Dental Implant Surgery
Dental implant surgery involves the exact surgical placement of a titanium post into the jawbone. All steps of your dental implant surgery are completed in our state-of-the-art facility in Fairfax, VA. At Fairfax Dental, our dentists want to ensure you are prepared for your dental implant surgery and know what to expect through the process. Understanding the procedure will help ease any anxiety you might have about the process. The dentists at Fairfax Dental possess considerable training and experience in implant placement and will take every step to reduce your risk of complications and ensure success.
The first step of dental implant surgery is the examination and planning phase, we offer all new patients a FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION Monday through Friday 8-5. We use the Vatech Pax-i3D digital x-ray system to determine candidacy for dental implants and to plan the surgery. With this advanced imaging software, it allows us to precisely determine optimal placement of your implants. This can also show us if you are potentially lacking necessary bone density. If so, we may recommend a bone graft or sinus lift to rebuild your lost bone.
In general, our doctors can complete most dental implant placement procedures with a local anesthetic and offer anxiolysis (nitrous oxide) throughout the various phases of your treatment. Many patients who are nervous or anxious about the procedure benefit from anxiolysis (nitrous oxide), as it helps you to remain calm and relaxed.
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After anxiolysis (nitrous oxide) and local anesthesia have been administered, your dentist will prepare the site for the dental implant. See more info here on all that is entailed.
The recovery process after dental implant surgery can be lengthy. This phase is referred to as osseointegration and typically takes three and six months. During this time, the implants will fuse with your bone. To avoid disrupting this critical process, you diet will consist of primarily soft foods. Be sure to brush and floss your teeth and gums gently during this phase of recovery. Too much pressure from chewing can result in dental implant failure. The stitches in your gums will dissolve in about 10 days, and pain and swelling should dissipate over the course of a few weeks.
Fully understanding the procedure can help ease any anxiety you might have about the process.
Once the osseointegration phase is complete, you will return to our office for the placement of the abutment. First, we will create flaps in your gums and fold them back. Next, we will remove the temporary caps and replace them with the abutments, your final restoration will attach to these. After the abutments are in place, our surgeons will reposition the gums around them. After about a week or so, we can place your final dental crown, dental bridge, or denture after your gums have healed.
If you are interested in a permanent restorative solution for your missing teeth, contact Fairfax Family Dental in Fairfax, VA today to schedule a free initial consultation Monday through Friday 8-5. Our skilled dentists will conduct a thorough examination using advanced dental technologies to help determine your candidacy for dental implant surgery. Emergency appointments available after regular office hours.