Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Do you have missing or badly damaged teeth? Dental implants can transform your smile and change your life.

 

Smiles for Life Dental Care is the top destination for implant dentistry in Greater Harrisonburg, VA. Our dentists are implant experts.

 

Start your implant journey today by scheduling a consultation at one of our offices in Bridgewater or Staunton, VA…

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

Download our dental implant pricing & information guide

Fill out the form below and we will email/text you the guide along with a $350 savings offer!

The guide will show you

  • Dental Implant Options
  • Average Pricing
  • Factors that Affect Eligibility
  • And More… 

The Smiles for Life Difference

Multiple Implant Options

Our dentists have extensive experience with dental implants, enabling them to offer several different solutions for tooth loss. In addition to typical implant-supported crowns, bridges, and dentures, we also offer All-on-4® dental implants and the innovative Teeth-in-a-Day zirconia bridge.

Technology and Sedation

Our offices in Staunton and Bridgewater, VA, feature the latest dental equipment that allows us to perform implant surgery as precisely and comfortably as possible. We also practice sedation dentistry, so nervous patients can remain calm during their dental implant treatment.

Medicare Eligibility

Some patients over 65 can qualify for coverage of some of the cost of treatments relating to implants (such as gum disease treatment and dentures) through Medicare. Our dentists are certified Medicare providers, and our office staff can help you navigate the Medicare process so you can maximize your benefits.

"I Love Smiling Now."

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Before dental implants, this patient couldn’t eat his favorite foods, and he was self-conscious about smiling. After dental implant treatment with Smiles for Life, he can eat whatever he wants and smile with confidence.

Are Patients Who Choose
Dental Implants Happy with Their Results?

See for Yourself

Patient with missing teeth before receiving dental implants in Bridgewater.

Before Dental Implants

Patient showing off his new dental implants in Bridgewater.

After Dental Implants

“At Smiles for Life, I was treated with the utmost respect and everyone was always courteous and friendly. I felt like I was a family member. My new teeth look better than the originals! I would recommend this treatment to anyone with a partial denture, for the simple reason of having that natural feel again. It makes me feel like a new man!”

Ben—Luray, VA

Discover Dental Implants

Artificial Tooth Roots

Implants are titanium posts that replace the roots of your natural teeth.

 

Anchored in Your Jawbone

Our dentists will surgically insert implants into your jawbone. Over time, the biocompatible titanium will fuse with your bone and become a permanent part of your anatomy.

 

Supporting Restorations

Once implants become securely integrated with your jawbone, they can support natural-looking crownsbridges, or dentures. While traditional dentures are prone to slipping or shifting, implant-supported restorations remain firmly in place as you bite, chew, and speak.

Artificial Tooth Roots

 

Implants are titanium posts that replace the roots of your natural teeth.

 

Anchored in Your Jawbone

 

Our dentists will surgically insert implants into your jawbone. Over time, the biocompatible titanium will fuse with your bone and become a permanent part of your anatomy.

 

Supporting Restorations

 

Once implants become securely integrated with your jawbone, they can support natural-looking crownsbridges, or dentures. While traditional dentures are prone to slipping or shifting, implant-supported restorations remain firmly in place as you bite, chew, and speak.

See How Implants Are Placed

In this animation, we demonstrate how a single missing tooth is replaced with an implant-supported crown. The implant is inserted into the jawbone. Next, a connecting piece called an abutment attaches the crown to the implant.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Functional Benefits

Because dental implants are placed into the jawbone, they prevent your restoration from slipping out of place. You can enjoy restored oral function, clear speech, and an unrestricted diet thanks to this stability. 

Health-Related Benefits

Dental implants act as tooth roots, maintaining stimulation to the jawbone and protecting your oral health. This is essential to prevent jawbone atrophy, which can cause further tooth loss and create an aged appearance.

Cosmetic Benefits

Download our dental implant pricing & information guide

Fill out the form below and we will email/text you the guide along with a $350 savings offer!

The guide will show you

  • Dental Implant Options
  • Average Pricing
  • Factors that Affect Eligibility
  • And More… 

One of Our 5-Star Reviews

"Thanks for the personal care from all the staff, nurses, and Dr. Joe McIntyre.
They walked me through the whole process. Everything went smoothly.
They made themselves available in the evening so I did not have to miss
any work for my dental implant treatment."

- Avery Q.

"It Will Change Everything"

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This patient raves about his experience receiving dental implants at Smiles for Life Dental Care. He was blown away by the expertise of our Harrisonburg-area dentists. Thanks to dental implants, he has regained his “zest for life.”

What Is Jawbone Atrophy?

Many patients don’t realize the full consequences of tooth loss. Besides the obvious effects (like a gapped smile and a reduced ability to chew), the loss of natural teeth also leads to jawbone atrophy.

 

When a tooth is lost, that tooth no longer stimulates the jawbone. As a result, the nearby bone tissue begins to weaken and shrink. This can lead to additional tooth loss and an aged, sunken, and unhealthy facial appearance.

 

Because traditional bridges and dentures don’t replace the roots of teeth, they do nothing to address this deterioration process. Only dental implants integrate with the bone and replicate the stimulation of natural tooth roots.

The Dental Implant Treatment Timeline

When you visit our dental offices for an initial consultation, we will use our state-of-the-art 3D CT scanner to capture incredibly detailed images of your jaw. Our doctors will analyze these images to determine your candidacy for implants and plan your surgery.
 
