Planning Your Dental Implant Treatment By Joe McIntyre, DDS on March 25, 2016

A model toothDr. Joe McIntyre and Dr. Dan Whiting have built a strong reputation in advanced dental care therapies. Their focus is on patient wellness and patient empowerment, which is why so many people in Bridgewater visit their practice when they experience issues such as tooth loss.

Dental implants are an excellent option for treating tooth loss, placing artificial tooth roots to support crowns, bridges, or dentures. Planning is a key to success when it comes to involved dental procedures such as this, and we'd like to go over some of the basics of the planning process right now.

Planning Is Key for Success

In order to ensure the best possible results during an implant dentistry procedure, planning is key. This allows oral surgeons and restorative dentistry specialists to determine the optimal manner in which to perform a surgery. In essence, the planning phase helps minimize risks and reduce any possibility of adverse complications.

Taking X-rays and Examining Medical Information

The first phase to planning any involved dental procedure is taking x-rays and using all available diagnostic imaging options. Using these x-rays and images, we can assess the structure and health of the jawbone and gum tissue. This helps in determining if there is enough tissue density to support a dental implant, if a patient is healthy and can tolerate the oral surgery, and/or if additional considerations will have to be made.

Assessing Candidacy for Dental Implants

Based on the above, we can determine if dental implants would be an ideal treatment option for you and your needs. We will provide you with information on the risks and benefits of the procedure so you can make a confident and assured choice about all of your treatment options.

Discussing the Need for Bone Grafting and Soft Tissue Augmentation

For patients who have insufficient jawbone density or gum tissue density, we can discuss a potential bone grafting or gum grafting surgery. This will help create more density along the jaw and the gumline, which helps ensure greater success in the implant dentistry procedure.

Keep in mind that patients who require gum augmentation or bone augmentation will need to heal for several months before they can proceed with implant dentistry treatment.

Determining Optimal Placement and Type of Dental Implants

Using the x-rays of the dental ridge, we can plan the best placement of the dental implants and the type of implants to use. There are different options with regard to the number of implants and the way that the implants fuse with the bone structure and soft tissue.
The type of restoration a patient will need can determine these matters as well. For instance, a dental crown will only require a single dental implant to support, whereas a bridge or denture will require more implants to support. Patients will receive ample information on the procedure as planned so they understand what the surgery will entail.

Preparing for the Oral Surgery

In the lead up to the oral surgery, patients will be given information on preparing for surgery. This will include notes on do's and don'ts leading into surgery and what they can do to prepare for the recovery process. This is a great way for patients to get realistic expectations about the implant dentistry procedure, and it allows patients to ask any questions and voice concerns they may have before the surgery is performed.

This underlies the primary importance of the planning phase: prepare the patient for the process just as much as planning the procedure itself.

Contact Smiles For Life

For more information about dental implants and what goes into the planning process, be sure to contact our advanced dental care center today. Dr. Joe McIntyre and Dr. Dan Whiting look forward to your visit and helping you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile that's fully restored.

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