Getting Ready For A Dental Implant?
At Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle, we believe every patient deserves a stunning smile whether it takes dental implants, Invisalign, or cosmetic dentistry.
Today’s post will focus on the preparation needed for a dental implant. Consider calling 206-720-0600 today for your own personal consultation and to receive one-on-one information specific to your needs.
What is a dental implant?
Simply stated, a tooth implant is a permanent post inserted into the jawbone with attached abutment and artificial tooth. A tooth implant can also support a dental bridge or denture.
Who can benefit from dental implants?
Ideal candidates for an implant include patients with missing teeth, dentures, or bridges who have healthy oral tissue, adequate bone structure, and proper health for bone healing. For most of our patients who seek tooth restoration, a dental implant is an ideal option.
What preparation is needed?
An initial visit with dentist McKay at Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry is the first step. For this evaluation be sure to bring pertinent medical information, your current medication list, and questions you have about the process. Dental implants take multiple visits and the process is different for each person so be sure you understand all the particulars. If we determine that you don’t have enough bone structure at the implant site, bone grafting may be needed.
How do I ensure successful healing?
Refrain from drugs or medications not approved by your dental caregiver. Eat soft foods for a while to give your mouth time to heal after the implant is inserted. Keep the mouth cleaned properly around site. Follow the directions given at each visit. Stay healthy by eating a nutritious diet and getting proper rest. Stay away from smoking or other tobacco products.
How do I care for dental implants?
Caring for implants is not much different than caring for existing teeth. Be sure to abstain from damaging, detrimental habits such as chewing hard items (ice or candy), and seek treatment for teeth grinding if it is a problem for you. See your dentist regularly. Keep the implant and gum tissue around the implant clean just as you (hopefully) do with your natural teeth.
The complete protocol can take a few months from consultation to placement of the abutment and artificial tooth. At your initial consultation, we can discuss the cost of and look at financing options.
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