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We’ve reopened in accordance with CDC, O.S.H.A., and State Dental Board guidelines to responsibly resume seeing our patients for regular dental appointments and treatment. We want to assure you of the measures we take to maintain a clean and safe environment so you can continue to receive needed dental care without fear or concern.
Do you have a gap in your smile? Stop hiding it; talk to our dentist about affordable dental implants and discover if you are a good candidate for the dental implants procedure. Many individuals are ideal candidates and are happy to stop worrying about others noticing their missing teeth when they smile broadly or laugh.
What is a Tooth Implant?
An endosteal dental implant is a metal screw or post placed into the jawbone by a dentist. A subperiosteal implant goes between the jawbone and gum when your jawbone is degraded and you do not want, or cannot have, a bone graft. Both types of implants will hold a crown or bridge as well as a tooth root holds a healthy tooth. In fact, you will have the same sensations with the implant as you do with your natural teeth when you chew, since the implant is now part of your jawbone. Nothing is closer to a natural tooth than an implant.
Is the Dental Implants Procedure Expensive?
While it is true that the dental implants cost is more than the cost of partial dentures, implants end up costing less in the end because they last longer than any other restoration. A partial denture can drop and break or get lost, but this never happens with implants. Your dental implants cost depends on whether you have an endosteal or a subperiosteal implant, the materials that you select and whether you will need any additional work, such as a bone graft. Our dentist will provide you with an estimate of your dental implants cost after an examination and a discussion about your options.
Does Dental Implants Insurance Exist?
Unfortunately, dental implants insurance is extremely rare. You can expect to pay the entire cost of the implant procedure yourself. We understand that even with our affordable dental implants, the cost may be too much to pay at one, which is why we offer financing options. Contact our office for more information.
How Does a Dentist Perform the Dental Implants Procedure?
After the local anesthetic takes effect and the area is numb, our dentist insets the implant. That is pretty much it for your first appointment, unless you will have a temporary restoration. You will receive instructions on how to speed the healing process along, and then you will return for your permanent crown or bridge. The surgery is minor, and it’s done here at our dentist office. We believe this makes our patients more comfortable because they are in familiar surroundings, with a dentist that they know and trust.
What are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
Dental implants have numerous benefits, including:
- They feel like natural teeth
- They require very little care compared to dentures
- You can speak clearly with an implant
- You’ll feel more self-confident without a missing tooth
Types of Implants
- Single Implant
- Implant-Supported Bridge
- Mini Implants
Implants are very versatile; the mini ones can stabilize your lower dentures and the regular implants can support a bridge, so the adjacent healthy teeth do not need to be filed down to make room for a crowns.
Can Anyone Get an Implant?
If you are interested in dental implants in Virginia Beach, we urge you to call our office and schedule a consultation with one of our dentists experienced in implant placement. We are concerned with diseases, such as diabetes, and heavy tobacco use that will interfere with your healing after surgery. Only a dentist can decide if you are healthy enough for an implant. While only adults who commit to maintaining a diligent oral hygiene routine can get implants, there is no upper age limit.
How Do I Care For My New Implants?
After surgery, you may need an OTC pain reliever for the minor discomfort. Once your crown is placed, you’ll brush and floss normally. It is essential that you take care of all your teeth, including the implant, where plaque can build up if you don’t brush and floss as directed. It will be more important than ever to maintain a schedule on regular dental exams as well.
Do Dental Implants Last a Long Time?
Your implants should give you at least a decade of pleasure, although, depending on where the implants are located in your mouth and how well you maintain them, they may last a lifetime.
If dental implants in Virginia Beach sound like the solution that you have been seeking, call our office for an appointment to talk with one of our dentists who has experience placing implants.