 
Some patients require preparatory bone grafting to qualify for implant surgery. You may require dental bone grafting if your jawbone has deteriorated due to tooth loss. We can perform this procedure at our offices in Bridgewater and Staunton.
 
 
On the day of your implant surgery, our dentists will numb the treatment area with a local anesthetic. We also have sedation options available for anxious patients. Once you are comfortable, our doctors will create small incisions in your gums and insert each titanium implant directly into the jaw. We can place a temporary restoration right away, so you will walk out of our office with a full and functional smile.
Once the implants are in place, a healing period of four to six months is required for the titanium to fuse with the jawbone. This process is known as osseointegration. 
 
After osseointegration has taken place, a second minor procedure is required for our dentists to attach abutments to the implants. Abutments are small connector pieces that attach the dental restorations to the implants. After the abutments are attached to the implants, a second healing period is required for the gums to heal around the abutments.
Finally, you will return to our Harrisonburg-area offices one more time so we can attach your permanent crown, bridge, or denture. We use lifelike restorations that look just like natural teeth. You will leave this appointment with a functional, healthy-looking smile.

Interested in Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a perfect tooth replacement for missing teeth for patients in Harrisonburg, Waynesboro, Staunton, and Bridgewater.

Take the First Step

Request Your Consolation

Request Your Consolation

Dental implants are arguably the most life-changing treatment available in modern dentistry. If you are ready to dramatically boost your confidence, dental health, and quality of life through implant treatment, schedule a consultation with our Harrisonburg-area dentists today.

It’s easy to schedule a consultation at our offices in Staunton and Bridgewater. You can request an appointment time through our online form, or you can simply give us a call.

(540) 828-2312

Drs. Whiting and McIntyre provide cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, Invisalign, general dentistry, and more to patients in Staunton and Bridgewater, as well as Harrisonburg and Waynesboro.

Our dental team is here to make you smile.

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Interested in Dental Implants?

To Qualify for Dental Implants, You Should:

To Qualify for Dental Implants, You Should:

Have Sufficient Bone Tissue

Substantial jawbone tissue is required to support dental implants. If you have suffered jaw atrophy, you may need to undergo dental bone grafting before receiving implants.

Be in Good Oral & Overall Health

Oral health issues such as periodontal disease should be resolved before dental implant treatment. Because conditions like diabetes can increase the risk of complications, they should be under control before treatment.

Avoid Smoking

Smoking can increase your risk of serious complications because it impairs your body's ability to heal. You will need to refrain from smoking before surgery and during recovery. Ideally, you should plan to break the habit permanently.

We Use Several Methods

To Improve Treatment Outcomes

To Improve Treatment Outcomes

We provide the Harrisonburg area with advanced dentistry in a warm, friendly setting. Our offices are equipped with:

  • Soft Tissue Lasers: Laser dentistry allows us to treat gum tissue without a scalpel, providing patients with a faster, more comfortable recovery.
  • Low-Radiation X-Rays: These high-resolution images allow us to diagnose oral health issues and precisely plan your implant procedure.
  • CEREC®: This computer-aided design and manufacturing unit lets our dentists create natural-looking, sturdy restorations in a single appointment. 
  • Computed Tomography (CT) Scanner: We use this technology to plan your implant treatment, assess areas of bone loss, and determine whether you need a bone graft or other preparatory procedure.

We provide the Harrisonburg area with advanced dentistry in a warm, friendly setting. Our offices are equipped with:

 

Soft Tissue Lasers: Laser dentistry allows us to treat gum tissue without a scalpel, providing patients with a faster, more comfortable recovery.

 

Low-Radiation X-Rays: These high-resolution images allow us to diagnose oral health issues and precisely plan your implant procedure.

 

CEREC®: This computer-aided design and manufacturing unit lets our dentists create natural-looking, sturdy restorations in a single appointment. 

 

Computed Tomography (CT) Scanner: We use this technology to plan your implant treatment, assess areas of bone loss, and determine whether you need a bone graft or other preparatory procedure.

CT scanners are used to plan your tooth implant treatment.

Although our dental offices are incredibly modern, we maintain a homey, intimate atmosphere by providing patients with fresh muffins, warm blankets, and individualized care.

Sedation Dentistry for Your Comfort

If the idea of surgery is stopping you from considering dental implants, don’t worry. We offer sedation options

 

  • Nitrous oxide 
  • Oral conscious medication

 

Using sedation during your implant surgery can help you feel relaxed and minimize any pain during treatment, allowing you to get the dental care you need even if you suffer from dental anxiety.

If the idea of surgery is stopping you from considering dental implants, don’t worry. We offer sedation options

 

Nitrous oxide 

 

Oral conscious medication

 

Using sedation during your implant surgery can help you feel relaxed and minimize any pain during treatment, allowing you to get the dental care you need even if you suffer from dental anxiety.

All-on-4 Dental Implants

A Groundbreaking Solution for Complete Tooth Loss

A Groundbreaking Solution for Complete Tooth Loss

If you are missing a complete arch of teeth, the All-on-4 approach might be right for you. With this innovative method, Drs. McIntyre and Whiting can attach a durable, natural-looking denture to only four implants.

With the All-on-4 approach, two posterior implants are placed at an angle in the jawbone, maximizing contact with remaining tissue. This allows the denture to be supported by fewer implants, and it also means that patients who have suffered a small degree of bone atrophy can qualify for the treatment without preparatory bone grafting.

All on 4 dental implants

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