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Dental implants are an important investment in your smile and in your oral health. Replacing the missing teeth in your smile will not only boost your self-confidence, but will also help you to eat and speak effectively and protect your remaining teeth from damage or decay. At Ashland Dental Arts, we focus on implant restorations, but will be happy to talk with you about the placement procedure. If you are interested in finding out if dental implants in Ashland, Virginia, would be right for your smile, call Ashland Dental Arts at 804-798-7388 today to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Gretchen Drees.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a permanent tooth replacement that is placed directly into your jawbone to replace a missing tooth. Unlike a crown or dentures, an implant replaces both the root and the crown of your teeth.

How do dental implants differ from dentures?

Dentures rest on your gums, or may be held in place with denture cream or by wires that can attach to any remaining teeth. They need to be removed at night to be cleaned. Dental implants are placed directly into your jawbone and need no special care.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Since implants are placed directly into the jaw, they stimulate the growth of bone. This not only results in a sturdy implant, but also in a stronger, healthier jaw bone. You can enjoy all of your favorite foods without the fear of damaging or losing your dental work, and your implants can be brushed and flossed just like your natural teeth.

Who can place a dental implant?

At Ashland Dental Arts, our dentist, Dr. Gretchen Drees, can place the implant restoration and new crown for you. We will refer you to another doctor to have the actual implant placed. Unless a bone or gum graft is required, placing an implant is usually a straightforward procedure that does require surgery. Since everyone’s smile is different, after your consultation, we will be able to tell you more about your specific procedure.

How much will my implants cost?

There are several factors that can determine the overall cost of your implant. The number of implants you need and whether you need additional procedures done to strengthen your jaw bone or increase your gum tissue are considerations, as is your insurance coverage. The best thing you can do is schedule an appointment with Dr. Gretchen Drees for a consultation to get an idea of the work you will need to have done. After your consultation, we can discuss financing with you.

Do dental implants hurt?

Modern pain management techniques allow dentists to place implants without you feeling any pain during the procedure. The dentist will go over your recovery plan with you and discuss ways you can handle any discomfort after you leave the office.

How long will my implants last?

If you take proper care of your implants, which includes brushing them twice a day, flossing at least once  a day, and seeing our office for your regular cleanings and exams, your implants should last for the rest of your life.

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