Dr. Allan Acton at Cary Family Dental believes that every patient deserves a dazzling smile. Today’s message will focus on the preparation necessary for a dental implant. Consider calling 919-371-4428 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 dental implant is a permanent post inserted into the jawbone with attached an 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 dental 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 a great option.
What Preparation is Needed?
An initial visit with Dr. Acton at Cary Family Dental 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 We Ensure Successful Healing?
Refrain from taking medications not approved by your dental caregiver after a dental implant. 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 directives 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 We 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 such as 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 do with your remaining teeth. The complete protocol can take a few months from initial consultation to the placement of the abutment and artificial tooth. At your initial consultation, we can discuss look at financing options for you.