Implant Dentist in Fairfax VA
Finding a qualified implant dentist to place and restore your dental implants surgically is the first important step that each patient must deal with in the quest to replace missing or damaged teeth. A Dental Specialist with lots of training and experience and accreditation or academic credentials will ensure that your implant experience is fruitful and sustainable. Referral services do exist, but they have no means of qualifying the dental practitioner other than collecting a fee for the services. Referrals do nothing to ensure that patients get the best care.
Fairfax Dentist placing and restoring Dental Implants
The success of a dental implant, it’s ability to support a dental restoration, is very much dependent upon how much bone is available at the site where you place the implant. There are lots of things that affect the bone volume including things like periodontal disease, trauma, and infections and it is not unusual to open up a site in the mouth for implant placement and find out that some of the critical supporting bone is missing. We have great techniques available to us to replace missing bone. We can increase the height of bone and the width of the bone. We can fill in anatomical voids in bone thereby creating new bone, and we can fill in all sorts of defects that develop when teeth are lost. We can even use grafting techniques to prevent the loss of bone in circumstances where the bone would normally be lost like the extraction of a tooth.
Replacing missing bone or adding to existing bone is very often essential to the success of a dental implant and the ensuing restoration. The techniques to do this are well documented and should be used when indicated by any dentist who places dental implants. Most of us will have a good idea when additional bone or bone repair will be necessary before actually starting the placement of a dental implant, and the patients should be informed of this possibility. Sometimes, however, we do get fooled and run into areas where unexpected bone grafting is indicated. As long as the dentist is prepared to replace or add to the existing bone and the patient understands the bone grafting procedure, there should not be any problem with these techniques.
Types of Bone Grafting:
There are many ways in which bone grafting can be done. Sometimes it is as simple as collecting bone when preparing an implant site and then reusing the bone for grafting purposes. Whenever we can use the patient’s bone for repairs or additions, we will get the best results. In extreme cases, bone can be harvested from areas outside the mouth. The most common area is the hip. Needless to say, when this type of bone graft is done, everyone has to be fully prepared, and you would usually find yourself in a hospital setting with a physician removing the bone from your hip and your dentist placing it in the appropriate areas of your mouth.
Very often, we can use “bone in a bottle” to do bone grafting for dental implants. This bone is specially prepared from cadavers or other sources and used to get the patients own bone to grow into the repair site. It is very effective and very safe. Sometimes synthetic materials can be used to stimulate bone formation and sometimes we even use factors from your blood to accelerate and promote bone formation in graft areas.
Very often, bone grafting is done in combination with what dentistry refers to as a “Barrier Membrane Technique.” Membranes made out of special materials are placed over bone graft sites to keep out the types of soft tissue cells we do not want and promote the growth and migration of cells which will turn into normal, healthy bone. These membranes are very successful and are used quite a bit these days to promote sound bone formation. The membranes are usually removed at a later date, but sometimes they can be resorbed by the body and disappear all on their own.
Also, it is not uncommon to use “screws” and “tacks” to secure membranes and bone grafts at an implant site. Sometimes these pieces will also have to be removed at a later date, but rest assured that all of these components and grafting materials are safe and effective and their use has gone a long way in increasing the success rates of dental implants.
Dentist in Fairfax Area
A dentist’s primary goal is to provide a healthy smile that can brighten your life and give you a big boost of self-confidence. Here in Oakton, Fairfax VA, Dentist Dr. Vlad DMD Ph.D. is ready to provide you and your family with exceptional care. The dentist and caring dental staff at Advanced Dental Fairfax VA offer comprehensive care in all aspects of dentistry and believe that having a beautiful smile depends on a healthy foundation of strong teeth and gums.
Fairfax Dental Services
We are a general and cosmetic dental practice that also offers dental implants dedicated to improving your smile and the overall oral health of you and your family. We strive to provide quality dental care in a relaxing environment. Our knowledgeable and friendly team is always ready to answer your questions and any concerns that you may have. We educate our patients, provide quality service, create beautiful smiles and focus on what’s important – your overall health.
About Dr. Vlad:
Dr. Vlad completed his undergraduate studies at Ohio State University in 1992 and went on to finish his graduate degree from Ivy League School of Dental Medicine of University of Pennsylvania in 1996. He also completed his Externship at the Department of Maxillofacial Surgery at Ivy League Georgetown University. In 2006, Dr. Vlad earned his Ph.D. in Implantology after seven years of Advanced Dental Implantology Research.
Dr. Vlad has successfully placed over 20,000 implants with over 20 years of experience. As the Dental Director for American Dental Centers across Eastern Europe, provided outstanding dental care for US Embassy employees, US personnel stationed abroad and the entire Diplomatic core for 15 years while stationed in Europe.
Dr. Vlad now resides in Fairfax, Virginia. He has been providing the entire Northern Virginia with exceptional dentistry. He is honored and proud to provide his services to you and your family by utilizing the latest techniques and offer general family dentistry, as well as advanced treatments, such as dental implants, implant-supported dentures, implant bridges, and bone grafting. With his compassionate approach, he will ensure you receive excellent, well-informed dental treatment in a relaxed environment.
- 1988-1992 OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY-undergraduate studies
- 1992-1996-UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA-DMD DIPLOMA
- 1996- GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY DEPT OF ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY-externship, oral surgery, and implantology training
- 1996 – Accreditation by Brånemark Dental Implant System, University of Pennsylvania SDM
- 2006 – Awarded Ph.D. in Implantology
Areas Our Dentists Serve in Virginia
We served the Northern Virginia Region to include:
- Fairfax City
- Oakton (22124)
- Tyson’s Corner
- North Springfield
- West Springfield
- Falls Chuch
- Fairfax Station
- Fair Oaks