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If you have a missing tooth, a dental bridge is not your only option and if you have several missing teeth, a partial denture is only one of your options. Ask our dentist about affordable dental implants, the long-term solution to tooth loss or keep reading to learn more about implants.
What Problems Do Dental Implants Correct?
Implants are small metal screws, usually titanium, that a dentist surgically inserts into the jawbone. The implant bonds to the bone by a process called osseointegration, and once this occurs, the implant acts as an artificial tooth root, ready to hold a crown or a bridge.
How Much Do Dental Implants Typically Cost?
There really isn’t any typical dental implants cost because each patient has unique needs and preferences. Costs can vary significantly between patients. Your dental implants cost hinges on a number of factors, including whether endosteal or subperiosteal implants are placed and which post and crown materials are used. Additionally, some of our patients need a bone graft before the implant procedure, which adds to the cost. If you consider implants an investment in yourself that will pay off for decades, possibly your lifetime, the cost is reasonable. Schedule a consultation with an experienced implant dentist, who can estimate how much your dental implants will cost after examining your teeth and gums.
Does Dental Insurance Cover the Dental Implants Procedure?
No, generally you won’t find dental implants insurance coverage in your policy. If you believe that you may have partial coverage, we will review you plan and ask for a predetermination of benefits if appropriate. We understand that the dental implants cost, without dental implants insurance coverage might be too much for some of our patients to pay at one time, so we offer financing options.
What Are the Steps Involved in the Dental Implants Procedure?
While the dental implants procedure varies slightly between endosteal and subperiosteal implants, our dentist carries out both procedures here in our office, while you have local anesthesia to numb the implant location. The initial surgery is minor, however, you will have a several month healing time before you return and have your custom tailored crown placed and adjusted. In some cases, we can provide a temporary restoration for you to wear.
What Benefits Will I Enjoy with Dental Implants in Virginia Beach?
- Greater self-confidence
- Improved speech
- A natural smile
- Eating is easier that it was with a missing tooth
Types of Implants
- Single Implant
- Implant-Supported Bridge
- Mini Implants
Minis are smaller implants that dentists place in the lower jaw to keep dentures from sliding and when a regular implant is too big. Since minis are small and easier to place, they are the most affordable dental implants.
Implant-supported dental bridges easily replace several adjacent teeth without altering any of the surrounding teeth. Moreover, the implants help keep your jawbone from deteriorating.
Who is the Ideal Implant Candidate?
The ideal implant candidate is a healthy adult who has made a commitment to good oral hygiene. Heavy smokers may have difficulty healing after the implant placement. However, only a dentist who has experience with implants can determine an individual’s fitness for an implant. If you’re tired of living with a missing tooth that is making you look older than you are, and you are interested in seeing if you are a good candidate, call our office to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists.
Is it Difficult to Take Care of Implants?
After the surgery, you may have minor swelling and discomfort; our dentist will advise you on what you should take to relieve any pain. You may also need to eat only soft foods for several days. After your permanent restoration is in place, you will brush and floss your implant just as you take care of your natural teeth. Be sure to visit one of our dentists every six months for an exam as well.
What Is an Implant Lifespan?
An implant’s location in the mouth makes a difference in how long it lasts, as does you dental hygiene. Your implant should last anywhere from 10 years to a lifetime. A bridge may last 10 years and dentures only five years, which makes implants the ideal restoration for busy individuals looking for a long-term solution.
If you want to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants in Virginia Beach, please call our office and request a consultation with one of our dentists.