At Chesterfield Smile Design we think every patient deserves a dazzling smile. This article will concentrate on the preparation necessary for a dental implant.
What is a dental implant?
Simply stated, a dental 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 a tooth implant include patients with missing teeth, dentures, or bridges who have healthy oral tissue, ample 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 Chesterfield Smile Design 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 required.
How do I ensure successful healing?
Abstain 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 placed. Keep the mouth cleaned properly around the site. Follow the counsel given at each visit. Stay healthy by eating a nutritious diet and getting proper rest. Refrain 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 skip damaging, detrimental habits such as chewing hard items (ice or candy), and seek treatment for teeth grinding if it is a concern for you. See your dentist regularly. Keep the implant and gum tissue around the implant clean just as you (hopefully) do with your existing teeth.
The total process can take a few months from initial visit to the placement of the abutment and artificial tooth.
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