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Cosmetic Dentistry Preparing your Teeth

Dr. Zak speaks about preparing the teeth for dental implants.

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Preparing the teeth for dental implants is an important part of the dental implant process.


Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about preparing the teeth for dental implants:

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium or other biocompatible materials that are surgically placed into the jawbone. They provide a stable foundation for replacement teeth (crowns), bridges, or dentures.

How do I know if I am a candidate for dental implants?

A thorough evaluation by a dentist or oral surgeon is necessary to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants. Factors such as your overall health, bone density, and oral hygiene play a role in the decision.

What happens during the evaluation for dental implants?

The evaluation typically includes a dental examination, medical history review, X-rays, and possibly a CT scan to assess your jawbone quality and quantity, as well as your overall oral health.

How is the jawbone prepared for dental implants?

If necessary, your dentist or oral surgeon may perform procedures such as bone grafting or sinus lifts to increase bone density and height, creating a stable base for the implants.

What is a bone graft, and why might I need one?

A bone graft is a procedure that adds bone material to areas of the jaw where there is insufficient bone to support an implant. This can help strengthen the jawbone and provide a better foundation for the implant.

What should I expect during the implant surgery?

During implant surgery, local anesthesia or sedation is used to numb the area. The dentist or oral surgeon places the implant post into the jawbone. The procedure can take a few hours, depending on the number of implants being placed.

What is the healing process like after implant surgery?

Healing can take a few weeks to several months, depending on the complexity of the surgery and your individual healing rate. The implant needs time to integrate (osseointegrate) with the jawbone before the replacement tooth can be placed.

What can I do to promote healing after implant surgery?

Follow your dentist’s or oral surgeon’s post-operative instructions, which may include taking prescribed medications, eating soft foods, and avoiding strenuous activity for a few days.

How long does it take to complete the dental implant process?

The entire process, from initial evaluation to final placement of the replacement tooth, can take several months. This includes healing time after implant placement and any additional procedures such as bone grafting.

What are the potential risks of dental implant surgery?

Potential risks include infection, nerve damage, implant failure, and complications related to anesthesia. These risks are relatively rare and can be minimized with proper planning and care.

How should I care for my dental implants?

Care for your dental implants just like natural teeth. Brush and floss regularly, and visit your dentist for routine check-ups and cleanings. Proper oral hygiene will help maintain the health and longevity of your implants.

If you have any further questions about preparing for dental implants, your dentist or oral surgeon can provide personalized advice and guidance based on your specific situation.