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At Sweeney Utterback Dentistry, the dental practice of Dr. Sweeney and Dr. Utterback in Virginia Beach, Virginia, we are pleased to offer dental implants for our patients looking for a natural looking smile after losing a tooth (or several teeth). Teeth can be lost for a variety of reasons, tooth decay and gum disease being only two of them. Dental implants will allow you to eat, smile, talk and laugh with confidence again, as they are designed to look like your natural smile.

When a tooth is lost or removed, both the crown (the visible part of the tooth) and the root are gone. Fortunately, dental implants can replace missing teeth. Your dental implant is placed into the jawbone to fuse with the natural bone, allowing new teeth to be attached. You can get a dental implant for one tooth, or for multiple missing teeth with a bridge or a denture. So how do we replace a missing tooth with a dental implant?

— First, a cylindrical and or tapered post made of titanium typically, is surgically placed into the jawbone to replace the root of your tooth.

— Once the implant has fused your natural jawbone, a connector (called an abutment) is built into the top dental implant. This will connect it to the replacement tooth.

— Finally, a crown (a replacement tooth) is made to match your natural teeth, or even a bridge or dentures supported by the implants.

— To care for your implants, brush and floss regularly, and keep your regular scheduled check-ups and cleanings.

So if you are missing one tooth, or several, Dr. Sweeney and Dr. Utterback are here to help. We will restore your teeth so that you can smile again with confidence. If you would like more information about our implants, or wish to schedule an appointment, we invite you to call our caring dental team in Virginia Beach, Virginia, at 757.222.3737 today!