Although placing dental implants has become a routine procedure for oral surgeons, it’s still a significant undertaking for patients. It’s important to be prepared for every step of the process so that you will know what to expect.
Prior to the procedure, you will have a preliminary appointment that allows the oral surgeon to evaluate your case and determine your suitability as a candidate for dental implants.
At that initial dental implant consultation, the oral surgeon will visually examine the jaw and the projected implant site. The patient also will have impressions taken of the site and undergo a three-dimensional scan that provides an interior view of the patient’s bone structure.
All of this information is then used to formulate the treatment plan. In particular, the oral surgeon will be closely examining the patient’s bone structure. The quality of available bone heavily influences the dental implant process, as the implant must have sufficient bone material to facilitate its osseointegration.
If patients are not immediately appropriate for implant placement, they may be able to improve their chances by undergoing an additional procedure, such as a bone graft. The data gathered at the consultation can also be used to determine whether immediate function procedures are possible in your case. These procedures allow patients to get their replacement teeth more quickly. Not everyone will be a candidate, though.
That first appointment will also give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the procedure itself. This information can also help you make decisions about the process, such as the type of sedation that will be used.
Additionally, you can take advantage of the consultation to develop a checklist of tasks that you’ll need to do in advance of the implant placement appointment. For example, patients who choose IV sedation will need to fast after midnight before undergoing the procedure.
You should also plan for aftercare in the hours and days immediately following the surgery. If you receive prescriptions for painkillers or prophylactic antibiotics, it’s best to get those in advance rather than waiting until after the procedure. You may also need to buy certain foods to adhere to a softer diet for a few days.
To learn more about treatment with dental implants, contact our experienced team at EverSmile and schedule your professional consultation today.