Dental Implants – Virginia Beach, VA
Replace the Entire
Structure of Missing Teeth
It doesn’t matter whether you’re missing one tooth or all of your teeth, dental implants can help restore the complete function and structure of your smile as well as offer a wide range of unique benefits. We often recommend this treatment for patients who are looking for a more reliable alternative to traditional dentures or bridges. If you feel as though dental implants from our Virginia Beach, VA dentist sound like a great option for you, schedule a consultation with our team at Goyal Dentistry!
Why Choose Goyal Dentistry for Dental Implants?
- We Accept Dental Insurance
- Local & Veteran-Owned Dental Office
- Passionate & Helpful Dental Team
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small, titanium posts that we can place beneath the surface of your gums to restore the roots of your missing teeth. Due to the biocompatible nature of the metal, the implants are able to naturally fuse with the jawbone to provide the area with necessary blood flow and support. We’ll then be able to attach customized dental prosthetics to the implants to permanently secure them in your mouth and complete your smile.
The 4-Step Dental Implant Process
No two dental implant treatments are the exact same, but there’s four major steps of the process that every patient will go through:
1. The Initial Consultation
During your initial consultation, Dr. Goyal will examine your mouth, talk to you about your medical history, and get a good idea of what you hope to achieve throughout this process. Based on this information, our team will outline a treatment plan for you and walk you through the details, including pricing, how many implants you’ll need to have placed, and whether you require a preparatory procedure.
2. Dental Implant Placement.
If you agree to move forward with the process, our team will coordinate your dental implant surgery with a trusted oral surgeon that we work with. They will place your implants at their dental office, and you’ll return to us afterward.
3. Osseointegration & Abutment Placement.
Once your implants have been placed, you’ll spend several months healing and undergoing the osseointegration period, which is where your implants will naturally fuse with your jawbone. As soon as this is complete, you’ll return to us so we can attach small, metal connector pieces called abutments to your implants.
4. Placing the Final Restorations.
As soon as we receive your final restoration, we’ll attach it to your abutments to complete your smile.
Benefits of Dental Implants
In an ideal world, every smile would stay beautiful and healthy indefinitely! However, the unfortunate truth is that many people will end up losing one or more teeth in their life. Whether you have experience damage or decay, tooth loss may follow. Fortunately, dental implants are available to restore not just the crown, but the entire root of your tooth as well! Implants come with an entire host of benefits as well. Continue reading to learn more about the advantages of choosing dental implants.
Dental implants feel just like natural teeth do, so you shouldn’t notice them too much in your everyday life. You should be able to enjoy everything you did before experiencing tooth loss. Here are some of the benefits that you can experience every single day:
- Increased Bite Force: With dental implants, you can experience a bite force that’s 80% or higher! This is far more than what you would get from bridges or dentures.
- Easy Maintenance: You care for your dental implants just like you do for natural teeth. Brush twice, floss, and rinse with mouthwash regularly. See your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups.
- Increases Confidence: You don’t need to worry about visible gaps in your smile or a poor fitting restoration. Your dental implants will blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
In addition to the daily benefits you will be experiencing, your health will also be affected by your smile’s new addition(s). Here are some of the health benefits you can experience:
- Improved Oral Health: Replacing your missing teeth with dental implants can lower your risk of cavities, gum disease, infection, and additional tooth loss. None of your natural teeth need to be altered for this restoration either.
- Better Overall Health: Having excellent dental health also has a positive influence on your overall health. A healthy smile can lower your risk for serious illnesses, like diabetes and heart disease.
- Prevents Bone Loss: When you’re missing teeth, jawbone deterioration will follow. Dental implants stimulate the jawbone just like natural tooth roots to keep it strong.
By choosing dental implants, you are making a long-term investment in your smile. Here are some pros of dental implants that you can experience many years down the road:
- Success: Dental implants are very highly successful – upwards of 95%. Your chances of experiencing a dental implant failure are very slim.
- Permanent: Dental implants can last for 30 years or longer when cared for properly.
- Save Money: You don’t have to worry about stocking up on adhesives or soaking solutions. You won’t need to stress about repairs or replacements either. Dental implants also reduce your risk of numerous oral health issues. This means that you can save by not requiring costly treatments that add up over time.
Who Can Dental Implants Help?
The best way to learn whether you’re a good candidate for dental implants in Virginia Beach is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Goyal. Typically, this treatment is great for patients who are dedicated to maintaining good oral health, don’t have any medical conditions that can prevent them from properly healing after their implant placement, and who are looking to replace one or more teeth.
Missing One Tooth
If you’re missing one tooth, we’ll place a single dental implant in the space in your smile. Once it has fully integrated with your jawbone and your abutment has been placed, we can attach a customized dental crown to fill the space in your smile and keep your surrounding teeth aligned.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Instead of receiving a traditional dental bridge that requires you to alter the structure of your surrounding, healthy teeth, our team can supply you with an implant-retained bridge that’s anchored to two dental implants located on either side of the gap in your smile.
