The first step in a patient’s path to dental implants is the dental implant consultation. In this initial meeting, the surgeon will gather the information needed to plan for the dental implant placement procedure.
Your dental implant consultation may feel quite a bit like an ordinary trip to the dentist. The surgeon will examine your jaw and smile and take images of your bone structure at the implant site.
This step is essential to long-term dental implant success, as the oral surgeon must determine that you are a suitable candidate for dental implant placement. For example, if you have lost a significant amount of bone at the implant site or are lacking adequate bone due to some sort of congenital anomaly, you may need to undergo a bone graft before receiving dental implants.
If the oral surgeon places the dental implants prematurely, the osseointegration process may be disrupted, leading to dental implant failure. Although this does require an additional investment of the patient’s time, the improved outcomes are well worth those extra few months.
Alternatively, many patients will be good candidates for immediate dental implant placement, especially if they’ve decided on this treatment soon after tooth loss before bone loss has the chance to occur.
Your surgeon will also advise you of the general treatment process at your initial consultation. The dental implant placement procedure takes place in our office and takes just a few hours. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to be fitted with at least a temporary prosthetic after the surgery. Patients typically return to their normal routines within a few days of dental implant placement.
As your scheduled implant placement appointment gets closer, the surgeon will give you specific pre- and post-operative instructions to reduce your chances of complications.
If you are considering dental implants, call our office to schedule a consultation with one of our expert providers. It’s a valuable opportunity for you to learn more about the treatment process and find out whether it’s the right tooth replacement choice for you.