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Dental Implants – Virginia Beach, VA

Replace Missing Teeth

When it comes to replacing any number of missing teeth, dental implants in Virginia Beach are simply in a class of their own. They are the only treatment to restore a tooth both above and below the gum line, creating a result that resembles nature in every way. At Lakeshore Dental, you can get this state-of-the-art solution right here in Virginia Beach, enabling you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence again. To learn more about this treatment and what it could do for you, contact us today!

How a Dental Implant Works

A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root placed directly into the jawbone in the space left by a missing one, and once there, it can be used to support a variety of restorations that show in the smile. For the placement procedure, we refer you to our trusted oral surgeon right next door to ensure you receive the highest level of care. After having a few months to heal, you will return to Lakeshore Dental to receive your new teeth and complete your smile.

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Benefits of Dental Implants

By replacing both the root and crown of your tooth, you benefit from several advantages that you will not achieve with conventional solutions, including:

  • High Success Rate: Dental implants offer over a 95% success rate.
  • Long-Term Solution: With the right aftercare, your new smile can last for several decades.
  • Looks and Feels Natural: Your jawbone fuses to the post to secure your restoration. You will not need to worry about any slipping or irritation as you regain as much as 70% of your biting force.
  • Stops Bone Loss: The implant post stimulates your jaw to encourage new bone growth. This protects your remaining natural teeth and your facial structures from decreased bone density.
  • Cost-Effective: Dental implants have the potential to remain in place forever. You will not need to pay for new implant posts in the future.

Indications for Dental Implants

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Dental implants can be used to treat all cases of tooth loss. Depending on how many teeth are being replaced, the materials needed, and the treatment process will vary slightly.

Missing Single Tooth

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An implant post is placed into your jawbone to act as a new root. After you have healed, an abutment is attached to it to connect a custom-made crown.

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Missing Multiple Teeth

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Several teeth in a row can be replaced using an alternative to a traditional bridge. Instead of using dental crowns to hold the bridge in place, an average of one or two implant posts anchors it to your jawbone.

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Missing All Teeth

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Skip the hassle of traditional dentures using dental implant posts. Your custom-made arch is secured in place using an average of 4 implants.

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Mini Dental Implants

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In order for a patient to be a good candidate to get dental implants, they need to have a strong and thick jawbone that can reliably support the prosthetic roots. If the jawbone is too thin or brittle to do this, we can instead use mini dental implants. They are smaller and thinner than traditional implant posts, but they can still be used to support a dental restoration that is much stronger and natural-looking than any other alternative.

Dental Implant Technology

The success of dental implants not only relies on a dentist’s training and qualifications, but also the use of the latest technologies. At Lakeshore Dental, Dr. Patel embraces state-of-the-art advancements to promote the success of your new smile long before your dental implants are even placed into your jawbone. Elite imaging, high-quality impressions, and even sedation allows you to enjoy a comfortable and stress-free process to ensure your new investment has the foundation it needs to last for a lifetime.

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Advanced Dental Implant Procedure

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With advanced dental implant procedures by Lakeshore Dental, Dr. Patel can give you back the hope you may have lost when learning you were ineligible for dental implants. When a weakened jawbone prevents you from replacing your missing teeth, we can step in and perform a sinus lift or bone graft to get your started on the path to a new and improved smile.

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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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Although dental implant cost more upfront than conventional treatments, they are more cost-effective long-term. With the right aftercare, like maintaining your oral hygiene, you will not need to have them replaced. When determining how much you can expect to pay for your new smile there are several factors that influence the price, such as how many teeth are missing, if you need additional procedures, and your dental coverage.

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Invest in Your Smile Today!

If you are ready to stop living with the challenges of missing teeth, your dentist in Virginia Beach can help you invest in your smile. Contact our dental office today to see if dental implants are right for you.

Dental Implant Aftercare

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So you’ve got your brand-new, recompleted smile with the help of dental implants – now what? Making sure you keep oral health and function at a maximum over the coming years is a big priority, of course, which is why aftercare is such a crucial part of the treatment process. Our team is happy to lend a helping hand! Check out our detailed aftercare tips for implant-retained teeth, and please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment if you’re experiencing any concerning symptoms or discomfort.

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Dental Implant Salvage

Dental implant failure is rare, but it can occasionally happen due to infection, injuries, teeth grinding or an improperly performed procedure. If your implant comes loose or causes persistent pain, call us for an appointment. We’ll use advanced technology such as digital X-rays to gather as much information as possible about the inside of your mouth before recommending a treatment strategy. We might need to remove the implant temporarily, but we can try and replace it once the issue has been resolved.

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Dental Implant FAQs

Even with all this information about dental implants, you may still have some questions. We understand and agree that you should know as much as possible about this treatment before starting it. That’s why we’re providing the answers to some common questions about dental implants. If you have more questions that we haven’t addressed here, contact our dental office in Virginia Beach to schedule a consultation with Dr. Patel. We look forward to helping you!

What technology do you use to ensure that dental implants are successful?

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At Lakeshore Dental, we utilize technology that helps us improve the way we treat our patients. In the case of dental implants, Dr. Patel can use our i3D Smart scanner to get a highly defined image of your oral structures. Using these, he can better plan out the placement procedure. That way, we reduce the invasive measures needed for success, leading to faster healing and better long-term function and aesthetics.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

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Dental implants are a great tooth replacement option, but they may not be right for everyone. For example, you need to be in good oral health to be eligible. Also, your jaw bone needs to be strong enough to support dental implants. If it isn’t, we may be able to perform a bone graft to provide the necessary reinforcement for dental implant placement. The best way to know whether you qualify for this replacement option is to have a consultation with Dr. Patel. He can evaluate your mouth and help formulate a personalized treatment plan that meets your specific needs.

What can cause dental implants to fail?

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Over 95 percent of the time, dental implants are placed successfully. However unlikely, failure is possible. If you have an untreated oral infection, your gums and jaw bone may not surround the implant post as expected. Or if you lack sufficient jaw bone, the implant may not have the strength to handle normal functions properly. That’s why Dr. Patel is so thorough before placing dental implants. He goes above and beyond the minimum to give you the best chances of success in the short and long term.

What can I do to make my dental implants last longer?

Dental implants have a long potential lifespan, but much of that depends on you. When you take the necessary steps to maintain your dental implants, they can last for over 30 years! These steps include brushing and flossing on a daily basis and visiting Lakeshore Dental twice every year for checkups and cleanings. Basically, you need to treat your dental implants like natural teeth.

At Lakeshore Dental, we want to make sure that you feel completely confident about your treatment, so if you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact us for an appointment. We will happily address your concerns and help you find the perfect solution to replace your missing teeth. Get on the path toward a complete, functional, beautiful smile by scheduling your consultation today!