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Let's take this opportunity to consider the importance of pre-planning when it comes to implant dentistry procedures.
It's important that any major dental procedure be carefully and meticulously planned before it is carried out. This helps ensure that there are as few complications as possible and to avoid the need for secondary or corrective procedures afterward. With a treatment like implant dentistry, in which the implants are rooted into the jawbone and gum tissue, this pre-planning can mean the difference between success and failure.
One of the first important steps of the pre-planning process is considering the need for bone grafting or gum augmentation. These matters involve the overall density of these living tissues of the mouth. In some cases, a patient may need to undergo bone grafting and/or gum augmentation to ensure that the dental implants that is placed has proper living tissue to fuse with.
Keep in mind that if grafting is necessary, this will add several months to the implant dentistry process to account for full healing after the grafting procedure.
There are many different kinds of dental implants available in order to address the various needs of patients. By examining dental x-rays and considering the needs of the patient with regard to tooth replacement, an oral surgeon can make informed decisions about the best kind of implant to use for the patient's needs.
Digital models and x-rays are both considered when it comes to the placement of the actual dental implants. The implants will be positioned in order to ensure that the stress on the implant from the bite is properly distributed to the jawbone and gum tissue and does not cause any damage to the surrounding structures.
Before the actual oral surgery takes place, patients will be provided with pre-operative instructions. This list of do's and don'ts before surgery can improve the chances of healing without complications and can also help reduce the severity of post-surgical side effects.
Prior to any oral surgery, we always encourage our patients to ask questions about the procedure. This helps them get the information they need and puts their mind at ease about any worries they may have. As you can see, the pre-planning is just as much about the oral surgeon's preparation as it is the patient's.
For more information about implant dentistry and how it can help you have the most beautiful smile possible, be sure to contact our advanced dental care and oral surgery center today. Dr. Andrew Glenn and the entire team here looks forward to your visit and helping you restore the function and health of your smile.
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