Thanks to modern technology and advancements in dental techniques, dental implants serve as the gold standard in cosmetic dentistry and dental reconstructions. If you’ve talked it over with your dentist, and you two have collectively decided that dental implants are the route you’re going to take, then this article will serve as a great help for you. Today we will be discussing how to prepare for this life-changing procedure!
Here at the Texas Dental Center, we take the safety and needs of our patients very seriously. We can’t emphasize enough the importance of having a conversation with your dentist in preparation for dental implants. There are certain factors that could hinder you from getting immediate dental treatment. These could include gum disease, bone density, and teeth clenching. It is worth a look at considering the pre-implant treatments to help you qualify for dental implants.
If you are experiencing the later stages of gum disease, known as periodontitis, the damage to your supporting gum and bone structures is irreversibly compromised. However, scaling and root planing done by a professional periodontist can help you return to the healthier state of gums your teeth need for dental implants.
Bone grafting procedures are a great way to get your bone density back to where they need to be for dental implants. Dental implants need a certain level of bone density to achieve the best possible results.
Clenching or grinding your teeth at night makes you at great risk of potentially damaging an implant before it heals, or breaking the teeth around the implant that is in place. There are a good number of solutions to this problem, as your dentist could recommend sleeping with a night guard or even stress reduction therapies to keep you from grinding and clenching while you sleep.
The best way to prepare for your implant is to talk to a professional dentist about your options. Give us a call at Texas Dental Center today to schedule your first appointment.