What to Expect Before A Dental Implant Procedure

By Cosmetic Dental & Implant Center
October 24, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

dental implantsSandy Springs dentist Dr. M. James Fagan has specialized in dental implant placement and reconstruction for more than three decades. Dental implants replace a missing tooth or teeth with an artificial titanium implant that acts as a tooth root that is then covered with a crown to re-create the natural look and feel of real teeth.
Dental implants offer great results because much planning goes into their success. As an experience Sandy Springs dental implant expert, Dr. Fagan emphasizes the importance of selecting the right patient to ensure the dental implant will be a success. Preparation before a dental implant procedure involves several steps, including a consultation, examination, imaging and procedures to enhance bone health, if necessary.
Dr. Fagan starts with the dental implant consultation to hear from his patients their goals for treatment. Perhaps a tooth was knocked out due to trauma or is severely decayed and requires extraction and a dental implant serves as a replacement strategy. Others may wish to explore the idea of implant-supported dentures as an alternative to traditional removable dentures. The consultation can help Dr. Fagan understand how he may be able to meet a patient’s needs.
An examination is a vital portion of patient selection for dental implants. Patients must have healthy gum tissue as well as enough jawbone to successfully place the dental implant. During this time, Dr. Fagan will also take a thorough medical history and review your dental records. This can help Dr. Fagan identify any conditions that may affect healing, such as diabetes. Patients who smoke may also experience slower healing times.
Imaging is also a part of the examination process. This helps Dr. Fagan start to identify where the implant will be placed. However, if patients need bone grafting to build up jawbone, he can recommend this approach as well. If you are a candidate, Dr. Fagan can schedule the initial implant replacement surgery.
Time Commitment
The dental implant process can take anywhere from four to nine months to complete -- and the results are meant to last a lifetime. That’s why Dr. Fagan puts such an emphasis on what to expect before the dental implant procedure at his Sandy Springs office. Because dental implants are associated with a high success rate when placed on the right candidate, Dr. Fagan emphasizes the importance of consultations and examinations to ensure his patients are delighted with their results.
For more information on dental implants at Dr. Fagan’s Sandy Springs, GA dentist office, please call (404) 255-5006.