Dental Implants in Fairfax, VA Fairfax Dental Implants

Before the development of dental implants, dentures were the only alternative to replacing a missing tooth or teeth for our patients in Fairfax. 

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are anchored to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. In some cases, implants can be used to attach dentures.

Are you a candidate for dental implants?

Not everyone in Fairfax is a candidate for a dental implant, however. For a successful implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system. In all cases, dental implants require strict oral hygiene. Implants are so well designed that they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Implants are usually made of a synthetic yet biocompatible material like metal or ceramic.

Is surgery required for Dental Implants?

Surgery is necessary to prepare the area for a dental implant and place the implant in the mouth. Following the procedure, a period of time is required for the implant to take hold and for bone tissue to build up and anchor the device. In some cases, metal posts are inserted into the implant during a follow-up procedure to connect the tooth.

Because dental implants require surgery, patients are administered anesthesia and, if necessary, antibiotics to stave off infection following the procedure. Like any restoration, implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure they last a long time. We want all of our Fairfax patients to know Dr. Stringham completed Dental Implant Surgery training at The Practical Clinical Courses Center from Dr. Gordon J. Christensen and Dr. George Bailey.  

Life with Dental Implants

Dental implants last for a lifetime, says the Academy of Osseointegration. They do not decay or shift position. The only real threat to their survival is peri-implantitis, a inflammatory and infectious process much like advanced gum disease. Peri-implantitis comes from:

  • smoking or chewing tobacco
  • poor oral or overall health (uncontrolled diabetes, for example)
  • negligent dental hygiene

With good in-home brushing and flossing and regular preventive visits to Stringham Dental, these restorations function well and look great for decades.

For more information on Dental Implants in the Fairfax, VA area.
 Call Stringham Dental at (703) 273-5545!

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Stringham Dental
3545 Chain Bridge Road Fairfax, VA 22030

(703) 273-5545

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