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Do you have a missing tooth in your mouth? Affordable dental implants can offer a permanent solution that will restore both your self-confidence and your smile. Keep reading to learn more about who is a good candidate for an implant, the procedure and more.
What is a Tooth Implant for Dental Patients?
An endosteal implant is an artificial tooth root that fuses with the jawbone, where it acts as an anchor for an artificial tooth or a bridge. A subperiosteal implant works the same way, except our dentist will place it above the jawbone. It is used when the jawbone has degraded and a bone graft isn’t feasible or the patient does not want a graft.
Is the Dental Implants Cost Reasonable?
There are too many variables to quote a price over the phone, our experienced implant dentist will need to examine your teeth and gums to decide if you would need an endosteal implant, a bone graft or a subperiosteal implant. The post material and whether you decide upon a crown or a bridge will affect your dental implants cost as well. The only way to receive an accurate dental implants cost estimate is to call our office to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists.
Is it Possible That My Dental Insurance Will Pay for My Implants?
No, there is no dental implants insurance coverage because insurance companies usually only cover the least expensive restoration option. Even without dental implants insurance, many people choose implants because of the many benefits and the fact that they last far longer than any other restoration option, making them a better deal in the end.
How Long Does it Take To Get an Implant?
First, the dentist takes an impression so the lab can fabricate your crown, and then he or she inserts the implant which should not take long at all. It is minor surgery done under local anesthetic and performed in your dentist’s chair. The longest time will be when you have to wait for the implant site to heal, which can take several months, depending on how fast you heal. The implant needs time to integrate with your jawbone. On your next visit, your dentist will place the crown and adjust it as needed.
How Will Implants Improve My Life?
Our patients realize a number of benefits from implants, including:
- Improved chewing ability
- Clearer speech
- A more attractive smile
- Increased self-confidence
Types of Implants?
- Single Implant
- Implant-Supported Bridge
- Mini Implants
Mini dental implants stabilize lower dentures; it takes about four to six minis. They are also ideal for those with small mouths or areas that cannot fit a regular implant. The mini dental implants procedure is faster and easier, making them the most affordable dental implants you will find.
Unlike a traditional bridge, a bridge supported by dental implants helps preserve the integrity of the jawbone where the teeth are missing. A bridge supported by implants, instead of adjoining teeth with crowns on them, doesn’t need any healthy teeth altered to hold a crown.
If you’re interested in a bridge supported by implants or a way to keep your existing lower dentures, contact our office to learn more about your dental implants in Virginia Beach options.
How Do I Care for My Implants After Surgery?
After your surgery, our dentist will recommend OTC pain relievers. Be sure to follow any special instructions regarding how to keep your mouth clean during the healing process. After the dental implants procedure is complete, and you have your restoration, you’ll treat an implant like your other natural teeth. It’s essential that you keep all of your scheduled appointments so our dentist can make sure the implant is working properly.
Who is the Ideal Dental Implant Candidate?
Healthy adults who don’t want to have to keep hiding the gap left by a missing tooth may be good candidates; however, only a qualified dentist with experience placing implants can determine a person’s suitability. Please call our office for an appointment if you are interested in seeing if you are a good candidate for the dental implants procedure.
How Long Can I Expect My Implants to Last?
Your dental implants will last anywhere from 10 years to the rest of your life. Their longevity will depend on where they are located and how diligent you are with your brushing and flossing.
If you want to speak to our dentist about the possibility of having dental implants in Virginia Beach, please call our office to schedule your appointment today.