If you have recently begun the journey into the wonderful world of implants, you are likely feeling pretty excited about your future. First, dental implants offer a long list of benefits like exceptional stability and wonderful long-term wear. However, when you dig a little deeper you will find that beyond the advantages there is a lot of information for you to take in regarding what to expect. For instance, implants require a surgical procedure for placement. You will also recognize that accurate placement of that implant is very important when it comes to yielding a beautiful smile. Before you feel overwhelmed by all of the new education, we encourage you to go step by step. Take a look at the following common questions and answers to get started:
Questions and Answers: Implant Planning and Placement
Question: How do you know where to place the implants?
Answer: A dental implant must be placed strategically and with precision to appropriately replace your missing roots and to support a dental crown or other prosthetic. This is not something we accomplish with estimates. Instead, we will thoroughly evaluate your smile. This will include a thorough visual exam as well as the use of advanced technology to gain a detailed understanding of your mouth’s dimensions. Based on digital X-rays or CT scans, we can create a care plan tailored to promote your healthiest, most beautiful smile.
Question: Do I qualify for placement?
Answer: You will qualify based on a couple factors. First, you will need a healthy, strong jawbone that has not suffered from deterioration. Your jaw will support the dental implant, so it must have adequate volume to do so. In addition, you will need to be healthy enough to visit us for surgery. If your health may become compromised by surgery, implants may not be for you.
Question: What happens after placement?
Answer: After we place the dental implant into your jawbone, you will need ample time to heal and for osseointegration to take place. Your gum tissue will heal and your implant post will bond with your bone tissue. Within three to four months, this should be complete, so we may then top – or “restore” – your implant with a dental crown or other prosthetic.
ABOUT YOUR LONGVIEW COSMETIC DENTISTS:
At DentaCare Dental in Longview, we focus on advanced technology, education, and comfort to offer every patient a pleasant experience and excellent dental care. To schedule a consultation, call our Longview, TX office today at (903) 215-8223. For optimal convenience, we also serve patients at our various other locations in Tyler, Garland, and Arlington, TX, as well as Bossier City, LA.