Fairfax Dental Implant Placement
Replacing missing teeth is essential to ensure you can speak, chew, and smile with confidence in every situation. Traditional tooth replacement options only restore the parts of the smile visible above the gum line. Dental implant supported replacement teeth are the only options that allow us to restore the entire smile from the roots up. This makes implant tooth replacements the most natural looking, feeling, and functioning tooth replacement option available. This advanced tooth replacement process is completed over the course of two phases of treatment. The first phase is the surgical placement of dental implant posts. If you want to learn more about the dental implant placement process, you can read more on this page. The Fairfax restorative dentist and dentistry team at Fairfax Dental Esthetics would also be happy to answer your questions or schedule a tooth replacement consultation for you in our office, so please don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Preparing for Your Dental Implant Placement
All-on-4 is method of placing a strategic number of dental implants to take the place of an entire arch of missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw. In many cases, as few as 4 dental implants can support a full denture (thus the name “All-on-4”), though sometimes 5 or 6 implants are used for additional stability.
All-on-4 can be completed in just 24 hours, which is why it is also known as Teeth In a Day. This is a huge time savings compared to the time for traditional dental implants, which may take 6 months to a year to complete.
Before you begin your dental implant placement plan, you’ll visit our office for a treatment consultation and planning appointment. During this consultation, we’ll evaluate your smile, answer questions, and help you to plan for the entire implant supported tooth replacement process. In some cases, we may need to work with your medical doctor to discuss changes to your medications or diet leading up to the surgical dental implant placement procedure. We may also need to plan for preparatory treatments that may include the following:
- Removing one or more damaged teeth
- Grafting bone or soft tissue to ensure adequate supportive structure for successful implant placement
- Completing any restorative treatments needed to ensure optimal oral health, including periodontal therapy for gum disease
The Dental Implant Placement Procedure
During your implant placement procedure, we’ll begin by numbing the area. We may also provide dental sedation to ensure you remain completely comfortable. Once you’re comfortable and relaxed, we make a small incision in the gums and into the jawbone. Then, we place the implant post. A protective cap is connected over the top of your implant post to protect the surgical site during healing. The protective cover also maintains the shape of the soft tissue until you return to attach your replacement tooth or teeth.
What to Expect After Your Placement Procedure
Following dental implant placement, your smile will undergo a process called osseointegration where the implant post fuses with the gums and jawbone tissue. This is the process the allows implants to mimic the natural tooth roots. It depends on the individual, but most patients will achieve full implant fusion within three to six months. During this time, we will schedule checkup visits to regularly assess your progress and intervene as necessary if we notice areas for concern. It’s normal to experience some mild discomfort or swelling in the first few days to a week after the implant placement, but if this pain or inflammation continues or increases, you should call us right away.
Your Implant Retained Tooth Replacement
After the osseointegration process is complete, you’ll return to our office to complete the second phase of the implant supported tooth replacement process. Our team members design, craft, and place your dental restoration. Implant posts can be strategically positioned to support any number of replacement teeth from a single dental crown to partials and full dentures.