Every patient deserves a beautiful smile whether it takes Invisalign clear braces, sedation dentistry, or dental implants. When getting ready for a dental implant it’s important to think about a number of factors. In order to prepare yourself for dental implants here are the top 5 questions patients have.

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What is a Dental Implant?

Simply stated, a dental implant is a permanent post fused to 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 dental implants include patients with missing teeth, dentures, or bridges who have healthy oral tissue, adequate bone structure, and proper health for bone healing. Our patients come from all backgrounds and have a wide range of dental issues. For many, dental implants are a terrific solution.

What preparation is needed?

An initial visit  is the first step. For this evaluation be sure to bring pertinent medical information, 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 vital details. If we determine that you don’t have enough bone structure at the implant site, bone grafting may be necessary.

How do I ensure successful healing?

Avoid drugs or medications not approved by your dental caregiver. Eat soft foods for a while to give your mouth time to heal between surgeries. Keep the mouth cleaned properly around site. Follow the instructions given at each visit. Stay healthy by eating a nutritious diet and getting proper rest. Avoid smoking or other tobacco products.

How do I care for Dental Implants?

Caring for implants is not much different than caring for natural teeth. Be sure to avoid damaging, dangerous habits such as chewing hard items, and seek treatment for teeth grinding if it is a problem for you. See your dentist regularly, keep the implants and gum tissue around the implants clean (don’t forget to floss) just as you do with your natural teeth.

The complete process can take months from consultation to complete healing and placement of the abutment and artificial tooth. At your initial consultation, we can discuss the cost of dental implants and think about financing options.

If you have questions about implant dentistry, give us a call at (907) 349-0022 or contact us our office today!