This post from Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise focuses on the preparation needed for a dental implant.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a permanent post inserted 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, dentures, or bridges who have healthy oral tissue, adequate bone structure, and proper health for bone healing. For most of our patients who seek tooth restoration, a dental implant is a great option.
What preparation is needed?
An initial visit 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 particulars. If we determine that you don’t have enough bone structure at the implant site, bone grafting may be required.
How do I care for dental implants?
Caring for implants is not much different than caring for natural teeth. Don’t chew hard things like ice or candy, and seek treatment for teeth grinding if it is an issue for you. See us for regular checkups.
The complete dental implant treatment can take a few months from start to finish. At Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise we also offer full general and family dentistry. Call us for an appointment today!
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