Dental Implants

Dental Implants

A Strong foundation for Implants

Possessing a healthy mouth is equally as necessary for implants as it is for natural teeth. If you don’t have adequate healthy bone or gum tissue in your mouth, you will need a graft before implants can be placed. Grafting helps develop a strong foundation for the implants. You’ll need to wait for a graft to heal before you can have implant surgery.

If you have periodontal disease, it will also need to be treated prior to the implant procedure.

Treatment Plan

If you’re a good candidate for implants, your dentist will discuss with you about a treatment plan. In addition, you’ll discuss the cost and time that is required. Remember, your commitment throughout the procedure will be important. Most of the time, the process will take at least many months before new prosthetic teeth can be placed on the implants. Should you need a graft or treatment for periodontal disease, the process will probably take more time.

Alternatives to Implants

If dental implants are not ideal for you now, think about your alternatives. One alternative may be a bridge to replace the missing teeth. If you currently have a denture, adjusting it for a better fit may help. You may also opt to have implants at a later time. You and your surgeon will decide what is best for you.

Risk of the Procedure

Just like any other surgical procedure, there are risks involved. Risks of this procedure may include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Failure of the implant
  • Injury to adjacent teeth or sinus
  • Injury to surrounding nerves and muscles