Dental Implant Tooth Replacements in Fairfax
Over the past two decades, dental implants have become the premier tooth replacement solution available today. Whether you are missing a single tooth or an entire mouthful, they’re able to provide the most natural-looking and longest lasting results of any treatment. At Fairfax Dental Esthetics, we’re actually able to provide all-inclusive implant care, meaning you’ll be able to completely rebuild your smile while working with the same doctor and team that you trust. If you’re ready to say “goodbye!” to the gaps in your smile forever, contact us today to get started.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer numerous benefits. First, they look more like your natural teeth than any other tooth replacement option. Secondly, implants mimic the construction of a natural tooth. They have both a root—the implanted post—and a crown, which is the attached restoration that everyone sees when you smile, eat and talk. The post not only holds the restoration in place, but also serves to stimulate your healthy new bone tissue growth so you avoid any unattractive changes in the shape of your face. Finally, dental implants do not affect any adjacent teeth. Unlike a partial or bridge, they are stand-alone tooth replacements.
Dental Implant Placement
A dental implant is actually a prosthetic tooth root that is placed directly into the jaw in order to support any number of replacement teeth, and in order to get them, you will first need to undergo a minor surgery. As we mentioned above, we’re able to perform this in-house, and thanks to modern dental techniques, most patients report feeling very little discomfort both during and after the treatment. Once it is completed, you’ll be given 3-6 months to heal, after which you’ll return to our office to receive your brand new teeth.
If you are missing one tooth or two teeth in a row, then a single implant can be placed to support one or two dental crowns. Several missing teeth that are consecutive will likely need two implants to support a fixed bridge at both ends.
Finally, if you are missing most or all of your teeth along a single arch, then an implant-retained denture is the best solution. For this, three to six implants will be embedded in your jaw so that your new denture remains secure.
Dental Implant Restoration
Dental implant restorations are able to replace any number of teeth, so our team will work with you to determine which type is best for you. We offer single implant crowns, bridges for multiple teeth, and even dentures. Each one will be specially designed to fit on the implant post(s) and artistically crafted to blend with your smile. No matter which one you receive, routine brushing and flossing will help it last for 30 years or more.
Dental Implant Crowns & Bridges
With an implant-retained crown, a custom-made all-porcelain dental crown is placed on top of an implant post using a metal connector called an abutment. Because this tooth will have the same root-crown structure as those surrounding it, it will be virtually indistinguishable from your other teeth.
We can also use two of these implant crowns to form a bridge to replace multiple missing teeth in a row. Two implant crowns will be placed on either side of the gap in the smile, and these will be attached to prosthetic teeth to fill it.
All-on-4 Implant Dentures
Thanks to the All-on-4 procedure, we can literally restore an entire row of teeth in just one appointment. With just four strategically placed implants, we can use them to fully support an implant-retained denture that simply snaps onto them. Implant-retained dentures, when compared to a traditional removable one, have a much more secure fit, the fit lasts significantly longer, and it even allows a patient to have a stronger bite force, enabling them to enjoy a more varied and healthy diet.
The Cost of Dental Implants
Dental implants typically cost more than other tooth replacement options. However, the expenditure can often be amortized out over a lifetime. This could make them less expensive than a partial, fixed bridge or full denture that typically will require refitting and eventually replacement.
In addition, your dental insurance benefits may cover a portion of the cost. Typically, the implant itself is not covered. However, you may have partial coverage for the restoration as well as any preparatory procedures that must be performed before your implants are placed.
Dental implants are a worthwhile investment that can last for decades. Moreover, they are 98 percent successful among patients!