Now patients who are missing teeth have a strong, beautiful alternative to bridges, partials, or full dentures. Dental implants will improve your smile and your lifestyle. They look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Implants are anchored into the jawbone using a titanium post, which mimics the roots of a natural tooth. Implants can anchor any type of artificial teeth, including crowns, bridges, partials, or full dentures, to eliminate slipping and provide security. We recommend dental implants in Virginia Beach to certain patients who seek these benefits, who have strong enough bone to support implants, and who are willing to commit to the process required to get them.
Are Dental Implants Right For You?
After a thorough evaluation, Dr. Mary Lewis can tell you whether you’re a candidate for dental implants in Virginia Beach. They require adequate bone structure for placement. In some patients whose bones aren’t thick and strong enough to allow for implants, bone graft surgery to place more bone in the sockets of the missing teeth may be able to strengthen the area enough to get the implants.
The first stage of the procedure involves oral surgery, in which a titanium post is implanted into the jawbone for each missing tooth or for the new teeth that will anchor a bridge or denture. Nature will take its course, allowing your bone tissue to fuse with the titanium post. This creates a solid foundation, making the implant similar to a natural tooth’s root.
Once the implants have fused with your bone, your dentist will attach a handcrafted, permanent crown to each post. The restorations will match your natural teeth and blend seamlessly with your smile. If you need all of your teeth replaced, the minimum number of implant posts you need to support a full denture is four, although many dentists prefer to place a few more so there isn’t too much stress on any of them during chewing. When an implant is subjected to excessive stress, it may break away from the bone and fall out, so it’s worth it to get enough implants to give them the best chance of remaining secure for many years.
Dental Implants in Virginia Beach
By imitating an entire natural tooth, from the root up, dental implants offer a prosthetic that closely mimics nature. The result? Dental implant patients enjoy restored function, which allows a healthy diet of hard-to-chew foods. Speech may also improve. Strong and secure, your new smile will boost your confidence, enhance your appearance, and improve your quality of life.
Dentist in Virginia Beach
If you’re interested in dental implants in Virginia Beach, or if you’ve previously had implants and need a new prosthetic attached to them, book a complementary appointment with Dr. Mary Lewis at Virginia Beach Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. After a thorough exam and a discussion of your goals, she’ll explain all of your options to you, so you can make the most informed decisions about your dental care. If you choose to get one or more dental implants, Dr. Lewis is one of the few general dentists who has received specialized training in the placement of implants. You can have your implants placed by your own dentist, who you know and trust. If you’re looking for a dentist in Virginia Beach with specialized training in dental implant restorations, please call our office to book your appointment.