Planning Your Dental Implant Surgery Is a Key to Success By Jose Valenzuela on February 03, 2017

Looking at dental x-raysThere are many reasons why patients visit our Los Algodones advanced dental care center. We offer state-of-the-art implant dentistry treatment, with great results that have routinely satisfied our patients.

When it comes to dental implants and oral surgery, proper planning leads to better results. Let's take a brief moment to consider the basics of planning a customized implant dentistry procedure.

About Implant Dentistry

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically embedded into the jawbone and gum tissue. The implants fuse with the bone, allowing them to function just like your natural tooth roots. When you have dental implants, you're able to bite and chew without any worry or concern of a bridge or denture coming loose.

Assessing Your Candidacy for Dental Implants

The first part of planning an implant dentistry treatment is determining if you are a good candidate for dental implants. Ideal candidates for implant dentistry have sufficient jawbone and gum tissue density in the area of the tooth gap. They should be in generally good health and not suffer from any medical conditions that would cause an oral surgery to be a major health risk.

Potential Need for Bone or Gum Grafting

Since tooth loss can result in gum recession and the loss of bone density over time, some people may not have sufficient hard and soft tissue in place to support their dental implants. In such cases, bone grafting and gum grafting procedures may be recommended. These treatments will use donor tissue or artificial tissue to build up the density along the dental arch.

Keep in mind that if bone or gum grafting is necessary, this can add a few additional months to the overall dental implants treatment process.

Picking the Right Dental Appliance

Dental implants are able to support

  • Individual dental crowns
  • Dental bridges
  • Partial dentures
  • Full dentures

The right appliance to use will generally depend on the extent of your tooth loss. For a single missing tooth, a dental crown is a good idea. For a few missing teeth, dental bridges tend to be a smart option. For extensive tooth loss, partial and full dentures are most ideal.

Whatever restoration is used, it will be custom crafted using state-of-the-art materials. The appliance will look great and natural and will also be extremely durable.

Determining the Proper Implant Placement

Before the oral surgery is performed, x-rays and scans will be taken of the patient's dental arch. The oral surgeon will carefully consider the optimal placement of the dental implant or dental implants so that any appliance used is held securely. Your dental records may also be consider as this can hep determine special considerations for crafting an individualized treatment plan.

Going Over Pre-op and Post-op Instructions

Most importantly, as we plan for your dental implant surgery, we will provide you with pre-op and post-op instructions. This will help you understand how to prepare for the oral surgery and what to expect during the recovery process. Knowing what will happen before and after the surgery can help you have realistic expectations about the procedure and its risks and benefits.

Learn More About Dental Implants

For more information about dental implants and whether or not they are an ideal option for you and your needs, be sure to contact our team of cosmetic and implant dentistry experts today. The team here looks forward to your visit and discussing these treatment options in more detail.

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Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry Center

The Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry Center in Los Algodones offers patients in the Southern California and Western Arizona area state-of-the-art dental work at our modern, inviting, and comfortable dental office. Dr. Valenzuela is a member of multiple prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry

Contact us online or call (928) 792-2156 to schedule an appointment today.

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