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.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, dental implants might be an ideal tooth replacement solution. 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.
In addition to providing a functional and robust tooth replacement solution, dental implants offer some benefits. Implants:
Having even one missing tooth can affect the quality and function of your smile. Space where your tooth once was can make surrounding teeth drift or shift, which may cause problems with your bite.
Jawbone loss can also be hard to restore, but implants strengthen the existing jawbone and reduce the risk of bone deterioration.
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.
Replacing a single missing tooth requires just one titanium implant on a single implant-retained 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-retained restorations to ensure the best-looking esthetics possible.
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-retained 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.
If you are missing all the teeth in your smile, an implant-retained 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.
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.
The cost of dental implants is more upfront than traditional options; however, they eventually pay for themselves because they have the potential to last forever. You will not need adjustments or new prosthetics made over time. The amount you can expect to pay will vary depending on several factors, such as how many teeth are being replaced, if additional procedures are needed, and your dental insurance coverage.
Dental implants in Fairfax are truly the ultimate tooth replacement solution. Since rebuilding your smile with a dental implant requires a much different process than traditional options like dentures and dental bridges, it’s natural to have a few questions! For your convenience, we’ve gathered a few common questions we get about dental implants so you can learn more. If you don’t see the answers you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to give us a call and we’ll be happy to help!
Your first step towards a complete, confident smile is to schedule a consultation with your Fairfax dentist Dr. Murray. At this first appointment, he’ll have a conversation with you about your tooth replacement goals and review your medical history. Then, he’ll closely inspect your mouth, gums, and jaw. If you’re a good candidate for dental implants, he’ll fully explain all your options as well as his recommendations. However, oral health issues like tooth decay, bruxism, and gum disease can threaten the success of your treatment. If he detects any signs of these problems, he’ll work with you to make a plan to get your oral health back on track and ready for your brand-new smile!
Hearing that placing dental implants is a surgical procedure may sound somewhat intimidating. However, we want to assure you that you have absolutely nothing to fear. Our highly trained dental team has years of experience making sure our patients are as comfortable and safe as possible during every procedure, including dental implant placement. We use 3D cone beam imaging to map out the surgery ahead of time, which helps us provide predictable and precise results. During the surgery itself, we’ll use a combination of sedation dentistry and numbing medications to ensure you’re as comfortable as possible while we rebuild your smile.
Not only do dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth, but they can be cared for just as easily as well! Remember, even if you don’t have any natural teeth left, it’s important that you keep your dental implants clean. A buildup of plaque and bacteria can damage your gums and destroy the supportive tissues that help hold your dental implant in place. Thankfully, you can easily care for your new smile with a few healthy habits, such as:
Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants require a multistep process. Typically, it takes between four and six months to have dental implants placed. The length of your treatment will depend on several factors, like:
If you’re ready to permanently replace your missing teeth, give us a call today to see if dental implants are right for you!
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