Candidates For Implants
We begin treatment by providing a clinical exam involving a visual inspection of the area, gentle palpation, and possible probing of the potential implant site.
In straightforward cases, simple dental x-rays are usually sufficient to examine the bone. In more complex cases, specialized implant x-rays, known as tomograms or CBCT’s, are usually required.
Implants Function Just Like Teeth
Smoking and Implants Do Not Mix
Wearing Dental Appliances Following Surgery
After the Surgery
After the initial implant placement, regular follow-up visits are required to ensure healing is progressing as desired.
After the teeth are attached to the implants, regular check-ups are needed every 6 to 12 months depending on patient hygiene and care. At these check-up appointments, the implants are inspected and examined to ensure the supporting gum and bone remains healthy. X-rays are taken yearly to examine the bone structure around the implant.
Implants Can Be Rejected
Other reasons include inadvertent loading of the implant via a removable denture or by the action of chewing hard food over the implant site during the early stages of healing. Infection may also cause an implant to fail.
Most modern implant systems report success rates of 85-95% over a 5 to 15 years period.
Treatment for Failed Implants
Procedures for Implant Placement
Home Care for Dental Implants
It is important to note NO metal scrapers should ever come in contact with the implants because any metal object can scratch the surface of the implants.