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Dental Implants

Virginia Beach

Dental Implants

Before modern dental technology, the only options for a missing tooth were bridges or dentures. Now we have the ability to place implants where you’re missing teeth to act as a permanent bridge. They can even be used as anchors for dentures in more serious cases. This is a great way to fill spaces where teeth have been removed or fallen out. The best part about implants is that they are designed to replicate the structure and function of the original tooth. In order to receive these an implant, you must have a solid bone structure for the implant to attach to. Because of this, not everyone can get this procedure, but we offer many other solutions for missing teeth.

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Placement Procedure

First, our dentists create a plan for the new tooth using an implant planning software. This way, your tooth will look and feel similar to the original one. Using an implant guide, we determine exactly where the implant should be placed. Then, we begin removing tissue to finalize the placement of the implant. 

Healing Time

It takes approximately three months for the surrounding bone and tissue to heal after an implant has been placed. During this three month period, the patient must return to our Dental Office in Virginia Beach for regular checkups. This will allow us to make sure the implant is healing correctly and monitor for any changes. We will analyze the implant to make sure it bonds to the bone. The process of the gum and bone adapting to the new implant is known as osseointegration.

Crowns, Bridges or Implant-Retained Dentures

The final restorative phase is the installation of a metal abutment, which will be an anchor for a crown, bridge, or even dentures. This abutment is only installed once the bone and gum have completely healed around the new tooth. Crowns will replace a single tooth, bridges replace multiple teeth, and dentures replace a larger series of teeth. 

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Contact Mill Dam Dental Care today to find out if Dental Implants are the right choice for you.

Advances In Technology

Over the past few decades, implant technology has grown at an exponential rate. In the past, the process of replacing a tooth was difficult, time consuming, and not a good fit for every patient. Now, digital technology allows us to create a custom implant for patients who need it, making the process faster and more efficient.

Due to improved technology, modern-day oral implants are safer and more versatile, allowing for a wider variety of people to receive this procedure. 

Digital Implant Planning Software

Digital implant planning software, or DIPS, is perhaps the most important innovation in implant history. This software allows us to take a detailed physical scan of the patient’s face, mouth, and teeth. With this scan, we use the software to design a custom implant entirely on the computer. The result is an extremely detailed implant that is unique to the shape of the patient’s mouth. DIPS is highly accurate and very efficient, because we no longer have to rely on third-party developers to create your implant. 

Guided Implant Surgery

Another major innovation has been guided implant surgery. Guided implant surgery has dramatically reduced the chances of surgery-induced health complications while increasing the chances of healthy and healed gums. Guided implant surgery is highly accurate, and the process is easier and faster for our staff as well. With these tools, dentists do not need to make as many incisions to insert the implant, which improves healing time. 

Zirconia Crowns

For many years, options for crowns were limited. They were only made with ceramic materials, which often irritated patients’ gums. Today, we have a wider variety of options. These include polished zirconia crowns, which are much easier on the gums and give you a natural look. In fact, they are very difficult to spot once they’ve been implanted. In many cases, these crowns last a lifetime, as they are put in with a screw to increase their longevity. 

3D Printed Implants

3D printing is completely changing the way we develop each implant. While we can’t use 3D printing for every implant, this technology offers huge possibilities. A 3D printer would allow us to create implants on site very quickly and affordably. Not only does this speed up the process, but it could result in huge cost savings for patients as well.

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