Dental implants are permanent solutions to missing teeth. An oral surgeon places titanium screws in your jawbone and waits for the wound to heal. After healing is complete, dental crowns are attached to the implants. The procedure is complicated, costly and takes several months to complete. Not everyone is a candidate; you must be in excellent health and have good jaw bone volume and quality. Before getting implants, here are some things to consider:
- Learn everything about the procedure. Get written information from your dentist, the American Dental Association (ADA) or the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Some clinics offer videos showing actual patients before, during and after the procedure. Talk to people who’ve had implants placed. Asking the right questions eliminates surprises during treatment.
- Get a second opinion. Implant placement is costly surgical procedure, so it’s only wise to get an expert second opinion. Take copies of your x-rays and show them to the second dentist. If the first and second recommendations do not agree, ask why.
- Ask what kind of implants they use. Implants are not created equal; those made by major manufacturers usually have higher success rates than others. Ask your dentist about the name of the manufacturer, how long they have been in business, their track record, etc.
- Get checked by your general dentist. Tell your general dentist that you’re getting dental implants so he or she can monitor your mouth during and after the procedure. Besides checking for loose implants and cracked crowns, your dentist may order x-rays to check for bone loss and hidden problems.
- Practice proper oral hygiene. Implants are immune to cavities, but bone loss or infection around the implant site could be an issue. Brush at least twice a day, floss once a day and show up for regular dental appointments to prevent problems.
Lincroft dentist Dr. Friedman is your partner in excellent oral health. Learn how dental implants work and if you are a good candidate. Come in today for a consultation or call us to set an appointment.