Dental Implants Specialist

MJM Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Malcolm Murray, DDS

Cosmetic & General Dentist located in Fairfax, VA

If you’re one of the millions of adults in the United States missing at least one tooth, talk to Dr. Malcolm Murray about the benefits of dental implants. Dr. Murray performs dental implant surgery at MJM Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Fairfax, Virginia, and he can create a customized tooth replacement plan to restore your smile. Call or book an appointment online today.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

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.

How are dental implants placed?

Dr. Murray first surgically implants a titanium post in your jawbone, which supports the replacement tooth or teeth.

After the implantation surgery, as your jawbone and gum tissue heal, the implant fuses with your jawbone during a process called osseointegration. Dr. Murray then affixes an abutment to the post, which the crown or replacement tooth caps.

If you’re missing several teeth in a row, Dr. Murray may recommend an implant-supported bridge instead of a single crown. Whether you receive a bridge or a crown, the replacement teeth are customized to match the shape and color of your natural teeth.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

In addition to providing a functional and robust tooth replacement solution, dental implants offer some benefits. Implants:

  • Don’t require messy adhesives
  • Permanently restore missing teeth
  • Don’t cause irritation or discomfort
  • Produce natural-looking results
  • Restore your ability to eat and speak clearly
  • Boost your self-confidence

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.

What should I expect during the dental implant process?

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, a process that 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.

If you’re missing one or more teeth and want to regain a beautiful, complete smile, call MJM Family & Cosmetic Dentistry or schedule your consultation online today.