Dental Implants in Virginia Beach, Hampton & Norfolk, VA

Awaken Your Smile With Dental Implants

In your pursuit of a renewed smile and enhanced oral function, choosing dental implants is a pivotal decision. At The Foleck Center, we acknowledge that this choice is not just about your missing tooth—it’s about revitalizing your confidence and well-being. From the instant you step into our practice, you become the focal point of our unwavering commitment to excellence in dental implant care. 

Hampton Roads implant dentist, Dr. Foleck and our dedicated team prioritize open communication to ensure you are fully informed and supported on this transformative journey. Your comfort, both physically and emotionally, is paramount to us.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are innovative, permanent solutions for individuals seeking to replace missing teeth. A dental implant consists of a titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone, acting as a new artificial tooth root and a sturdy foundation for a replacement tooth or a dental prosthesis. This mimics the natural root of a tooth and provides a solid base for a full tooth replacement crown, bridge, or denture.

Benefits of  Dental Implants

  • Restored Functionality: Dental implants enable patients to regain the full functionality of their mouths, allowing them to eat their favorite foods without any discomfort.
  • Enhanced Aesthetics: A missing tooth can be a source of self-consciousness and may affect one’s confidence. Dr. Foleck’s skill in placing dental implants ensures that patients not only regain their beautiful smiles but also experience a boost in self-esteem.
  • Preventing Bone Loss: When a natural tooth is lost, the jawbone can begin to deteriorate over time. Your jawbone needs the roots of your tooth to stimulate bone strength. When you replace missing teeth with dental implants, you prevent this bone loss by stimulating the bone tissue and maintaining the integrity of adjacent teeth and the facial structure.
  • Save Your Other Teeth: If one of your natural teeth has become infected, removing and replacing it with a dental implant can save the teeth surrounding it.
  • Durability and Longevity: Unlike traditional dentures or bridges, dental implants are designed to be a permanent solution. With proper care and maintenance, they can last a lifetime, making them a worthwhile investment.

Dental Implant Candidacy

Only some people are ideal candidates for dental implants. Dr. Foleck carefully assesses each patient’s unique situation to determine their suitability for the procedure. Factors that may influence candidacy include:

  • Sufficient Bone Density: Adequate bone density in the jaw is crucial for the successful placement of dental implants. Dr. Foleck may recommend a bone graft for patients with insufficient bone mass.
  • Good Oral Health: Patients should have healthy natural teeth, free from issues like gum disease or cavities. Dr. Foleck will address any existing dental problems before proceeding with the implant procedure.
  • Overall Health: Patients with certain medical conditions, such as uncontrolled diabetes or autoimmune disorders, may need to be evaluated on an individual basis.

Dental Implant Procedure

Initial Consultation

The journey to getting your custom implants installed begins with a comprehensive consultation. During your initial consultation, Dr. Foleck will conduct a thorough examination of your missing tooth. He may also discuss your treatment options, and address any concerns you may have.

Dental Implant Placement

Once you and your dentist have decided to proceed, you’ll undergo a minor surgical procedure where Dr. Foleck will make small incisions into your gums. He’ll carefully insert the titanium dental implants into the jawbone through these incisions. Over about three to nine months, the implant will integrate with the surrounding bone, through a process known as osseointegration.

Abutment Placement

After the implant has fully fused with the jawbone, an abutment—a connector piece—will be attached to the implant. 


The final step involves attaching a custom-made crown, bridge, or denture to the abutment. Dr. Foleck ensures that the restoration not only fits seamlessly with the patient’s natural teeth but also matches their unique bite and aesthetics.

Dental Implants in Virginia Beach

Aftercare and Maintenance of Dental Implants

After the successful placement of your dental implants, proper aftercare and maintenance are crucial for their long-term success and your continued oral health. Here are some essential guidelines to follow:

Oral Hygiene Practices

Gently brush your dental implants and natural teeth at least twice a day using a soft-bristle toothbrush. Be thorough but gentle to avoid irritating the surrounding gum tissue. Use a nylon-coated interdental brush or dental floss to clean between your teeth and around the implants. This helps remove plaque and food particles.

