Konikoff Dental Associates Lynnhaven
2100 Lynnhaven Pkwy, Suite 100, Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Have you ever considered investing in affordable dental implants to replace a lost tooth? Read below to learn more about the dental implants procedure and discover how an implant can have you smiling broadly once again.
Dental implants are metal posts that serve as a tooth root and are ideal for individuals who have one or more missing teeth. Implants are screws or posts made of biocompatible materials that our dentist can place in the upper or lower jaw. The jawbone grows around the implant, making it a sturdy anchor for crowns or bridges. They look and feel the same as your natural teeth, no one will notice the difference.
Understandably, the dental implants cost is a concern for many of our patients. Without a thorough exam by one of our dentists and a discussion about your options, we cannot give you an estimate of the cost. There are too many variables, such as the crown or bridge materials and whether you would need a bone graft. We use endosteal implants when our patient has a healthy jawbone and subperiosteal implants when the jawbone isn’t healthy and a bone graft isn’t possible. You would have to have an exam before one of our dentists could estimate your dental implants cost.
If there were dental implants insurance, it would probably have a missing teeth clause that excludes coverage for teeth that were already missing when you bought the insurance. We strive to offer affordable dental implants; we may be able to help you with a financing option. Many of our patients who had the dental implants procedure feel that the expense was well worth it.
During an endosteal or a subperiosteal procedure, you will receive a local anesthetic to numb the area. Our dentist will place the implant and send you home to heal. There is little pain, so our dentist usually suggests an OTC pain reliever for when you get home. Healing may take months, depending on how fast you heal. The implant needs time to fuse with the jawbone, which gives them their strength. During this time, the dental lab is busy fabricating your custom bridge or crown. On your next visit, your dentist will place the restoration on the abutment at the end of the implant.
Our patients request implants for a number of different reasons, including:
Mini dental implants will change how you feel about your dentures. Four to six minis will turn your lower denture into an apparatus that you snap in and forget about it.
You must have healthy gums to have implants, but if you do not have a healthy, strong jawbone, we may be able to do a bone graft to build up your jawbone. You have to be in good general health and an adult as well. Teenagers who lose a tooth in an accident would have to wait until their jawbone stops growing before they qualify for an implant. If you make an appointment with one of our dentists, he or she can make a determination after examining you and asking you questions about your health.
Once your crown or bridge is in place, our dentist will tell you when it is okay to resume your oral hygiene routine, which will help your implant last as long as possible. Your twice a year exams are essential to ensure your implant is healthy and functioning properly.
You can expect your implants to give you decades, possibly a lifetime, of eating and speaking better. The lifespan of your implant depends on where our dentist places the implant and how well you care for you implant.
If you are interested in the benefits of an implant, call our office to schedule your appointment to discuss dental implants in Virginia Beach.