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Dental Implants — Fairfax, VA

The Ultimate Tooth
Replacement Solution

Are you among the 120 million adults in the United States who are missing at least one tooth? If so, your quality of life and confidence were likely lost along with it. To restore your smile, you have plenty of tooth replacement options; however, not all closely look and function like a natural tooth. As an alternative to bridges, partials, or dentures, more than 500,000 people per year are turning to dental implants to replace their missing teeth. At MJM Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we can help you fill the empty spaces in your smile with a predictable and reliable solution - dental implants in Fairfax, VA.

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Why Choose MJM Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for Dental Implants?

What Are Dental Implants?

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If you’re missing one or more teeth, dental implants might be an ideal tooth replacement solution. Consisting of a prosthetic titanium root, personalized restoration, and abutment (or connector) that makes them complete, dental implants look and function just like your natural teeth and are more secure than many other tooth replacement options because they surgically implant into your jawbone. Once fully integrated, you can expect your tooth replacement to feel like a natural tooth, which can’t be said for other tooth replacements. Dentists often recommend dental implants over bridges and dentures due to their longevity and long-term oral health benefits.

The Dental Implant Process

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MJM Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is happy to perform the entire dental implant placement process in-house. This means that you can have the surgical and restoration phases performed by the same dentist and team members by your side. Once the surgical portion of treatment is completed and the implant has time to heal, an abutment can be placed on top. This requires an additional few weeks of healing before a permanent restoration is placed, whether it’s a crown for a single tooth or a 3-unit bridge for multiple consecutive teeth.

Benefits of Dental Implants

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Since dental implants replace missing teeth both above and below the gumline, they can dramatically improve your life in ways that traditional dentures or dental bridges simply can’t. Not only can they enhance your appearance, function, and confidence, but they can also boost your health and the wellbeing of your mouth. With so many unique benefits to offer, it’s no wonder that dental implants in Fairfax are considered the ultimate tooth replacement solution by both dentists and patients. Read on to learn some of the most important benefits of dental implants our patients love.

Day-to-Day Benefits

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  • Eat what you like: While traditional tooth replacement options only restore about 25-30% of your natural biting force, dental implants can restore 85-100% over time. This means you can easily and comfortably eat all your favorite foods like apples, steak, hard bread, and anything else on your plate.
  • Drink without worry: Exposing dentures to hot beverages can potentially warp them. However, you don’t have to worry about this at all with dental implants.
  • Improved comfort: Instead of causing tooth sensitivity and gum irritation like other tooth loss solutions, dental implants are anchored into your jawbone for unmatched comfort.
  • Boosted self-esteem: Dental implants are crafted out of beautiful and durable materials, so you can smile confidently knowing that your smile looks completely natural.
  • Enjoy a reliable smile: Thanks to their unique placement in your jaw, your dental implants should never feel loose or slip out of place at embarrassing times.

Health Benefits

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  • Prevent jawbone deterioration: Like the roots of your natural teeth, dental implant posts stimulate blood flow in the jawbone, which strengthens it and prevents it from deteriorating.
  • Preserve your youthful, healthy appearance: When your jawbone shrinks away from tooth loss, your facial bones can shift and give your features a sunken, aged look. Dental implants will help you continue to look healthy and young.
  • Maintain excellent oral health easily: Dental implants can be cared for just as easily as natural teeth, which lowers your risk of oral health issues like tooth decay, oral infections, and gum disease.
  • Keep your teeth and gums healthy: Dental implants don’t rest on your gums like dentures do, so they won’t cause gum sores. Additionally, they don’t rely on your remaining natural teeth like a dental bridge, so they won’t cause tooth sensitivity.
  • Encourage better overall health & wellbeing: There’s a direct connection between good oral health and overall wellbeing. Studies show that keeping your mouth healthy can lower your risk of systemic health conditions like diabetes, memory loss, respiratory infection, and heart disease.

Long-Term Benefits

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  • Live longer: Studies show that your lifespan is linked to how many teeth you have. Those with 20 teeth or more at the age of 70 have a considerably higher chance of living longer than those with less than 20 teeth.
  • Reliable, long-term success: Dental implants boast an amazing 95% success rate, even 10 years after placement. With the proper care, most patients can easily expect to enjoy their dental implants for life.
  • Save time & money on your smile: With dental implants, you don’t need to buy special adhesives, brushes, or cleaners or visit the dentist periodically for adjustments, repairs, or replacements.

Who Dental Implants Can Help

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Dental implants typically require several visits since Dr. Murray will first need to surgically place the base of the implant in the jawbone and wait for the implant to fuse to the bone. This process typically takes several months. Once your mouth has fully healed from the surgery, Dr. Murray places the abutment and custom crown or bridge.

Dental implants boast a 95% success rate. They’re also stronger and provide a more natural function to your bite than many other tooth replacement options.

Missing One Tooth

Replacing a single missing tooth requires just one titanium implant on a single implant crown. After the implant has fully integrated with your existing bone and soft tissue, a porcelain crown can be attached. We prefer to use ceramic materials to create implant restorations to ensure the best-looking esthetics possible.

Missing Multiple Teeth

If you are missing more than one tooth (either consecutive teeth or teeth on opposite sides of the mouth), we can use a pair of dental implants to hold an implant bridge or partial denture. This means we won’t have to modify existing teeth adjacent to the gap in your smile, allowing you to retain more of your natural enamel.

Missing All Teeth

If you are missing all the teeth in your smile, an implant denture can be combined with a series of implants placed throughout the mouth. What makes dental implants so cost-effective for replacing several or all the teeth in a given arch is the fact that you will not need a dedicated implant for each tooth that is replaced.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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As you contemplate how you plan to replace your missing teeth, one of the most prominent factors is likely your budget. Knowing how much you can afford will determine if you choose a more affordable option that presents a smaller upfront cost or one that will be more cost-effective in the long run. The initial cost of dental implants in Fairfax is expensive; however, when you survey the benefits and accumulated costs over the years, you’ll likely discover the upfront investment is worth it. Let the team at MJM Family Dentistry share what you can expect when preparing to pay for a new smile that includes dental implants.

Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery

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The process of receiving dental implants in Fairfax takes time. It is not an overnight process, which is good for someone who is looking for ways to better manage a budget. Since each step of the implant placement process occurs in stages, you can better plan for the cost of each (i.e. initial consultation, surgical placement, abutments, and restoration).

Fortunately, at MJM Family Dentistry, the entire procedure is performed in-house from start to finish. This cuts down on the need for a referral and additional payment to an outside specialist.

Our administrative team will help you navigate your insurance policy and any additional financing you might need to stay within your budget while receiving a more permanent, longer-lasting smile.

Are Dental Implants Worth the Investment?

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When meeting with your implant dentist in Fairfax, one of the questions you’ll likely ask is, “Are they worth it?” After reviewing many of the benefits that come with dental implants, you’ll be better equipped to answer this particular question. From implants that are designed to last a lifetime to greater functionality when eating, chewing, and speaking, to better oral health because of the implant’s continued stimulation of your jawbone, you will not find another restorative solution that can offer the same.

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

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While some dental insurance companies are beginning to offer coverage for dental implants, many still do not provide adequate (or any) coverage for such a procedure. It is possible that they may cover other aspects of treatment (i.e. pre-implant dental work, initial consultation, restoration), but you will likely need to use another form of payment to cover the cost of your new smile.

At MJM Family Dentistry, we are pleased to work closely with CareCredit, which is a third-party financier who offers low and no interest payment plans to help individuals like yourself stay within your budget.

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