Antimicrobial Rinses

Your dentist may recommend an antimicrobial mouthwash to help reduce the risk of infection. Follow the instructions provided by your dental care team.

Regular Dental Check-ups

Schedule regular dental visits and attend regular check-ups with Dr. Foleck and the dental team. These appointments are essential for monitoring the health of your implants and addressing any concerns promptly.

Avoid Harmful Habits

Avoid smoking and excessive consumption of alcohol, as these habits can negatively impact the healing process and the long-term success of your implants.

Balanced Diet

Maintain a balanced diet rich in essential nutrients. This promotes overall oral health and supports the healing process.

Protective Mouthguards

If you participate in contact sports or grind your teeth at night, consider using a mouthguard to protect your implants and natural teeth from potential damage.

Regular Cleaning by Dental Professionals

Professional cleanings are essential to remove plaque and tartar buildup that may be difficult to reach with regular brushing and flossing.

Possible Complications and Risks

While dental and implant surgery procedures have a high success rate, it’s important to be aware of potential complications and risks. These may include:


Infections can occur at the surgical site if proper dental hygiene practices are not followed. Prompt treatment and antibiotics can typically resolve this issue.

Implant Failure

In rare cases, an implant may fail to integrate with the jawbone. This could be due to various factors, such as inadequate bone density. Dr. Foleck will discuss suitable alternatives if this occurs.

Nerve Damage

There is a slight risk of nerve damage during the implant placement process. Dr. Foleck utilizes advanced techniques and technologies to minimize this risk.

Sinus Issues (for Upper Jaw Implants):

Upper jaw dental implants are positioned close to the sinuses. In rare instances, a sinus infection or perforation may occur. This risk will be thoroughly evaluated and discussed during the initial consultation with your dental provider.

Gum Recession

Improper oral hygiene practices or other factors may lead to gum recession around the implant. This can usually be addressed with corrective measures.

Remember, Dr. Foleck and our team at The Foleck Center are committed to providing the highest standard of care and will take every precaution to minimize potential risks and complications. If you have any concerns or experience any unusual symptoms, do not hesitate to contact our office immediately. Your well-being and satisfaction are our top priorities.

Post-Procedure Follow-up and Monitoring

Why Follow-up Appointments Matter

Following the placement of your dental implants, regular follow-up appointments are essential to track the healing process and ensure everything is progressing as expected. These appointments serve several crucial purposes:

Healing Assessment: Your first few appointments allow Dr. Foleck to assess the initial stages of the healing process. This includes monitoring the integration of the implant with the jawbone, ensuring there are no signs of infection, and evaluating your oral health.

Adjustments and Corrections: In some cases, minor adjustments may be needed to optimize the fit and function of your dental restoration. These adjustments are best identified and addressed during follow-up appointments.

Addressing Concerns: Any concerns or discomfort you may experience can be addressed promptly during these visits. Dr. Foleck and the dental team are dedicated to ensuring your comfort and satisfaction throughout the entire process.

Monitoring for Long-Term Success

Long-term success with dental implants relies on careful monitoring and maintenance. During follow-up appointments, Dr. Foleck will:

  • Conduct thorough examinations to check the stability of the implant and the health of the surrounding tissues.
  • Review your dental hygiene practices and provide personalized recommendations for maintaining the health of your implants.
  • Discuss any lifestyle factors or habits that may impact the longevity of your implants, offering guidance for their preservation.

Remember, your commitment to attending follow-up appointments plays a vital role in the ultimate success and longevity of your dental implants. Rest assured, Dr. Foleck and the team at The Foleck Center are dedicated to providing you with the highest level of care, ensuring your renewed smile brings you confidence and well-being for years to come.

Frequently Asked Questions

Embrace Your Journey to a Confident Smile

Don’t let a hesitant smile hold you back any longer. Discover the transformative power of dental implants at The Foleck Center. With Dr. Foleck’s guidance, our dedicated teams in Virginia Beach, Hampton, and Norfolk, VA are ready to help you rediscover the joy of a confident, radiant smile. 

Embrace the opportunity to eat, laugh, and live without reservation. Contact us today and let’s embark on this journey together towards a brighter, more fulfilling tomorrow.