Dental Implants in Midlothian, VA

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Addressing missing teeth is vital to the general health and look of your smile. Dental implants are made up of sturdy screws that serve as artificial tooth roots. These provide the foundation for custom dental crowns, bridges, or dentures to replace lost teeth. If you have a dental implant that has become broken or damaged, it is crucial to get it fixed or replaced so it will function as needed. Dr. Jacob Sheppard and Dr. Ronald Jessup at Sycamore Family Dentistry provide implant restorations to help maintain your oral health. To learn more, call our Midlothian, VA practice to schedule an appointment.

Oral implants are frequently chosen because of the significant number of positive perks they provide. As tooth restorations, implants:

  • May strengthen your confidence with talking and when you smile
  • Offer enhanced biting power and durability of replacement teeth
  • Integrate with the jaw to help preserve bone health and structure
  • Do not rely on nearby teeth for support
  • Replicate normal teeth in ability and look
  • Act as a long-lasting tooth replacement option
  • Allow for the intake of a healthy diet

Implant-supported restorations are used to take the place of any quantity of damaged teeth, from a single tooth to many. You may qualify as an ideal candidate for oral implants if you have experienced the loss of teeth, need tooth removals, or are having issues with your present replacement. To work, dental implants require adequate bone support, healthy gum tissues, and a reliable oral environment, and some people might need extra services before they are thought of as proper candidates. Implants might not be considered if you are pregnant, smoke cigarettes, or have specific health disorders. At your consultation, our dentists can help you decide if dental implants are a match for you and your goals.

When you arrive at our Midlothian, VA office, we will examine your dental implant to determine if it can be fixed or if it needs to be replaced. We will also take a look at your jawbone and overall oral health. Digital x-rays may be taken to rule out any underlying concerns that may have caused the damage, such as periodontal (gum) disease or decay. If the implant has been affected by decay or infection, we will create a customized treatment plan to heal the area before placing a new restoration. Broken or loose dental implants caused by injury may need to be replaced as well. Our team will educate you about the damage, what treatments are needed, and schedule follow-up office visits if need be.

Individuals who get dental implant surgery may have some swelling, discoloration, and pain near the treated region. Prescription or nonprescription pain meds and cool compresses can help ease some post-treatment aches or pains. As soon as the titanium post has merged with the jaw and the unique piece is set, it's critical to maintain a dental hygiene regimen with proper brushing and flossing habits. When individuals visit Sycamore Family Dentistry for their biannual dental visits after getting dental implants, we will utilize advanced dental tools to clean their dental implants and monitor the state of their restorations.

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Everyone at Sycamore Family Dentistry, from the front desk to the dentist, are so welcoming and comforting. I had an emergency and they were able to fit me in. Due to caring atmosphere, I am changing my Dentist office to Sycamore Family Dentistry.

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We love Sycamore Family Dentistry! The staff is helpful and kind! It is a small town feel and they feel like family.

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Dr. Sheppard and Dr. Jessup know that injuries, dental concerns, and other unexpected situations can happen that may cause damage to your existing dental implant. That is why they offer the dental implant restoration procedure to repair or replace a compromised implant. Schedule an appointment at Sycamore Family Dentistry in Midlothian, VA to learn more.

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Are dental implants covered by my insurance?

Part of your dental implant might be covered by your dental insurance based on your specific plan. A member of our office staff will call your provider and help you fully utilize your plan prior to figuring out any out-of-pocket costs. At Sycamore Family Dentistry, we hope to help you get excellent care for your oral health, which is why we accept a variety of easy payment options, including medical financing plans.

Is getting dental implants painful?

No, most patients don't find the dental implant procedure painful. Before we begin, the treatment area is completely numbed with powerful anesthetics to keep you comfortable. Some patients may experience a sensation of pressure during the procedure, but not pain. We also provide sedation options to help with any anxiety or unease. After the anchoring implants are installed, during the initial recovery phase, it is normal to experience minor discomfort, swelling, and soreness for a few days. This is typically easily controlled with other-the-counter pain relievers and ice packs.

How long does the dental implant process take?

It depends on your overall oral health and healing. In general, the dental implant process takes about six months. After the anchoring implants are placed, your gums will need time to heal. During that time you'll wear a temporary restoration. When your gums are healed, you'll come back to Sycamore Family Dentistry to have your permanent restoration placed.

How long do dental implants last?

The anchoring implants are permanent and will typically never need to be replaced. The restorations (crown, bridge, or denture) that are affixed to the implant have an average lifespan of up to 15 years before they may need to be replaced. However, they can last longer in some cases.

How soon after tooth extraction can I have a dental implant installed?

Patients will need to wait a minimum of 10 weeks have tooth extraction in order to allow their gums to heal properly. But don't worry, during this time we can provide you with temporary implants to strengthen your smile. Once the gums have returned to good shape, the dental implants can be installed.

Can dental implants get cavities?

No. Due to their artificial nature, it is not possible for bacteria to cause caivities within the implant. However, it is still important to care for your implants just as you would a normal tooth in order to maintain the health of your gums and remaining teeth.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.