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Whether you have one or many missing teeth, you may encounter issues such as 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.
Curious about what makes dental implants so great?
See how dental implants replace lost teeth...
Wondering if you qualify for dental implants?
Don't dental bridges serve the same purpose, but without surgery?
Dental bridges are the conventional way to replace missing teeth without surgery. However, dental implants offer several benefits over dental bridges, including:
Dental implants are widely considered the optimal method of tooth replacement compared to traditional restorations.
What can you expect from the start to finish of your treatment?
The gum is gently folded back and a space is prepared for the implant to be placed.
The dental implant "anchor" is put into place.
A temporary cap is placed on the implant and the gum tissue is repositioned around the implant. The implant is left alone for several months so the bone can attach to the implant and create a secure anchor.
RESTORATIVE PHASE (IN OUR OFFICE)
After the implant has had a chance to attach to the bone tissue, the temporary cap is removed from the anchor and a post is attached to the anchor.
The implant is now ready for a prosthesis. An impression is taken of the implant and the appropriate prosthesis (crown, bridge or overdenture) is made.
The prosthesis is then attached to the implant(s).
Dental implants are a long-lasting and safe tooth replacement solution. Nothing is more natural looking and feeling, and for the 49 percent of adult Americans who have suffered the loss of a tooth or undergone an extraction and have tried dentures and bridges with limited success, they are the answer to your prayers! They are secure, require no more maintenance than regular teeth and restore your ability to eat, speak and smile with confidence. No wonder dental implants in Fairfax are considered the most advanced tooth replacement system ever devised.
A dental implant is a prosthetic (artificial) tooth root that is surgically placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth. One of our dentists will insert the root and the restorative phase is completed at our office. It is a high-tech way to save a tooth and, unlike a bridge, does not rely on nearby teeth for support.
Dental implants in Fairfax, Vienna, or Burke, VA are best used for people who maintain good oral health in general, but who have lost a tooth due to periodontal disease or an injury. There must be enough bone in the jaw to support the implanted root, as well as healthy gums.
At Fairfax Dental, our dentists want to ensure you are prepared for your dental implant surgery and know what to expect throughout each phase. Fully understanding the procedure can help ease any anxiety you might have about the process. The dentists at Fairfax Dental possess extensive training and experience in implant placement, and will take every step to reduce your risk of complications, and ensure success.
The first step of dental implant surgery is the examination and planning phase. We 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 rebuild lost bone.
In general, our doctors can complete most implant placement procedures with local anesthetic, and offer sedation throughout the various phases of treatment. Many patients who are nervous or anxious about the procedure benefit from sedation, which helps to remain calm and relaxed. It can also help during lengthier procedures such as this one.
After sedation and local anesthesia have been administered, we will prepare the dental implant site(s). To do this, our surgeons will create incisions in the gums to create flaps, which we will fold back to expose the underlying bone. Then, we will create small holes 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.
Fully understanding the procedure can help ease any anxiety you might have about the process.
Once the osseointegration phase is complete, you will return for the placement of the abutment(s). 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 to which your final restoration will attach. 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 before we can place your final crown, bridge, or denture.
If you are thinking about getting a dental implant in Fairfax, Vienna, or Burke, VA, request an evaluation appointment online or call us at (703) 385-0303. We will examine you to determine whether you are a good candidate for this procedure and will provide you with further information to help you decide.
To schedule your consultation at our practice, request an appointment online or call us at (703) 385-0303.