Dental Implant Q&A

Dr. J. Ryland Gwaltney, Dr. Whitney Gwaltney, and Dr. Steve Gwaltney provide restorative dental care for patients with missing teeth. One of the most versatile treatments they offer is dental implants in their Suffolk, VA dental office. Dental implants can replace single missing teeth or even full arches of missing teeth. Dental bridges and dentures, which help restore multiple missing teeth, can be secured with dental implants for longer-lasting results.

Dental Implants in Suffolk, Virginia

Dental Implant FAQs

Want to know more about treatment with dental implants? There are multiple questions that are commonly asked about dental implants, including:

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants are a durable and long-lasting treatment for missing teeth. They restore balance and functionality to the teeth so patients can easily speak, bite, and chew. Because dental implants replace teeth at the root, they help support the health of the gums and surrounding teeth. Our dental implants are also capped off with dental crowns so they look natural, blending in with remaining teeth.

Can you receive dental implants after a tooth extraction?

Sometimes our dentists can perform a tooth extraction and then provide dental implants soon after. However, if you wait too long to replace an extracted tooth, it can make it more difficult to perform the implant procedure. Replacing one or more missing teeth can help prevent further dental issues such as tooth decay, gum disease, and shifting or overcrowding of teeth.

Are dental implants painful?

We typically use a combination of anesthesia and dental sedation to ensure a pain-free and comfortable treatment. Sedation dentistry allows patients to feel relaxed during surgery. You may feel some soreness or pain directly after the procedure. We recommend that patients take pain medication as prescribed. Ice packs can also lessen swelling. However, if you are in severe pain following your procedure, please contact our office. This is abnormal and is treated as a dental emergency.

Request a Dental Consultation

Revitalize the look and function of your smile with dental implant treatment. Schedule an appointment with our professional dentists on our website. You may also contact Gwaltney Dental by calling 757.982.8467.