Over the last few decades, dental implants have revolutionized how we replace missing teeth. With great improvements in the technology and our understanding behind the science, implants are more accessible today than ever before. If you have missing teeth, implants are the best option for tooth replacement, whether replacing just one tooth, a few missing teeth, or an entire arch.
Cutting Edge Technology
To achieve the best result possible, we utilize digital scans, digital impressions, powerful software and 3D printing to plan and place implants. This is known as "guided surgery," and it helps us place implants predictably and safely.
Single Tooth Implants
We can replace a single lost tooth with a dental implant with less long-term risk and expense than a traditional fixed bridge. This saves us from needing to compromise otherwise healthy adjacent teeth to secure a bridge, and allows you to continue flossing in the area normally. Similarly, if say, 3 teeth in a row are missing, we can oftentimes place just 2 single implants and create a 3 unit ceramic bridge to sit on top, which is less invasive and less expensive than placing 3 "single tooth" implants.
An implant-supported denture replaces an entire arch of missing teeth through the placement of just a few strategically placed implants which connect to the denture via abutments (secured into the implant) and housings (embedded within the denture). The result is an incredibly sturdy and stable denture that stays in place without the need for adhesive. There are several advantages:
"All-On-4" or "All-On-X" Fixed Implant Dentures
This option provides many of the advantages of an implant-supported overdenture, but it is "fixed," meaning the denture screws into the implants. The term "all-on-4" means all of the teeth are on just 4 implants. Sometimes, 5 or 6 implants are used, so the more encompassing term “all-on-X” is applied. All-on-X implant dentures are even sturdier than removable implant overdentures, and as a result, are often slimmer in profile and therefore feel even more natural.
If you are interested in learning more about how dental implants can improve your quality of life, contact our office today for a consultation.
We provide our dental services in Norfolk, Virginia and our patients come from all over Hampton Roads as well as Northern Virginia and North Carolina for their dental care.