At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, we believe every patient deserves a sensational smile.
Today’s post will address the preparation needed for dental implants. Consider calling 616-784-2377 today for your own personal consultation and to receive one-on-one information specific to your needs.
Getting ready for a tooth implant includes understanding what it is, whether you are a candidate, how to prepare for the surgery, precautions to take throughout the healing process and what to expect once the implant is complete.
What is a dental implant?
Simply stated, a dental implant is a permanent post fused to the jawbone with attached abutment and artificial tooth. A tooth implant can also support a dental bridge or denture.
Who can benefit from dental implants?
Ideal candidates for dental implants include patients with missing teeth, dentures, or bridges who have healthy oral tissue, adequate bone structure, and proper health for bone healing. Several of our patients in Belmont, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford, MI have a wide range of dental concerns and have found dental implants to be a wonderful solution.
What preparation is needed?
An initial visit with Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry is the first step. During this initial evaluation be sure to bring pertinent medical information, current medication list, and questions you have about the process. Dental implants take multiple visits and the process is different for each person so be sure you understand all the essential details.
How do I ensure successful healing?
Eat soft foods for a while to give your mouth time to heal between surgeries. Keep the mouth cleaned properly around site. Follow the instructions given at each visit. Stay healthy by eating a nutritious diet and getting proper rest. Avoid smoking or other tobacco products.
How do I care for dental implants?
Caring for implants is not much different than caring for natural teeth. Be sure to avoid damaging, harmful habits such as chewing hard items (ice, candy, ect.), and seek treatment for teeth grinding if it is a problem for you. See your dentist regularly. Keep the implants and gum tissue around the implants clean just as you (hopefully) do with your natural teeth.
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