If the time has come for you to replace missing or damaged teeth, you have a number of options. One of the most effective and choices is the dental implant.
Dental implants consist of a titanium post that is placed directly into your jawbone and is then topped with a crown or restoration that replaces your tooth and completes the implant. They look natural and can be brushed and flossed just as you would your other teeth. They are also a very healthy alternative since the titanium post is compatible with your body, replaces the root of your tooth and stimulates and strengthens your jawbone.
Your first step will be to visit with our dentists for a consultation. This will involve a discussion about your oral health and your smile goals as well as an examination and a cone beam 3D scan of your teeth, jawbone and surrounding tissue. This scan gives our dentists a better view of your oral health and structures and will also be used to create a 3D printed model to ensure the best possible placement for your implant.
During the next step, our dentists will surgically place the post in your jawbone. Our team will provide you with the necessary sedation and anesthesia to keep you comfortable.
On average, you will need anywhere from three to six months to heal from the placement surgery. Our team will provide post-operative instructions to help in your recovery. After your implant placement you should:
- Take any prescribed medications or over-the-counter pain relievers as directed by your dentist.
- Stay with soft foods to avoid problems with the implant site(s).
- Apply an ice pack or cold pack to the site during the first 24 hours to help reduce swelling.
- Rinse your mouth with a mixture of warm water and salt. Mix ½ of a teaspoon of salt with one cup of water. Rinsing your mouth will ease any pain, remove bacteria and help speed the healing process
- During the first week after your implant has been placed do not do any strenuous work or exercises
When the area has sufficiently healed, the crown will be added. In some cases, you may receive a temporary crown while you recover from the implant surgery. You may receive an implant for a single tooth as part of a dental bridge or to hold dentures in place. By keeping up on your oral hygiene routine and your routine dental appointments, your implant can last a lifetime.
Implants may not work for everyone, and depending on your dental health, Dr. Elhady, Dr. Scimeca and associates may suggest another replacement option. If you would like to find out if dental implants in Fairfax, Virginia, are right for you, call 703-281-6201 today to schedule your appointment at Oakton Family Dentistry.