant will be sculpted so it can frame the final restoration. A special abutment is attached to the implant, which will serve as the point of contact with the dental crown, bridge or denture. Whether you’re having dental bridges, crowns, or dentures placed, our selection of restorations is made with the highest quality material to make your smile look and function like new.
Dental implants provide the very best support for restorations. The strong implants mimic a natural tooth root to provide support for the restorations that will help you chew, eat, speak, laugh, and smile normally and confidently. Moreover, dental implants prevent the natural loss of bone cells that can occur in the jaw when tooth roots are absent.
If your teeth have been compromised by significant damage or decay, have fallen out, or been severely damaged in an accident, dental implants can restore the structure, function, and appearance of your smile. If you are in generally good health, and are free from periodontal disease or other severe dental conditions, you may be a candidate for dental implants. A consultation with Drs. Weisberg will determine whether this treatment is the best option for you.
Weighing the Cost
The Eastern Virginia Family & Cosmetic Dentistry staff is an excellent resource for financial planning information and guidance. Dental implants can change your life, and are an investment for your future, health, and happiness. If you have questions about the cost of dental implants, our team will answer them.
Learn More about Dental Implants
If you are interested in scheduling an appointment for dental implants, contact us today.