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Tooth loss, whether it’s from an injury, disease or decay, can age you and wreak havoc on your self-esteem, as well as make it difficult to eat or speak clearly. Call our office to schedule an appointment with our dentist to learn why affordable dental implants are an ideal choice for restorations.

What Are Implants for Teeth?

An endosteal dental implant is a biocompatible post or screw that our dentist will surgically place into the jawbone. Subperiosteal implants are placed above the jawbone if the bone isn’t healthy enough to hold the implant. Both types of implants act as artificial tooth roots, which have the strength to hold a crown or a bridge securely.

Are There Affordable Dental Implants?

While dental implants in South Hampton Roads are more expensive initially, you save money when you don’t have buy other restorations or fix them often. If you want a reason to invest in implants, consider that the dental implants procedure keeps your jawbone from shrinking in the location where you had a missing tooth. A deteriorating jawbone ages you and may cause you to loose teeth. Our dentist will give you an estimate of your endosteal or subperiosteal implant cost after a thorough examination and a discussion about your options.

Will My Insurance Cover the Dental Implants Cost?

No, very few dental insurance policies, except the premium ones, offer dental implants insurance coverage. We strive to keep our dental implants cost low, so even without dental implants insurance, our patients can afford to restore their smile. We offer financing options to help spread the dental implants cost out, so implants can fit into your budget.

How Long Does the Dental Implants Procedure Take?

You will have to wait for the local anesthesia to kick in, and then our dentist has to surgically place in implant or implants. You go home and wait for the site to heal and the implant to fuse with your jawbone; this may take several months as everyone heals at a different pace. You may have a temporary crown or bridge to wear in the meantime. When you return, our dentist places your crown or bridge and adjusts it as necessary. If you need a bone graft, the entire dental implants procedure will take longer.

What Are the Advantages of Getting a Dental Implant?

Dental implants have numerous advantages, which include:

  • Implants look and function exactly like natural teeth
  • An implant requires less maintenance than a bridge or a partial denture
  • You’ll smile more often
  • You will be able to speak clearly again
  • You will be more self-confident

Types of Implants

  • Single Implant
  • Implant-Supported Bridge
  • Mini Implants

Minis usually stabilize dentures for the lower jaw, so they cannot slide around in your mouth. With four to six small, thin implants, you’ll be able to snap your dentures in place and snap them off just as easily. Moreover, the mini implant procedure is easier, faster and less expensive than traditional implants.

How Do I Care for My Implants After Surgery?

There is little to do after the surgery except to take OTC pain relievers as directed by your dentist and follow his or her oral hygiene instructions. Once the procedure is finished; you will care for your dental implants the same way that you care for your natural teeth. Our dentist will want to see you a month or so after the procedure to check on the implants, and then you will resume your every six months schedule.

Am I a Good Dental Implant Candidate?

If after reading this, you believe that dental implants in South Hampton Roads might be the best solution to restore your smile. Please call our office and request an appointment to discuss your suitability with one of our dentists. Many healthy adults, without gum disease, are good candidates for the procedure.

Will My Implants Last a Lifetime?

Possibly, depending on where the implant is and how well you care for both your natural teeth and the implant. Implants have lasted for forty years, so they may last a lifetime. You may need to replace the crown before then, depending on where the implant is located in your mouth.

Are you interested in replacing a missing tooth with a life like replacement? Contact our office to schedule an appointment to learn if dental implants are right for you.

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