What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small post made of titanium that is surgically implanted into the jawbone. The implant replaces the root of the tooth. The abutment is then attached to the implant, connecting it to the crown. The final part of the implant is the part you see: the crown. This is crafted with porcelain to look just like a natural tooth.
Benefits of dental implants
- Prevents deterioration of the jaw and facial structure
- Does not compromise the integrity of your healthy teeth because they are not altered in the process
- Implants integrate to the jaw bone and do not slip or move, providing security and confidence and comfort
- Provides a higher level of self-confidence knowing you can eat the foods you love and smile when you want
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Dental implants are an alternative to traditional crowns, bridgework, and dentures. They offer a person a higher quality of comfort and confidence in anything they do because they look and feel like natural teeth.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Most people are candidates for implants. There are some conditions that will not allow us to place implants. Ultimately the decision will be up to you, with the guidance of your dentist. Some conditions like osteoporosis or uncontrolled diabetes can cause delay of healing and lead to implant failure.
Types of implants
There are many different types of implants. During our first consultation, we will discuss your implant options, timeline, and budget. To learn more, schedule a dental implant consultation with one of our dentists at the location most convenient to you.
Implant options include:
- Single Tooth Implant (Implant-Supported Crown)
- Implant Bridge
- Implant Supported Overdenture
- Implant Supported Hybrid Denture
- Full Mouth Reconstruction
Related Implant Procedures
A key to implant success is the quantity and quality of the bone where the implant is placed. Certain conditions like periodontal disease or tooth loss can cause bone deficiency. Fortunately, there are procedures that can rectify these issues. These procedures include Bone Grafts/Soft Tissue Grafts and Sinus Lifts.
The Implant Process
The first visit will be a consult with your doctor to discuss your implant options, timeline, and budget. Once you decide on a course of treatment, we can make the appointment for the implant procedure. The process of dental implantation can take up to several months. Every patient’s needs are unique and timelines vary.
There is minimal pain from an implant procedure. We will prepare you before, during, and after for optimal pain management. Read more >>>
Dental Implant Seminars
Virginia Family Dentistry holds several dental implant seminars each year in our offices to further educate patients on this procedure. Attendees of a Virginia Family Dentistry Implant Seminar will receive a complimentary consultation as a thank you. View our seminar schedule for upcoming seminars near you.
Due to Covid-19, we are not hosting in-person seminars at this time. View our virtual dental implant seminar here.
Virginia Family Dentistry has been successfully placing implants for over 40 years. Our dentists are highly qualified and have received extensive training in Implantology. Many have attended Zimmer Courses, completed the Misch Institute or the Triangle Dental Institute training, and are fellows or diplomates of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.