Experience the Unmatched Benefits of Dental Implants

Older couple smiling togetherIf you are missing teeth and seeking the best restorative treatment available, dental implants may be right for you. Dental implants are small metal posts that are surgically placed in the jaw. Once healed, implants can provide a lifetime of unmatched support for dental crowns, bridges, and dentures. When you turn to Smiles for Life for dental implants, we can perform each stage of treatment here at our Bridgewater, VA, practice. If we find that jawbone recession is precluding you from treatment, Dr. Joe McIntyre or Dr. Dan Whiting may be able to help you qualify by performing a bone grafting procedure. Contact our practice today to learn more.

Why Choose Dental Implants?

Traditional restorations are supported by clasps or adhesives, so they can sometimes slip out of position. By securing your restoration with dental implants, you can eat, speak, and smile with confidence and continue to enjoy all of your favorite foods. In addition, implant-supported restorations sit directly against the gums, so they offer an exceptional level of comfort. Finally, dental implants actually fuse with the jawbone to function like artificial tooth roots. This allows them to return proper stimulation to the jaw and halt the bone recession that naturally occurs after tooth loss. Dental implants are the only restorative treatment that can provide this benefit.

Implant-supported Restorations We Offer

The type of restoration that is right for you will depend on the number of teeth being replaced and your unique goals. At Smiles for Life, we offer:

  • Implant-supported Bridges: Made from multiple artificial teeth that have been fused together, these restorations are used to replace up to three consecutive teeth.
  • Implant-supported Dentures: An implant-supported denture can be used to replace several teeth or an entire row.
  • Zirconia Implant-supported Bridges: Zirconia implant-supported bridges are similar to full-arch implant-supported dentures. However, they are made from a state-of-the-art material that is incredibly durable and virtually identical to natural enamel.

We will take the time to review the unique benefits of each type of implant-supported restoration during your dental implants consultation. We will also inform you about the different types of dental implants that are appropriate for your restoration. Recently, many of our patients have qualified for treatment our exciting All-on-4 Dental Implants. Like all surgery, dental implant treatment has benefits and risks. However, the risks are minimal and most patients feel that the benefits far outweigh them.

Traditional restorations are supported by clasps or adhesives, so they can sometimes slip out of position. By securing your restoration with dental implants, you can eat, speak, and smile with confidence and continue to enjoy all of your favorite foods.

“I have had a partial for 40 years and eating certain foods was limited. Since having implants, I have been able to eat foods like raw carrots, steaks, etc. I feel a lot better about myself.” Wes Loomis

Undergoing a Dental Implants Treatment

Before undergoing treatment, we will first take 3-D computerized tomography (CT) scans of your jaw to help determine if dental implants are right for you. Since the jawbone naturally begins to atrophy (or shrink) after tooth loss, some patients will find that they do not have enough healthy bone density to support dental implants. Fortunately, our doctors can often use bone grafting to restore jawbone density and help these patients qualify.

During implants placement surgery, we will create small incisions into your gum line. Next, your doctor will insert each implant post directly into the jaw. The posts will be left to heal for four to six months so that they can completely integrate with the surrounding bone. We can provide a temporary restoration for you to wear during this time. Once healed, you will return to our practice to have your implant-supported restoration secured firmly in place.

Learn More about Dental Implants

To schedule a dental implants consultation with one of our doctors, reach out to Smiles for Life today.