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What is a Dental Implant?
Virginia Beach, VA


A young woman smiling after getting dental implants at Rai Oral Surgery & Dental Implants in Virginia Beach, VAMissing teeth can affect how you speak, eat, and perform other oral functions, affecting your self confidence. Dental implants are usually recommended for adult patients who are in excellent health. This long-lasting dental solution for replacing failing or missing teeth is usually recommended by the dental professionals at to restore oral health and function. These discreet dental appliances comprise a titanium screw placed inside the jawbone, replacing the missing tooth root. There are single tooth implants available if you have just one missing tooth, or multiple tooth implants if you need several teeth replaced. When placed by a dental professional, the bone fuses with the implant over time, holding it in place.

How Do Dental Implants Work?


Dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone below the patient’s gum, allowing the dentist to mount artificial teeth on them. Implants fuse to the patient’s jawbone, guaranteeing sufficient support for your artificial teeth. When our professional dentist places bridges and dentures on implants, you can have peace of mind knowing that they won’t shift or slip as you speak or eat. Whether it’s a crown, bridge, or dentures, you can rely on us to ensure it securely fits for a more natural feel.

Ordinary dentures and bridges are not usually recommended because they tend to be uncomfortable and can cause gagging, sore spots, or poor ridges. That’s why ordinary dentures need to be attached on one or both sides to a natural abutment to fill a gap effectively. However, implants have a range of advantages, and there’s no need to prepare adjacent teeth.

How are Dental Implants Placed?


The process of placing dental implants takes several months, depending on the severity of the damage. We have a range of well-trained and experienced dental practitioners who guarantee nothing short of excellence. Your dental implant procedure is done quickly without compromising your safety from our periodontists, regular dentists, and oral surgeons.

The first step involves numbing the affected area with anesthesia to ease the tooth extraction process. The dental practitioner will remove the damaged tooth before proceeding to the placement of the implant. It’s common for a bone graft to be added after extraction to ensure that the patient has sufficient bone mass to sustain an implant. This stimulates your body to produce its bone in the extraction site naturally.

The next phase involves placement of the dental implant in the gap, which takes at least three months to heal. The placement procedure requires drilling so that filling can be done, and patients are advised to schedule follow-up appointments until the three-month lapse or the implant heals completely. After the dentists confirm the implant has healed and there are no potential risks, temporary teeth can now be placed. If dentures or permanent teeth are placed, then a mold of the patient’s teeth is taken for a customized and comfortable appliance.

We take all of the necessary steps to ensure a successful recovery, contributing to optimal oral health. The dental implant procedure is a complex procedure that requires dental expertise, and that’s why is your go-to service provider for top-notch implant placement. Contact us at (757) 777-9883 today.






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