At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we believe everyone deserves a dazzling smile. Even if you’re missing a tooth, a dental implant can restore yours. This blog post focuses on the preparation required for a dental implant.
What is a dental implant?
Simply stated, a dental implant is a permanent post placed into the jawbone with attached abutment and artificial tooth. An implant can also support a dental bridge or denture.
Who can benefit from dental implants?
Ideal candidates for a dental implant include patients with missing teeth who have healthy oral tissue, adequate bone structure, and proper health for bone healing. Implans can also be used to anchor dentures or bridges. For most of our patients who seek tooth restoration, a dental implant is a great option.
What preparation is needed?
An initial visit to our office is the first step. For this evaluation be sure to bring pertinent medical information, your 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 details. If we determine that you don’t have enough bone structure at the implant site, bone grafting may be required.
How do I ensure successful healing?
Avoid drugs or medications not approved by your dental caregiver. Eat soft foods for a while to give your mouth time to heal after the implant is inserted. Keep the mouth cleaned properly around the site. Follow the instructions given at each visit. Stay healthy by eating a nutritious diet and getting proper rest. Stay away from 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 forego damaging, harmful habits such as chewing hard items (ice or candy), and seek treatment for teeth grinding if it is a concern for you. See us regularly for cleanings and checkups. Keep the implant and gum tissue around the implant clean just as you do with your natural teeth.
Dental implants from Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in North Dallas can change your life for the better. We also offer general dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.
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