Dr. Cappy Sinclair and Dr. Mark Reichley understand the embarrassment and anxiety that comes with losing your teeth. Coastal Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Virginia Beach offers full dental implant services to replace your missing teeth or severely damaged teeth.
Our caring and compassionate staff will educate you on the choices you have, including dental implants in Virginia Beach, VA. We will also help denture wearers make the best decision for their long-term dental health. Many patients actually avoid premature facial sagging and prevent bone loss using dental implants. Continue reading to learn about our dental implants, the different types that we provide, the process and more.
Dental Implants are a Permanent Solution
Dental implants are the ideal treatment option for people who want a permanent, natural-looking solution to replace their missing and lost teeth. While there are a number of treatment options for replacing your teeth, none can replicate the quality, effectiveness, and durability of natural teeth like dental implants.
Furthermore, dental implants have a high success rate and patient satisfaction rate compared to other tooth replacement options. With our dental implants in Virginia Beach VA, you can eat, drink, speak and smile with confidence and without any restrictions.
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The Dental Implant Process at Our Dental Office
The process for dental implants takes place over several months. Dr. Sinclair and Dr. Reichley spend significant time in the pre-treatment and planning phase to create a personalized treatment plan that will have predictable and successful results. We will provide you with dental implants that look like your natural smile and teeth. Continue reading to learn about the dental implant process at our Virginia Beach dental office.
1. Comprehensive Dental Implant Evaluation
A comprehensive evaluation is the first step in the process for getting dental implants at our office. This will include a physical examination of your teeth, gums, jaw joints, and other support structures of your mouth. We will also take dental X-rays. It is important that you have the adequate bone structure to secure the implant in place, so we may recommend a bone graft if you do not.
Dr. Sinclair or Dr. Reichley will then create a personalized treatment plan. The plan may include all the dental services that you need for the implant to be successful. We will coordinate the surgical phase of treatment with an oral surgeon or periodontist as well. However, we will be with you every step of the way.
2. Placement of the Implant Post
The next step in the process is the surgical phase. Working from the treatment plan, an oral surgeon or periodontist will place the implant post or fixture into your jaw bone. The implant post will serve as the root for the new prosthetic tooth. Strategic planning is crucial to the long-term success and comfort of the final restoration. That’s why we are very selective about which oral surgeon we partner with for this procedure.
After the surgery, we will give your mouth time to heal. It usually takes roughly 3 to 6 months to heal. During this time, we may place a temporary crown or bridge to aid in the healing process, as well as for functional and cosmetic purposes. After all, we still want you to be able to use your mouth.
We will also create the dental prosthetic that will act as your replacement teeth. If we are replacing a single tooth, we will create a lifelike dental crown. If we are replacing many teeth, we may create an implant-supported denture, hybrid denture, over-bridge, or an implant-supported bridge.
3. Placement of the Implant Restoration or Dental Prosthetic
The last step is placing the final restoration or dental prosthetic. Once your mouth heals over the implant post, Dr. Sinclair or Dr. Reichley will uncover it and finalize the treatment. Our dentists will first make sure that the jaw bone has properly fused with the implant post. Then, Dr. Sinclair or Dr. Reichley will permanently secure your final restoration to the implant post using an abutment. The abutment is what holds the prosthetic to the implant.
After the restoration is complete, our dentists will examine the implant site to make sure everything looks good. We will give you post-op and care instructions before you leave our office. There you have it! With that, your dental implant procedure is complete.
The Types of Dental Implants
A dental implant is the closest thing you can get to your natural tooth, but you should be aware that there are different types available. The type of dental implant that is suitable for you will depend on numerous factors including your oral health, oral habits, and the previous location of the missing tooth or teeth. The following are just some of the types of dental implants we can provide you with at Coastal Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry.
Single Tooth Implant Replacement
Dental implants are a highly successful treatment option to replace a single tooth. First, we place a single implant into the healthy root socket. Then, we will permanently attach a custom-designed and fabricated dental crown to the implant post.
Dental crowns reflect light like natural teeth. Because of this, we will color-match the crown to your surrounding teeth for an aesthetically pleasing result. Implant-secured dental crowns are comfortable, durable, and can last for many years with proper oral hygiene. To learn more about replacing a single lost tooth using a dental implant, see Single Dental Implants.
All-on-Four Dental Implants
The All-on-Four procedure uses titanium implants and precise dental treatment planning to secure a complete denture for the replacement of multiple missing teeth. With this treatment, patients with advanced bone deterioration can receive implant-secured dentures or denture implants. Using careful treatment planning, Dr. Sinclair and Dr. Reichley can avoid traditional bone grafting, which is time-consuming and costly. To learn more about All-On-Four and the benefits of this method, see All-on-Four Implant Dentures and Benefits of All on Four Implants.
Teeth In A Day
Advancements in dental technology have made dental restorations more natural-looking, more comfortable, and more durable. We offer Teeth-In-A-Day to patients looking to restore their smile quickly and effectively. Dr. Sinclair and Dr. Reichley stay updated with the latest dental technique and technology to serve their patients better. To learn more about getting new teeth in one day, see Teeth In A Day.
Dental Implant Aftercare
When it comes to looking after yourself after you’ve had dental implants, it might seem like a lot of work. But in reality, there are just a few simple steps you need to take to ensure that you take good care of your new teeth implants!
For starters, you should continue to practice good oral hygiene like brushing at least twice a day and flossing. This is important before and after you get dental implants and will help keep your new dental implants in top condition.
You should also be scheduling regular check ups with our dentists to monitor the progress of your dental implants. Because dental implants live in your jaw bone, the bone may require extra time to fuse with the implant. Regular appointments with your dentist can help keep an eye on how everything is healing and if we need to make any adjustments.
When brushing your dental implants, you should not use a hard-bristled brush and be careful to not brush too hard, as this can damage your gums around the restoration. You should use a gentle toothbrush and soft bristles, and use a very light touch when brushing your teeth.
Diet is a large factor when it comes to dental implant care as well. Avoid very hard, really crunchy, and overly sticky foods as this can damage your implants. Also, try to avoid excess consumption of sugary and acidic beverages like soda, as these can cause tartar to form, damaging your implants as well.
Finally, it’s important to not ignore any potential symptoms or signs of complications. Should you experience any unnerving sensations or swelling, be sure to contact our dentist right away, as these are signs of possible infection that require medical attention.
Following these basic steps will help you get the most out of your dental implants and keep them looking and functioning their best. Talk to your dental hygienist and dentist about how to care for your dental implants for more tips regarding your specific case. Good luck with your dental implant aftercare!
Schedule a Consultation for Dental Implants in Virginia Beach, VA
If you have a missing tooth or several missing teeth, we offer dental implants in Virginia Beach, VA, and surrounding communities including Chesapeake and Norfolk. Find out why dental implants are the preferred solution for missing teeth by both dentists and patients. Give us a call at 757-656-6368, or request an appointment online today.