Dental Implants, Part 2 | Our Dental Blog
Dental Implants, Part 2
Nov 23 2016
Are You A Candidate For Implants?
Everyone deserves to have a winning smile, so when it comes to flashing your teeth you want them to look their best. Unfortunately, not all people have perfect teeth, but the good news is that there is a remedy: dental implants. Dental implants permanently give you a flawless set of teeth with a gorgeous smile. The following information from Dr. Sato in Dayton, OH should give you an idea as to whether dental implants are right for you or not.
People who are considering dental implants need to have healthy gums and sufficient jaw bone mass for the procedure to be a success. Consulting with Dr. Sato is your best option in order to learn whether you are a candidate for the procedure or not. Most people are suited for dental implants, but those who may not, fall under the following categories:
- People who are underage or have not stopped growing.
- Women who are pregnant.
- Persons who smoke heavily - heavy smoking retards the healing process, making the procedure a difficult one. People who take drugs or ingest alcohol are less likely to give the care and attention to the implants necessary for a successful procedure.
- People with chronic ailments such as diabetes, hemophilia, immune deficiencies, connective-tissue disease or those who have been exposed to high doses of radiation in the head and neck area. A complete evaluation by your dentist will determine whether implants are right for you or not.
Implant therapy is performed by an oral surgeon, such as a periodontist, who also works with a dentist. The patient will be X-rayed or receive a scan, which will allow the dental team to inspect the condition of their sinuses, nerves and jawbone mass. After the evaluation, the dentist will let you know which option is best for you and prepare a treatment plan so the procedure is a success.
The initial procedure is just the first step. After the screws have been placed in the jaw there is a healing period of about a month or more. After several checkups, the teeth are then placed on the embedded screws. The entire process takes about six months, or possibly more, after which the patient must make routine visits to the dentist to ensure the procedure was successful. The patient must floss and brush regularly to maintain proper oral health and keep plaque from building up on the dental implants.