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Dental Implants

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? 

Dental Implants Are a Long-Lasting, Highly Functional Option

Built to Last 

Dental implants have very impressive long-term success rates and are made from sturdy, biocompatible materials. They may never need to be replaced. 

Provide Bone Support 

Jawbone atrophy is a natural consequence of tooth loss. However, dental implants help deliver regenerative signals to your bone, keeping it healthy and strong. 

Improved Stability 

For patients who need dentures, dental implants allow you to fasten your restoration directly to your jawbone. This reduces any slipping or clicking associated with dentures.

See how dental implants replace lost teeth... 

Dental implants and a jaw

Wondering if you qualify for dental implants? 

Factors That Could Affect Your Candidacy

Reduced Jawbone 

Dental implants need to be placed in structurally strong and sufficient jawbone. If you have low jawbone density or recessed bone tissue, you may need to undergo a bone graft or sinus lift prior to implant surgery. These procedures can help restore your candidacy for dental implants. 

Poor Overall Health 

You should be in good overall health. If you have uncontrolled diabetes, you need to control the condition before receiving implants. Unhealthy lifestyle habits like smoking have also been linked to an increased risk of implant failure and should be stopped before surgery. 

Preexisting Issues

If you have preexisting oral health concerns such as gum disease and tooth decay, our team will need to treat these prior to performing your dental implant surgery. Leaving gum disease unchecked can lead to an inflammation of the gum tissue around the implant and eventual implant failure. 

Don't dental bridges serve the same purpose, but without surgery? 

Dental Implants vs. Dental Bridges 

Dental bridges are the conventional way to replace missing teeth without surgery. However, dental implants offer several benefits over dental bridges, including: 

  • No need to alter healthy surround teeth 
  • Prevention of jaw recession 
  • Prevention of changes in your facial structure 

Dental implants are widely considered the optimal method of tooth replacement compared to traditional restorations. 

dental bridge

What can you expect from the start to finish of your treatment? 

An Overview of the Procedure 

SURGICAL PHASE

Step One:

The gum is gently folded back and a space is prepared for the implant to be placed. 

prep dental implant


Step Two: 

The dental implant "anchor" is put into place.

anchor dental implant


Step Three:

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.

stitch dental implant


RESTORATIVE PHASE (IN OUR OFFICE)

Step One:

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.

implant post  with abutment above


Step Two:

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.

illustration of a dental implant with attached abutment


Step Three:

The prosthesis is then attached to the implant(s).

implant with crown

More Reasons to Choose Dental Implants

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.                                          

What are Dental Implants?

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. 

Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

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. 

What are Dental Implants Used For?

  • Replacing one or more teeth without affecting surrounding teeth 
  • Supporting a denture so that is it more secure and comfortable 
  • Supporting a dental bridge 
  • Eliminating the need for removable partial dentures 
  • Restoring the ability to speak, eat and smile with comfort and confidence

What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?

  • They 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. 
  • They slow the shrinking of bone and gum tissue from the area surrounding the missing tooth, which prevents premature aging. 
  • They don't sacrifice the quality of surrounding teeth 
  • They never develop decay, and they never require root canals. 
  • People of all ages can receive this treatment. 
  • They are secure and never jiggle or click like dentures do. 
  • They do not require adhesives or any special treatment. You brush, floss and get regular checkups just as you would with your natural teeth. 

Illustration of dental implant surgery.More Details About Your Dental Implant Surgery

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. 

Dental Implant Surgery

Examination

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.

Sedation

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.

Preparation

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. 

Implant Placement

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.

Recovery

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. 

Abutment Placement

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.

Considering a Dental Implant in Fairfax, VA?

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.

Fairfax Family Dental Care

At Fairfax Family Dental Care, our friendly team of doctors is ready to serve the oral health needs of your entire family. We are affiliated with various trusted organizations, including: 

  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry 
  • Virginia Dental Association 

To schedule your consultation at our practice, request an appointment online or call us at (703) 385-0303.

Fairfax Office

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10611 Judicial Dr
Fairfax, VA 22030

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"Let me tell you, as much as I hate dental work, Fairfax Family Dental Care has put my mind at ease with my fears. So, if you are like I was when it came to dental fears, do not worry. This is the place to go to finally take care of your dental problems." - Tim R.

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