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Benefits of Dental Implants

Whether you are missing one, two, or all of your teeth, it can affect your social life, confidence, and health

Dental implants are the most advanced, long-lasting, and effective way to replace any number of missing teeth. 

Wondering why you should choose Smiles for Life for your implant treatment? 

Dental Implants Are Highly Recommended

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Functional Benefits

Dental implants are placed into the jawbone, providing unparalleled stability by preventing your restoration from slipping out of place. You can enjoy fully restored oral function including clear speech and unrestricted diet

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Health-Related Benefits

Dental implants act as tooth roots, maintaining stimulation to the jawbone and protecting your oral health. This is essential to prevent jawbone atrophy, which can cause further tooth loss and create a sunken appearance.

Cosmetic Benefits 

Closing gaps between your teeth can enhance your smile. Implant-supported restorations also provide much more realistic results than traditional bridges or dentures by sitting snugly against the gums and blending seamlessly with the rest of your smile. 

How are dental implants placed? 

You are not alone...

However, not all patients are candidates for dental implants...

To Qualify for Dental Implants You Should:

Have Sufficient Jawbone 

Substantial jawbone tissue is required to support dental implants. If you have suffered from jawbone atrophy, you may need to undergo bone grafting to improve your candidacy.

Be in Good Oral & Overall Health

Oral health issues such as periodontal disease should be addressed before dental implant treatment. Additionally, because conditions like diabetes can increase the risk of complications, they should be under control before treatment. 

Avoid Smoking 

Smoking can increase your risk of serious complications because it impairs your body's ability to heal. You will need to refrain from smoking throughout the entire treatment process.

This patient shares his experience receiving implant-supported dentures and discusses their life-changing benefits.

man and woman smilingIf 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, Dr. Dan Whiting, Dr. Kelsey Rockey, or Dr. Bryant Ash may be able to help you qualify by performing a bone grafting procedure. Contact our practice today to learn more.

Implant-supported dentures renewed this patient's ability to eat the food he enjoys.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Functional Benefits

Dental implants actually mimic the function of your tooth roots. Because of this effect, they have a number of important benefits that no other type of restoration can provide. First, with implants, your crown, bridge, or denture will never slip out of place. In turn, you will enjoy completely restored oral function, and you will not face any dietary restrictions. Your speech will also be clear and precise, and you will not have to worry that your prosthetic will move around in your mouth. 

This patient was self-conscious about the appearance of her smile before receiving implant-supported dentures. Now, she shows off her smile confidently.

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.

“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

Several patients share their incredible experience working with the team at Smiles for Life.

Undergoing Dental Implant 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.

Dental implants will actually replace your tooth roots. Because of this, they have a number of important benefits that no other type of restoration can provide.

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.

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Dental implants provide unrivaled support for a crown, bridge, or denture.

Risks of Dental Implants

All surgical procedures carry some degree of risk. Complications following dental implant surgery can include:

  • Implant failure
  • Prolonged bleeding
  • Infection
  • Nerve damage
  • Damage to the sinus passages

Fortunately, these risks are quite rare. In fact, over the last two decades, implants have had an astonishing 95 percent success rate. To further ensure your safety, it is important to choose an experienced implant dentist. Our doctors have been placing implants for many years. They will use advanced imaging to position the posts very precisely, and they will carefully determine your candidacy for treatment. With their skill and precision, you can expect to enjoy a beautiful, functional smile that will last for years to come.

Smiles for Life 

The team of highly trained doctors at Smiles for Life wants to help you achieve and maintain a healthy smile for a lifetime. Because we want every patient to have access to the advanced treatments offered at our practice, we accept many insurance and financing options, including: 

  • Medicare 
  • Compassionate Finance™
  • CareCredit®
  • LendingClub®
  • iCare Financial®
  • Smile Rewards 

To get started, call our Bridgewater office at (540) 828-2312 or request an appointment online.

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