Every year, our doctors meet with hundreds of Chesapeake patients who want to learn more about replacement options for their loose or missing teeth. And while there are several options available, most dental professionals—including our doctors—recommend dental implants to those who qualify. This method of replacing missing teeth is considered one of the best options on the market for many reasons, but one of the biggest benefits dental implants offer patients is they are permanent and are designed to last a lifetime. Keep reading as we talk more about dental implants, how they work, and their many benefits.
The Ins and Outs of Dental Implants
Dental implants are small titanium screws that our doctors surgically implant into the jawbone of their Chesapeake patients. After they have been placed, the dental implants will heal and fuse to the jawbone. This process permanently secures them in place, and as long as patients properly care for them, their dental implants will never need to be replaced.
After the healing process has been completed and the dental implants are stable, our doctors will place an abutment on top of them. This piece is what holds the new prosthetic crowns in place. It is possible that the dental crown may wear down over time and require replacement, but the dental implants will last forever. If you require new crowns, the only thing that you’ll have to do is visit our doctors to have a new crown placed on the abutment—it’s as simple as that!
When you visit our doctors for your initial dental implants consultation, they will determine whether or not you are a good candidate for this procedure. Typically, Chesapeake men and women qualify for dental implants if they:
- Have loose or missing teeth, whether one or many
- Prefer a permanent solution rather than dentures or bridges
- Need to have a tooth or teeth extracted and would like to have it replaced
- Want a permanent tooth-replacement system that offers natural-looking results and restores their full oral function
How Can I Be Sure my Dental Implants Will Last Forever?
As we mentioned above, dental implants are designed to last forever. However, if you don’t properly care for them, you may encounter complications that could require their replacement or removal.
Dental implants don’t require any type of demanding or involved care. They merely need to be cared for as your natural teeth were. Our doctors stress that Chesapeake patients should perform the following oral hygiene steps to ensure the success of their dental implants:
- Brush implants twice a day
- Floss implants once a day
- Use antibacterial mouthwash once a day
- Visit your general dentist twice a year for regular cleanings and checkups
Talk to Our Doctors at Coastal Virginia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Chesapeake to Learn More About Dental Implants
Our doctors truly care about every patient they see. Their full focus is to provide each one with the highest level of compassionate care while providing results that are long-lasting, functional, and aesthetically pleasing.
To learn more about dental implants, or to ask any questions about Coastal Virginia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, contact our office and a member of our friendly team will be happy to help you.