DENTAL IMPLANTS

Dental Implants in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, & Hampton, VA

Dental implants are primarily artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into a patient's jawbone. A dental implant enables a dentist to mount artificial teeth or to put in a dental bridge. Dental implants are extremely effective in improving oral health. Dental implants are made of titanium, and this material integrates with the surrounding bone. It then becomes part of the teeth area. Dental implants have been found to be safe, effective and predictable.

Key Facts about Dental Implants

  • Nearly 35 million Americans have a missing tooth in one or both jaws.
  • Nearly 15 million Americans have crown and bridge replacements for these missing teeth.
  • Nearly 3 million Americans have dental implants.
  • Scientific evidence shows a 98% success rate of dental implants.

Who Can Have Dental Implants?

Dental implants can be used in people who have healthy gums and bones. This is because they need a solid foundation that would support the implant. People whose bones are too soft or thin will not be able to support an implant. They may require a bone graft. Similarly, people who do not have enough bone height in their upper jaw are also not ideal candidates for implantation.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

The primary purpose of dental implants is to provide support to artificial teeth. Implants fuse to the patient's jawbone thus providing the necessary support to dentures, bridges, and crowns. With the help of dental implants, the artificial teeth feel more natural.

There are some people who do not find bridges and dentures comfortable. This may be because they develop sore spots, gagging or poor ridges. Also, compared to ordinary bridges, implants do not need the support of any adjacent teeth or any additional ground to hold the replacement tooth.

Types Of Implants

There are two types of implants that are recommended by the American Dental Association. These include:

Endosteal implant: An endosteal tooth implant is one that is implanted directly into the patient's jawbone. In the first session, the tooth implant is placed surgically. The second phase is initiated when the tissue has healed. During this second surgery, the post is connected to the original implant, and the artificial tooth is attached either individually or through a bridge or denture.

Subperiosteal implant - This implant consists of a metal frame. This metal frame is fitted into the jawbone below the gum tissue. When the gums heal, the frame is fixed to the jawbone. The post is attached to the frame, and the artificial tooth is mounted to the post.

Advantages of Dental Implants

Dental implants are recommended for people who were born without a tooth or had a tooth (teeth) removed because of an injury or tooth decay or infection. Some of the key advantages of a tooth implant include:

  1. Dental implants can improve the look and feel of your teeth and get teeth that function exactly like natural teeth. Dental implants are very comfortable to live with, and you will not feel any difference between your natural teeth and a tooth implant. They require no special care except for basic dental hygiene.
  2. Dental implants last for many years. If the implantation is done by a skilled dental expert, and if you take care of your oral health, there is no reason why your tooth implant won't last a lifetime.
  3. Dental implants make your life convenient and comfortable. Unlike dentures and replacement teeth, a tooth implant will not slip or click when you eat, speak or laugh. People often find it difficult to pronounce certain words when they have removal dentures, but there is no such problem associated with implantation. You can say what you want and how you want it and you can eat what you want without worrying about your tooth implant.
  4. Dental implants protect your facial bone and make your teeth healthy. If there are any spaces or gaps in your mouth due to tooth loss, these gaps can cause the jawbone to deteriorate. =Implantation can help prevent this deterioration and can stimulate bone growth. A tooth implant will also prevent further bone loss and any more long-term damage to your teeth.

Process of Getting a Dental Implant

Dental implantation involves the following key steps:

  1. Consultation: The first thing to do if you want implants is schedule and have a consultation with an implant dentist. During your first visit, the dentist will examine you thoroughly, take x-rays as required and discuss the different implant options and how the implantation will be done.

 

  1. Implant placement: During the next session, your dentist will place the implant in your jawbone. There isn't much pain or discomfort during this procedure, and most people can resume their normal activities the next day. The dentist may use local anesthesia or iv sedation to make patients more comfortable. In most cases, post-surgical pain can be handled with an over-the-counter painkiller.

 

  1. Osseointegration: You will heal after the initial implant placement. During this healing process, the implant and the jawbone will grow This is called osseointegration. The process of osseointegration provides the basic foundation for the replacement teeth. This healing process can take approximately a few months, but while this healing takes place, you can still go about living your normal life. You need to make sure, however, that you eat soft foods during the first few weeks so that your implants can heal properly.

 

  1. Abutment Placement: When the implant has successfully bonded to the jawbone, the dentist will place an abutment on the implant. In some patients, this can be done at the same time when the implant is placed. In others, it is done separately. Some patients choose to get temporary teeth during this time. You can talk to your dentist about this.

 

  1. Customized teeth: During this step, the implant dentist will make impressions of your teeth and order customized artificial teeth. The teeth will then be attached to the abutment.

