At Virginia Biological Dentistry, we pride ourselves on the ability to provide beautiful, long-lasting tooth restoration options for patients in the Glen Allen area. Our state-of-the-art dental facility has the latest proven technology and our team continually undergoes education to ensure our patients receive the best care possible.
When patients are faced with tooth loss or extraction, there are several options for restoration. Dentures, bridges, and dental implants are all effective ways to restore function and beauty to the smile. Deciding which solution is best for you can seem overwhelming, but that’s where we come in. We will be able to discuss options and help you decide which treatment fits best within your budget and lifestyle.
Dental implants have become an increasingly popular option for a few reasons. The number one reason is they are permanent because they integrate with the jawbone. While bridges are considered permanent, they rest on top of the gum line and require support from adjacent teeth. Dental implants are the closest to natural teeth and can provide patients with a fully functioning, stable, and beautiful solution.
In order to receive dental implants, patients must have sufficient bone structure. If patients have suffered degeneration after gum disease or infection, a bone graft may be necessary prior to receiving implants.
The dental implant process can be lengthy. During the initial phase, X-rays are taken to determine the proper placement of the implant. Patients may use dental implants for one or several missing teeth or multiple implants to support an entire arch of teeth.
Once the implant has been placed, the healing process can begin. Before placement of the final restoration, the jawbone must have enough time to grow around the implant for stability. This process can take several months and a temporary restoration can be worn in the interim.
Once healing has completed, the implant can be fully restored. This can be done with a crown, denture, or bridge depending on the need. With proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits, dental implants can last for the rest of your life.
If you are suffering from tooth loss and are ready to learn about dental implants, call us today for a consultation. We’re happy to work with you and answer any questions you have on the potential costs of implants based on your insurance coverage.