Missing teeth? Dentures that slip? Dental implants can offer patients with a variety of dental problems a long lasting and comfortable solution.
Dr. William Harper, DDS, a general and cosmetic dentist in Hampton Roads, offers patients dental implants for replacing missing teeth or securing dental bridges and dentures. Dental implants can not only improve your appearance, but they also allow you to chew, speak and smile with confidence because they function like a natural tooth.
Dr. Harper is one of the most qualified and highly trained dentists in the Hampton Roads area. He works with other specialists in order to come up with the best treatment plan for his patients at Harper Dental Care.
There are two steps involved in placing dental implants. The first step is the surgical implantation of a tiny titanium post in the jawbone. This is a simple procedure that is performed inside of a dental office or oral surgeon. Local anesthesia will be administered prior to this procedure.
The permanent crown may be placed during this visit. However, in many cases, a temporary crown is placed until the healing process has been completed. It usually takes between three and six months for the dental implant to heal completely.
After the dental implant has healed and fused with the bone, it will be uncovered. Dr. Harper will then place the denture, dental bridge or crown. In most cases, a ceramic restoration is used.
It is very important for you to care for your dental implants properly. They function and look just like your natural teeth! You should floss and brush daily, just like you normally would. You also need to make sure that you see your dentist on a regular basis. Proper home care and regular dental visits for preventive care will ensure that your implants last a long time.
The cost is a common concern for people who are getting dental implants. There are a number of factors that determine the cost, such as the number of implants, the location of your implants and your overall oral health. Dr. Harper will review all of the details of the procedure, including the cost during your consultation.