Dr. Cappy Sinclair of Coastal Cosmetic Dentistry in Virginia Beach specializes in the replacement of missing teeth. Whether your teeth are missing because of an injury or accident, gum disease, tooth decay, age or other reasons, Dr. Sinclair offers a wide range of natural looking replacement options. We offer Free Consultations for patients with tooth loss to explore the various options available.
Tooth loss creates a range of problems for patients from emotional and social concerns to sometimes serious medical conditions. Once a tooth is lost, the bone begins to deteriorate. It will continue to deteriorate if no treatment is sought, making replacement options more and more difficult and potentially affecting other teeth. It can also potentially cause TMJ disorders because your teeth my shift causing your bite alignment to be off. For this reason, missing teeth should be treated as quickly as possible.
There are a variety of options available for replacing missing teeth. Dr. Sinclair will perform a comprehensive evaluation to diagnose your specific condition and make recommendations for the best long term results. Our goal is to restore your smile to its natural function with optimal health and esthetics.
Dental implants have quickly become the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. This treatment offers a permanent solution for tooth loss, with success rates exceeding 95%.
Dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. In fact, many patients say that they forget they even have a dental implant.
Dental implant costs are a major concern for many patients. It should be noted, however, that dental implants offer the best long term solution and need the least amount of dental work in the future. While no type of dental restoration is 100% guaranteed, patients with dental implants often experience little to no maintenance requirements or additional costs.
A dental bridge can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. The restoration is comprised of a prosthetic tooth (or series of teeth), supported by dental crowns, which are placed over teeth adjacent to the gap.
A fixed dental bridge that uses dental crowns has some limitations that should be considered. This type of restoration requires a dental crown to be placed on the teeth that neighbor the missing tooth. This can be an issue, particularly if those teeth are healthy, because it places stress on the natural teeth and could lead to wear, cavity formation, or other dental issues.
An alterantive to a traditional bridge could be a dental implant supported hybrid bridge or partial denture. One or more dental implants can be placed in the jaw to support the bridge for a more stable and conservative treatment.
A third option is a resin bonded bridge. This type of treatment is often used for younger patients with missing teeth (congentially or otherwise), who are not yet candidates for dental implants. The prosthetic tooth is secured to adjacent teeth and bonded using a tooth colored resin for a highly natural and stable, yet temporary, restoration.
Dr. Sinclair will evaluate your condition and make the recommendation that is best for you.
Used for centuries to replace missing teeth, dentures and partial dentures can be a very effective solution for missing teeth. Traditional dentures are removable. Advances in technology and restorative materials make today's dentures look and feel more natural than ever before.
One of the biggest challenges facing people with missing teeth is going without their bridgework or dentures. Other concerns are eating and speaking comfortably. Most denture wearers tell us that they don’t smile as much as they used to because they’re afraid the dentures will slip, or that others will notice their dentures.
Dr. Cappy Sinclair is one of the few dentist in the United States that has the advanced training, technology and experience to offer “All on Four”, a procedure that allows for the immediate and permanent replacement of missing teeth. As few as four dental implants will be placed in the jaw to secure a permanent, natural looking restoration, either a partial or full denture.
The All on 4 procedure makes it possible for you to have your teeth removed, dental implants placed and restored with a temporary dental bridge all in the same day. Comprehensive pre-treatment planning is what makes this procedure possible. Dr. Sinclair uses advanced 3D imaging software to plan the precise placement of the dental implants.
First, the teeth will be removed in a comfortable operatory setting under dental sedation. Next, the dental implants are placed. Dr. Sinclair will place anywhere from one to seven dental implants depending on your specific circumstances. A temporary crown or hybrid bridge will be secured to the dental implants to restore esthetics and function. Patients are advised to adhere to a soft diet during the 2 – 3 months following the All-on-Four procedure for proper healing of the dental implants.
When the dental implants have fully integrated with the jaw bone, the temporary bridge will be removed and the permanent crown, overbridge or denture will be secured in place for a permanent restoration.