Why replace missing teeth?
Having missing teeth can be the most embarrassing thing a person can experience. 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 appearance can have major negative consequences on your life. Not only can having missing teeth affect your appearance, it also affects your oral health. When you’re missing teeth, bone loss and an unbalanced bite will occur. An unbalanced bite will lead to TMJ disorders. Dental implants are the most natural looking and permanent solution to tooth loss.
Dental Implants for a Permanent Solution
Dr. Cappy Sinclair offers dental implants in his Chesapeake VA dentist office for patients missing one or more teeth. These permanent dental restorations are the most natural-looking and advanced solution for the replacement of missing teeth. They are now a routine procedure offering the highest success rate and long-term oral health benefits. At Coastal Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer several different options for dental implants. Whether you are missing one or several teeth, Dr. Sinclair can 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 including dental implants to help you make the best decision for your long term dental health.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically implanted into the jawbone beneath the gum line. This titanium post will act as the replacement tooth root providing 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, a process called osseointegration. Dr. Sinclair will use these implanted posts to attach a replacement tooth. Multiple dental implants will be placed to support a denture or bridge if the patient is missing several teeth. A single dental implant is implanted to support a dental crown when a person is only missing one tooth. Dental implants do not come loose like dentures and can last a lifetime if cared for properly along 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. Age is typically not a deciding factor although we do not recommend children get them since their jawbones have not completely developed. Young adults can get implants starting at about age 16 for girls and age 18 for boys. 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 do suffer from bone loss. It is also important to have healthy gums and be treated for periodontal disease first if it is discovered during your examination.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have a missing tooth or several missing teeth, we offer dental implants in our Chesapeake, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach area dentist office. Schedule an appointment today with Coastal Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Sinclair, along with his knowledgeable staff, will discuss your oral health, concerns, and budget to see if dental implants are the right choice for you.