Missing teeth can cause embarrassing gaps in your smile and lead to difficulty eating, speaking, and smiling.
At Fairfax Family Dental Care, our doctors offer dental implants, a long-lasting and superior restorative solution for missing teeth.
Why do residents of Fairfax, VA, choose us for implant care?
Excellent Implant Dentistry
Comprehensive In-House Care
Other dentists may refer you all over town for different stages of treatment, but our doctors are able to handle every aspect of your care, including the surgical placement of implants, at our office in Fairfax, VA.
Our practice is equipped with some of the most sophisticated technology available in modern dentistry. Our advanced x-ray and imaging machines especially come in handy when planning the placement of dental implants.
We want to make the life-changing benefits of dental implants available to as many patients as possible, so we gladly accept financing plans through CareCredit®, a third-party healthcare lender.
Dental Implant Emergency? Contact Us
At our practice in Fairfax, VA, we are available at any time for emergency dentistry. If you are experiencing complications with a dental implant, even if your implants were placed by another dentist, contact our office and we will get you the care you need as soon as possible.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a prosthetic or artificial tooth root that our dentists surgically place in the jawbone to hold a crown, bridge, or denture. Implants can either be made of biocompatible titanium or biocompatible ceramic. Over time, these materials naturally fuse with the jawbone, so the implant becomes part of your anatomy. At the end of implant treatment, your prosthetic teeth will be just as secure and usable as your natural teeth.
Because of their numerous advantages, dental implants are considered modern dentistry's best solution for tooth replacement.
Interested in Dental Implants? Schedule a Free Consultation Today
If you think dental implants might be the solution you are looking for, we encourage you to schedule a consultation at Fairfax Family Dental Care. We happily provide initial consultations to new patients free of charge (although x-rays and imaging may incur a fee).
During your consultation, our dentists will ask about your medical and dental history, examine your bite and the site of your missing tooth, and determine your candidacy for implants.
To request a consultation at our Fairfax, VA, office, fill out our online form or give us a call at:
Fairfax's Favorite Dentist Real 5-Star Reviews
Tooth implant went flawlessly. In at 5:30PM done around 9 PM. No pain after local anesthesia wore off. Implant looks great!
This practice is wonderful. I love their building and the facility has spared no expense on having the best equipment for their patients. I will go to no other other dentist. Dr Kirksey is the best there is.
How Does Dental Implant Treatment Work? An Overview
Planning and Preparation
During your consultation, we will use the VATECH PaX-i3D digital x-ray system to determine candidacy for dental implants and plan the surgery. With this advanced imaging software, we can more accurately determine optimal placement of your implants. This can also show us if you are lacking necessary bone density. If so, we may recommend a bone graft or sinus lift to reverse bone loss.
Implant surgery at our office in Fairfax, VA, begins with the administration of sedation and local anesthesia. Once you are comfortable, we will prepare the dental implant site or sites. To do this, our surgeons will create incisions in the gums to make flaps, which we will fold back to expose the underlying bone. Then, we will create small holes in the bone that will house the implant posts.
Once the holes are the proper depth and width, we can place the implants. This is done with a series of instruments that help to ensure proper placement. Once all implants are secure, we will place a flat healing cap over the end of the screw. This serves to protect the implant from bacteria and infections while you heal. When the healing caps are in place, we will restore the gum flaps we created and suture them in place.
The recovery process after implant surgery is lengthy. This phase is referred to as osseointegration and can take anywhere between three and six months. During this time, the implants will fuse with your bone. To avoid disturbing this critical process, you must eat primarily soft foods and very gently brush and floss your teeth and gums. Too much pressure from chewing could result in implant failure. The stitches in your gums will dissolve in about 10 days, and pain and swelling should dissipate over the next few weeks.
Once the osseointegration phase is complete, you will return for the placement of the abutment(s). Abutments are the pieces that connect the implant to the crown, bridge, or denture. We will again create flaps in your gums and fold them back to expose the healing cap. We will remove the healing caps and replace them with the abutments. After the abutments are in place, our surgeons will reposition the gums around them.
You must typically wait about another week for your gums to heal around the abutments before we can place your final crown, bridge, or denture. The dental restorations we use near-perfectly resemble natural teeth, so you will leave your restoration appointment with a full, bright, healthy-looking smile.
Implant Experts in Fairfax, VA
Patients choose Fairfax Family Dental Care for implant services because our doctors have decades of combined experience with implant dentistry. In fact, we are affiliated with the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, which allows us to stay informed of the latest developments in this exciting field.
In addition to our proven expertise, patients choose us because:
- Our office was designed to be accessible to patients with disabilities
- We are able to perform virtually any dental procedure in-house
- Our team is friendly, helpful, and experienced
If you are looking for dentists in Fairfax, VA, to handle your dental implant care, we believe we are the practice for you. Request a consultation with our doctors right now by filling out our online form or calling:
"I have been a patient at Fairfax family dental care for 10 years. This is an awesome dental clinic, full of caring professionals. You can trust them." Maria Levesque - 5-Star Google Review - 2020
Don't Be Ashamed of Missing a Tooth
What about Dental Bridges?
You may be thinking, "can't a dental bridge replace a missing tooth without the need for surgery?"
It's true that the use of dental bridges is the conventional way to replace missing teeth. However, dental implants offer several benefits over dental bridges, including:
- Dental bridges require the alteration of the teeth surrounding the site of the missing tooth. Dental implants do not alter healthy surrounding teeth.
- Dental bridges do not stimulate the jawbone to prevent bone loss. Dental implants do.
- Because they do not prevent bone loss, dental bridges leave you vulnerable to changes in your facial structure. Dental implants keep you looking as healthy as possible.
If a patient is missing a single tooth or multiple teeth, our dentists almost always recommend dental implants as the preferable restorative option.
More Advantages of Dental Implants
- Implants are the most advanced tooth replacement system, and most last longer than 15 years.
- With the exception of your natural teeth, nothing looks or feels more natural than an implant.
- Implants slow the shrinking of bone and gum tissue from the area surrounding the missing tooth, which prevents premature aging.
- Implants don't sacrifice the quality of surrounding teeth.
- Implants never develop decay, and they never require root canals.
- People of all ages can receive dental implants.
- Implants are secure and never jiggle or click like dentures do.
- Implants do not require adhesives or any special treatment. You brush, floss and get regular checkups just as you would with your natural teeth.
More 5-Star Reviews
Like many people, I have a great phobia of going to the dentist. Because of that, I don't go regularly as I should.This is the first dentist I've found that I will definitely go back to on a regular basis. I had a tooth emergency Sunday before Christmas. My fear & pain had me in tears. The dentist and his staff had me at ease and extracted my tooth so quickly with no pain. His patience could not be surpassed.
This is an excellent family dentist office. The doctors, nurses, and entire staff are warm, friendly, sensitive and quite knowledgeable. My young adult daughter has received care for years st the office And my mom has also received excellent care for dentures. I highly recommend for professionalism, knowledge, and money value,