Dental Implants in Fairfax VA
Losing a tooth can be a very challenging experience. You lose confidence in your appearance and feel that you have to hide your smile so others don’t notice your missing teeth. Your teeth don't function as well because you just can’t eat comfortably and enjoy a wide variety of foods.
Replacing missing teeth is crucial, and not just because it improves your appearance. When you have gaps in your smile, chewing and speaking may be difficult. Also, empty space allows remaining teeth to move out of alignment. Even worse, missing teeth can even lead to deterioration of bone and the loss of other teeth.
Dental Implants – A Healthy Solution
Dr. Fairfax & Associates Family Dentistry offers innovative dental implants, the most permanent solution for missing teeth. Dental implants dramatically restores your appearance and allows you to chew normally. With dental implants, you’ll be able to eat, drink, and speak with a healthy, complete smile.
Because we want to provide you with up-to-date, state-of-the-art dental care, Dr. Fairfax has completed extensive training in placing and restoring dental implants. She also regularly attends post-graduate dental training courses to stay current with updated techniques.
With this training and expertise, Dr. Fairfax is equipped to handle your entire implant process from beginning to end and provide you with the highest standard of care in a familiar, friendly environment. We have performed many dental implant procedures and will be there to support you through all phases of your treatment. In some cases it may be necessary to perform bone graft surgery to provide enough support to secure the implant in place. Dr. Fairfax has the skill and training necessary to perform this procedure safely right here in our office.
How Dental Implants Work
An implant consists of a very small titanium post that Dr. Fairfax places surgically in your jawbone. Since the implant bonds with surrounding bone tissue, it prevents jawbone deterioration and supports your natural teeth.
It also forms a stable base for the crown, bridge or denture that will be attached to it. The type of restoration we choose depends on your dental health, preferences, and budget.
Using dental implants, we can:
- Replace a single tooth
- Replace several missing teeth
- Support a dental restoration like a bridge or crown
- Anchor a full set of dentures or overdentures
The Dental Implant Process
The first step in the dental implants process is a consultation where we’ll spend some time talking to you about your different tooth replacement options. A good candidate for dental implant placement should be in good general health and have sufficient bone in the jaw to support the implants.
Once we determine that you are a good candidate, Dr. Fairfax will surgically implant the titanium roots into your jawbone. When the implant has integrated fully with the jawbone, you'll return to our office, and we will custom-craft replacement teeth that attach to the artificial roots.
We Work with Your Goals
In some cases, dental insurance will cover the cost of implants. We will work out the details of your specific plan so you know exactly what your out-of-pocket expense will be before we begin treatment. If you’re uninsured, we offer financing options like CareCredit and an in-house discount plan. We will be happy to discuss these with you as we plan your treatment.
Making the decision to have dental implants placed is a big step. We will take all the time needed to make sure you understand what’s involved and respond fully to all your questions and concerns.
Please contact our office if you’d like more information about dental implants as well as our other tooth replacement options.