FAQ: Replacing Missing Teeth

At Coastal Cosmetic + Implant Dentistry, Dr. Cappy Sinclair and Dr. Mark Reichley provide restorative dentistry services including several tooth replacement options. Our office welcomes patients with complex dental concerns such as missing or severely damaged teeth to visit our Virginia Beach, VA dentists.

Both Dr. Sinclair and Dr. Reichley have extensive experience in helping patients restore their smiles after tooth loss. If you are missing teeth and considering your tooth replacement options in Virginia Beach, VA, learn the answers to frequently asked questions about replacing missing teeth below.

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Why should I replace missing teeth?

Missing teeth put the rest of your smile at risk for developing other complex dental concerns. Patients with missing teeth are at an increased risk of developing gum disease and dental decay. This is because missing teeth create unintended gaps in your smile where food residue and bacteria can hide. Additionally, missing teeth put you at risk for experiencing teeth shifting, which occurs when your remaining teeth attempt to fill the gap created by your missing teeth.

If you have undergone any orthodontic care in the past, this increases your risk of experiencing an orthodontic relapse. Finally, missing teeth can put additional strain on your remaining teeth, which may lead to dental damages or even more tooth loss depending on how long you wait to pursue your tooth replacement options.

What are my tooth replacement options?

At our Virginia Beach, VA dentist office, we offer dental implants, dentures, partials, and implant-secured dentures as potential tooth replacement options for patients with one or more missing teeth.  Dental implants are considered the premier option for tooth replacement.

They restore not only the tooth itself but also the tooth roots beneath your soft tissues. Using a titanium post that is surgically implanted beneath your soft tissues, the dental implant functions just like your natural tooth would.

Implants can be used to replace one missing tooth or a full arch of missing teeth. Implant-supported dentures and partials are excellent for patients who need to replace a full arch of teeth but are also looking to avoid denture slippage.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

To be considered for dental implant treatment, patients must be in otherwise good dental health. Your jawbone must be strong enough to undergo a surgical procedure and to support the implant post. Bone grafting and gum grafting services may be required to prepare your smile for a successful dental implant procedure.

The best way to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants is to schedule a tooth replacement consultation with one of our Virginia Beach dentists. They will inform you of all of your tooth replacement options and make suggestions as to which option will be right for your needs and goals. If you are in need of tooth replacement services, visit one of our Virginia Beach dentist office.