 

  1. Regular Dental Check-ups: The process of dental implantation can take from anywhere between three to nine months. But once your implantation is complete, you should maintain good oral hygiene, and you should also ensure you visit your dentist regularly.

 

How Do Dental Implants Differ From Other Treatment Solutions?

There are some key differences that only dental implants offer as compared to other treatment options. These include:

  • Dental implants have a long life. In fact, with proper oral hygiene, dental implants can last a lifetime. In comparison, bridges, partials, and dentures often need to replace.
  • Dental implants replace the lost tooth root. There is thus no jaw bone resorption which tends to occur with dentures, bridges, and
  • Dental implants have no impact on adjacent teeth. On the other hand, a bridge requires the alteration of neighboring teeth.

Caring Tips For Dental Implants

Dental implants are usually very effective and successful in most patients. However, in order to ensure your implants last longer, you should follow these tips:

Practice Good oral hygiene: This is the most basic tip to ensure the longevity of your dental implants. Every person should brush their teeth twice a day and should floss once daily. If you find it difficult to reach areas around the tooth implant, you can use an interdental brush as they can slide between teeth and are useful in cleaning areas that are hard to reach.

Avoid Smoking: Smoking is a bad habit in any case. When you have dental implants, smoking can damage the tooth implant by weakening the bone structure. Implantation failure is a problem commonly seen in people who smoke.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly: A visit to your dentist every six months is usually a good idea. This will not only help them keep an eye on your tooth implant but will also ensure that any additional dental issues are identified and treated quickly.

Avoid Sugary and Hard Food Items: Sugary food items are bad for your teeth and equally bad for your dental implants. A tooth implant can be damaged if you eat any hard substance such as candy or ice.

Dental Implant Surgery

Over the years, dental implant surgery has become much more advanced as compared to the early days. Some of these important innovations include:

3D Imaging and Mapping

Today, implantation has become much faster due to the use of computer-guided surgery. This precise technology has also made implant procedures more successful. 3D imaging has played an integral role in ensuring this success because dentists now have access to state-of-the-art digital images that allow them to analyze the patients' oral healthy quickly and more effectively. These life-like 3D images allow the dentist to accurately assess the patient's bone density as well as locate nerves and blood vessels before the surgery. In other words, these precise images provide dentists a map of the patient's mouth so that they can plan the procedure in advance.

Bone Augmentation

For an implant surgery to be successful, bone mass is extremely important. Through the use of digital imaging, dentists can measure the patient’s bone deficiency. On the basis of this evaluation, they can determine how much bone material will be required for successful implantation. Bone augmentation can help improve outcomes and can have a positive impact on the long-term success of the implant.

Mini-implants

Mini implants are generally used to stabilize lower dentures. These implants are quite narrow. The procedure is performed using mild anesthesia. The dentist adjusts the lower denture so that it snaps onto the implants. This helps secure these dentures and prevents any slippage.

Cost of Dental Implants

The cost of dental implants is dependent on several factors which include:

  • The number of teeth that are missing
  • The type of implant being used
  • Any additional procedures that might be required along with the implantation

Costs can be accurately determined once a dentist has examined the patient. While dental implants may seem to be more expensive initially, they are generally more cost-effective as compared to other options in the long run. This is because other treatment solutions such as bridges, dentures or partials need to be replaced more often while dental implants tend to last a lifetime. Cost, if evaluated on a long-term basis, is lower for implants compared to other procedures.

If you have a standard dental insurance policy, it will cover preventive maintenance treatments, basic care, and dental emergencies. Dental implant coverage is generally not included in a basic dental insurance policy.

Dental Care At The Foleck Center

At the Foleck Center, we offer dental implantation services. Dental implants offer a solution to replace missing teeth. They are also effective in providing support to partial or complete dentures. If you want dental implants, you should contact our dental team. We will provide you with strong, stable and durable dental implants that will last you for a long time. In case of any wear and tear, our staff is here to re-tighten or replace your implants if needed.

If you need single tooth implant, we can complete the procedure for you in four visits. Multiple implants may require additional visits, but you should be able to resume all normal activities right after your first implantation. In case of a full arch treatment, generally, the implantation can be completed in 8 to 10 visits. For more information, call The Foleck Center today. You can schedule your first free consultation at any of our three locations in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Hampton.

We are committed to maximizing patient satisfaction, and we will try to ensure that your experience at our dental clinic is comfortable and as painless as possible. Our staff is well-trained, and our clinic is well-equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Call us today, and we will schedule you in for your initial consultation for dental implants.  We are available Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. onwards. We are also available on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. If you have missing teeth and if you are looking for the most effective treatment solution, visit us at The Foleck Center to discuss your dental health with our dental team.