Missing All of Your Teeth
If you’re tired of your denture slipping and shifting as you speak, we can secure it with anywhere from four to eight dental implants placed along your arch. This will permanently hold it in place so you won’t have to take it out before going to bed or worry about dealing with messy denture adhesive.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a highly customized treatment. There are all sorts of different factors that contribute to the cost of dental implants, so we won’t be able to provide you with an estimate until you see us for a consultation. During this time, we will go over all associated costs as well as your payment options. Until then, here are some things for you to take into consideration.
Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery
Any preliminary treatments that you require before getting dental implants, like gum disease therapy, tooth extractions, and bone grafting, will contribute to the overall cost. For many patients, these treatments are necessary in order to ensure the success of their dental implants. Preliminary treatments are sometimes covered by dental insurance, so this is something you should check with your insurance provider.
Because we want you to achieve the best possible results, we work with a local specialist for the dental implant placement procedure. They will discuss with you separately exactly what you can expect to pay for your surgery.
The Parts of Your Dental Implant
These are the main factors that will affect the cost of your dental implants:
- Number of dental implants: Depending on the number of teeth that you need to have replaced and where they are located in the mouth, you will need more or fewer implants. The more implants you need, the higher the overall cost will be.
- Type of restoration: Crowns, bridges, and dentures have different costs. Generally, the smaller the restoration is, the more affordable it will be.
- Size or material: Implants can be made from zirconia or titanium. These materials are at different price points.
- Brand of dental implant: Dental implants come from many different manufacturers. This can influence their cost.
How Dental Implants Can Save You Money
It may be tempting for patients to try to save money by opting for dentures or bridges, but dental implants have benefits that you can’t get from other tooth replacement options. They can even help to save you money in the long run. You don’t need to worry about paying for replacements every 5 to 7 years either like you would if you had dentures. There’s no need to stock up on adhesive or soaking solutions either. Dental implants can also help you to avoid oral health issues, like gum disease, misalignment issues, and tooth decay, that will require costly treatments throughout the years. Ultimately, by opting for dental implants, you can save a lot of money in the long run.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
Dental insurance plans don’t usually cover the cost of dental implants, but there are some exceptions. Parts of the final or preliminary treatments are often covered. Dr. Goyal is in-network with most major dental insurance providers in the area, and we are also happy to file insurance claims for patients who aren’t in-network with us. Our team will gladly go over your benefits with you so you know exactly what is and isn’t covered before your treatment begins.
Making Dental Implants Affordable
If you don’t have dental insurance, this doesn’t mean that you will be left completely on your own. With our in-house Healthy Smiles Plan, you can save on treatments and procedures completed in our office. We also work with CareCredit – a third-party financing company that can split the cost of your treatment into manageable monthly installments with little to no interest. Talk to one of our friendly team members to learn more!
Dental Implants FAQs
Dental implants are an excellent way to replace missing teeth, but they are quite an investment, so it pays to be well-informed about the procedure. Here are some of the most common questions we receive about dental implants in Virginia Beach. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, don’t worry! Give us a call, and we’d be happy to answer your questions and get you started for an initial consultation.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
The lifespan of dental implants typically depends on the health and lifestyle choices of the patient. To ensure that dental implants last, it’s crucial to brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash daily. Attend regular cleanings and checkups, and avoid chewing on anything particularly hard or sticky. With proper maintenance, dental implants can last upwards of 30 years. This is several times longer than traditional bridges and dentures.
Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?
The jawbone doesn’t have very many nerve endings, and your mouth will be numbed with a local anesthetic before the procedure begins. You will also most likely be sedated, lowering your body’s ability to register pain. While the surgery shouldn’t hurt, your mouth may be sore for a few days afterward. This can be managed with recommended over-the-counter and prescribed pain relievers. Cold compresses can also help. Give us a call if the discomfort worsens instead of improving after three days.
Am I Too Young to Get Dental Implants?
Most dental professionals will not place implants in patients younger than 18. If dental implants are placed before the jaw has finished growing, it can interfere with further bone development and potentially result in complications. Most people’s jawbones aren’t completely developed until young adulthood. Some people’s jaws take until their mid-20s to fully develop. During your consultation, we can discuss whether or not dental implants are the right option for you at this time.
Will I Have to Take Off Work for Dental Implant Surgery?
Most patients only need to take one or two days off work to get dental implants. If you have a job that’s physically demanding, you should probably take at least three to four days off. Heavy exercise can divert blood from the implant site and delay healing. However, every case is different. During your consultation, you will be given a more specific recommendation based on your unique case.