Dental Implant FAQs in Virginia Beach, VA
Dental implants are a popular and effective treatment option for people who have missing teeth. This dental prosthetic provides a stable foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. However, did you know that they can last a lifetime? Learn more about this restorative procedure by reviewing the following questions and answers about dental implants.
How does the treatment planning procedure work?
Dr. Sinclair or Dr. Reichley will begin with a thorough oral health exam to evaluate your oral health. After the exam, we will be able to determine if you are a successful candidate for dental implants in Virginia Beach. If so, we will begin to build your dental implant treatment plan. We use top-of-the-line dental technology for highly accurate and careful planning.
Dr. Sinclair or Dr. Reichley will outline the process, cost, and timeline, so you fully understand your commitment and benefits. To learn more about the dental implant process, see Dental implants.
How long does it take to heal from the dental implant procedure?
It takes about 3-6 months for your mouth to heal from dental implant surgery. Dr. Sinclair or Dr. Reichley may fit you with a temporary dental restoration during the healing process. After your mouth heals, you will return to our Virginia Beach office so that we can permanently attach your final prosthetic to the abutment and post.
Will people be able to tell that I have dental implants?
Coastal Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry uses only the most modern and advanced dental materials. The prosthetic tooth that we attach to your implant post will look and feel like a natural tooth. In fact, many people who have dental implants say that they can’t even tell that they have them. We will also custom design your restoration so that it matches the rest of your natural teeth.
The high-quality porcelain we use to make the restoration is reflective, just like natural tooth material, for lifelike results. The only people who will know you have a dental implant are you and your doctor!
How quickly can I get a replacement tooth?
There are many cases where it is feasible to provide a replacement tooth on the same day of implant surgery. However, we ensure that our patients have clear expectations of the implant process before we start it so they can prepare for any necessary downtime. Most patients will have to wait 3 to 6 months before we can place the final prosthetic on the implant. To learn more about quickly getting replacement teeth, see Teeth in a day.
What if I need additional dental treatments?
Dr. Sinclair and Dr. Reichley provide comprehensive dentistry, including preventative, cosmetic, and restorative dental treatments. You may require dental treatments to stabilize your oral health before you can get dental implants. For example, patients with gum disease will need periodontal therapy first. Bleeding and infected gums can compromise the success of your dental implant treatment because the gums are too weak.
We will build a comprehensive and personalized treatment plan and address all of your underlying dental issues first. Our staff will explain each step of the process so that you understand it and the need for recommended treatments.
Will I have to see a specialist?
No! Dr. Sinclair and Dr. Reichley provide inclusive dental implant services under our roof. They will monitor your procedure to ensure quality and cohesive care every step of the way. We conduct the entire dental implant service in our practice. In addition, our dental care team will handle your insurance, consultation, surgery, recovery, and the placement of the final restoration.
Do dental implants require special care?
Like your natural teeth, dental implants depend on healthy gums and surrounding tooth structures for support. You must discuss customizing your home care routine with your hygienist because caring for implants differs from caring for natural teeth. Visit your hygienist every three to four months for implant maintenance.
Fortunately, you will not need to buy special products to keep your dental implants in good shape. Regular and diligent oral hygiene should keep your dental implant healthy for a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Does my insurance cover dental implants?
Most likely, it does not. Insurance tends to not cover dental implants. However, they may cover some aspects of your treatment plan. Our compassionate and friendly staff will help you take full advantage of your insurance benefits. We also accept third-party financing, such as CareCredit, which allows you to make budget-friendly monthly payments. Dental implants are a hefty up-front investment in your oral health and quality of life, so make sure this is the best treatment for you before deciding it’s what you need.
Do you offer free dental implant consultations?
If you have a missing tooth or several missing teeth, Dr. Sinclair and Dr. Reichley provide CT scans to determine your eligibility for dental implants at Coastal Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry. Schedule an appointment with Coastal Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry today. To learn more about our dental implant services in Virginia Beach, VA, see: