At The Lewisville Dentist we believe every patient deserves a sensational smile, and use everything from teeth whitening to dental implants to create them.
And what, you might ask, is a dental implant? A dental implant is a titanium post inserted into a patient’s jaw to support an artificial tooth. They look and function like a natural tooth.
This blog post focuses on the preparation required for a dental implant.
Who can benefit from dental implants?
Ideal candidates for an implant include patients with missing teeth, dentures, or bridges who have healthy oral tissue, sufficient 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 The Lewisville Dentist 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 specifics. 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?
Avoid 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 the 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 remaining teeth. Be sure to avoid damaging, harmful habits such as chewing hard items (ice or candy), and seek treatment for teeth grinding if it is an issue 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 consultation to the placement of the abutment and artificial tooth. At your initial consultation, we can discuss the cost of and consider financing options.
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