Dental Implants are a Permanent Solution
Dr. Cappy Sinclair offers dental implants near Chesapeake, VA for patients missing one or more teeth. These permanent dental restorations are the most natural-looking and modern option for the replacement of missing teeth. They are now a routine procedure that has the highest success rate of any tooth replacement procedure. Dental implants provide long-term oral health benefits as well.
At Coastal Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, we offer many different dental implant options. Whether you are missing one tooth or many teeth, Dr. Sinclair will create a personalized treatment plan to restore beauty, health and function to your smile. Our caring and compassionate staff will educate you on the choices you have regarding dental implants to help you make the best decision for your long term dental health.
Why should I replace missing teeth?
Teeth are important for chewing, speaking, and smiling. They help you to eat healthy foods and maintain good oral hygiene. Some people have missing teeth or teeth that are in bad shape. There are many reasons why you may need tooth replacement, such as tooth loss due to gum disease, tooth decay, injury or illness.
Having missing teeth can be the most embarrassing thing for a person. It will affect your smile, the shape of your lower face, and your ability to eat certain foods. The way you look and feel about your look can have major negative consequences on your life. Not only can having missing teeth affect your appearance, it also affects your oral health.
There are many different types of tooth replacement options that a dentist may use depending on the circumstance, such as dental implants, dentures, or bridgework. Dental implants are a great way to replace lost teeth because they provide a permanent and stable replacement tooth for your smile.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small, screw-like titanium post. Your oral surgeon or dentist surgically implants this post into your jawbone beneath the gum line. This titanium post will act as the replacement tooth root, and provide a strong foundation for the dental restoration.
After implantation, it will take about three to six months for the implants to fuse with the surrounding bone. We cal this process Osseointegration. Dr. Sinclair will use these implanted posts to attach a replacement tooth or prosthetic.
A single dental implant can support a dental crown when a person is only replacing one tooth. If the patient is missing several teeth, they have options as to which prosthetic they get. For example, your dentist can place four dental implants to support a denture or dental bridge.
Dental implants do not come loose like dentures, and can last a lifetime if you maintain them and keep up with regular dental visits.
Do I Qualify For Dental Implants?
If you suffer from damaged or missing teeth, then you will most likely qualify for dental implants. In order for the implant to fuse properly with the surrounding bone, the patient must have enough bone structure. You may need to undergo a bone graft if you suffer from jawbone loss and deterioration. It is also important to have healthy gums and be free of periodontal disease.
If you think that you do not qualify, don’t worry! Dr. Cappy Sinclair and his team can put together a pre-implant treatment plan. The plan will include treatments to address underlying concerns to get your oral health in good shape for dental implants. Schedule a consultation with our dental care team today.
Age is typically not a deciding factor, although we do not recommend children get them until their jawbones completely develop. Young adults can get implants starting at about age 16 for girls and age 18 for boys.