Dental Implants Virginia Beach
Before modern dental technology, the only option for Dental Implants Virginia Beach were dental bridges and dentures. Now we have the ability to place implants in place of missing teeth to act as a permanent bridge. Dental implants can even be used to act as anchors for dentures. Implants are a great option to fill space where teeth have been removed or fallen out. The best part about Dental Implants Virginia Beach is that they are designed to replicate the structure and functionality of the original tooth. In order to receive an implant, you must have a solid bone structure for the implant to attach to. Because of this, not everyone is able to get dental implants.
Implant Placement Procedure
Our dentists first take the time to map out the placement of the implant, and structure the new tooth so that it fits just like the original one did. Using an implant guide, we are able to target the exact area the implant needs to be placed. Once the implant placement has been set, we begin to remove the tissue and place the implant.
A dental implant typically takes around three months for the surrounding bone and tissue to hold the new implant. This process of the gum and bone adapting to the new implant is known as osseointegration.
During this three month period, a patient will return to our Dental Office Virginia Beach for check ups to see the progress of the healing around the tooth. The tooth will be analyzed to see if it is bonding well to the bone, and if it is healing properly the final step of restoration will be carried out.
Crowns, Bridges or Implant-Retained Dentures
The final restorative phase of an implant is the installation of a metal abutment. This abutment will be an anchor for the restoration. The metal abutment is only installed once the bone and gum have healed around the implant. Implants are then turned into crowns, bridges or different types of dentures. A crown uses the implant to replace a single tooth. Bridges are used to replace a spot for multiple teeth. Implant retained dentures are dentures that are secured in the mouth by attaching to a series of implants.