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Dental Implants Specialist

Chesapeake Family and Implant Dentistry

Harry W Squire, D.D.S.

General Dentistry & Cosmetic and Family Dentist located in Chesapeake, VA

If you’ve lost one or more teeth, Harry Squire, DDS, and the team at Chesapeake Family and Implant Dentistry may be able to replace them with durable, natural looking implants. Known as the gold-standard solution for missing teeth, dental implants are the one restoration that’s most like your natural teeth in terms of function, stability, and appearance. Call their office in Chesapeake, Virginia, to learn more, or click online to schedule a consultation today.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants? 

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that’s surgically set in your jawbone to replace the root of a missing tooth. The implant fuses with your bone as it heals, creating a strong and sturdy foundation for an artificial tooth restoration — usually a porcelain crown.

Made from biocompatible titanium that lasts a lifetime, implants don’t just restore your smile — they also help prevent jawbone loss and protect your long-term oral health. 

One or more individual implants are typically capped with their own porcelain crowns, one by one. It’s also possible to replace several teeth at once using two or more well-placed implants as anchors for a dental bridge or a full-arch replacement (overdenture).

Why should I choose implants?

There are a variety of restorative options for missing teeth, ranging from implants and bridges to dentures. If you’re a candidate for implants, there are many advantages to choosing this comprehensive solution. 

As the most valuable, innovative, and successful offering of restorative dentistry, implants are designed to fit your bite, match your natural teeth, and preserve your oral health. With dental implants, you can:

  • Fill the gaps in your smile and restore full bite function
  • Replace missing teeth without using or affecting neighboring teeth
  • Prevent a bite misalignment from teeth shifting into empty spaces
  • Securely support a multi-tooth bridge or full-arch denture 

Just like a real tooth root, dental implants stimulate jawbone tissue to keep it robust and healthy. With proper care, an implant and its finishing restoration can last indefinitely. 

Can anyone get implants?

Dental implants are an excellent option for many people, but there are a few prerequisites you must meet to qualify as a suitable candidate. First and foremost, you must be healthy enough to undergo oral surgery.

You also need sufficient jawbone quality as well as healthy gum tissue; you may not be able to receive an implant if you have advanced periodontitis (gum disease) or if your bone isn’t strong enough to support one.

If your jawbone isn’t deep or robust enough to accommodate standard implants, you may be a good candidate for mini-implants, which require less supportive tissue. You may also be able to improve the quality of your bone tissue through bone grafting.

To find out how you can benefit from dental implants, call Chesapeake Family and Implant Dentistry or click online to schedule a consultation today.