Who Is a Candidate?
For many patients, dental implants are a great restoration option that can meet their needs and provide them with a beautiful, natural-looking smile. Our highly trained staff at Brea Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry always strive to provide our patients with the best procedures for them, which is often dental implants. However, our team will make every effort to ensure that you are a good candidate for dental implants so that the procedure can be completed safely and with the desired outcome.
To do this, our team will complete a thorough oral exam and take digital images of your oral cavity. This is done to make sure that your jawbone and soft tissue is healthy enough to support the implants. They will also review your entire medical history. This is because some medical conditions could negatively affect your recovery process or your response to medications provided during the procedure and must be accounted for in the development of your treatment plan.
Will I Be Sedated?
Dental implants, like any major restorative procedure, has the potential to cause discomfort because it involves the altering and removal of tissues in your oral cavity. Our professionals will ensure that you are kept comfortable during the procedure through the use of anesthetic and/or sedative medication. Deep sedation is not always necessary to allow our team to complete the placement of dental implants but is an option in certain cases.
Our professional will discuss the benefits of different types of sedation techniques and will base their decision on your medical history and preference, as well as several other important factors. The location and number of implants that you are receiving will heavily influence the decision as to what type of sedation to use.
Will I Need a Bone Graft?
Some patients will need a bone graft. This is determined during your consultation appointment through the use of digital imaging. An ideal candidate will have a jawbone that is sufficiently dense to support the placement of the implants. However, our team can improve your candidacy through the use of a bone graft if necessary, to make your jaw strong enough for the procedure.
How Long Is the Recovery?
The recovery time varies from patient to patient and is also influenced by the number of implants needed. A single tooth implant has a very brief recovery time but may still take several months to a year for the implant to fuse with your jawbone. Whole mouth restorations will result in tenderness and sensitivity that ranges from a few days to a few weeks. Our team can provide medication to assist in managing this discomfort.
Patients in optimal health tend to have shorter recovery periods, while older patients or patients with underlying health conditions such as diabetes may need a little longer to heal. However, our team closely monitors all of our patients during the recovery process so that they can quickly address any concerns and provide you with a successful outcome.
If you are ready to find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants, then it is time to come see our professionals at Brea Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry. You can schedule your consultation by calling our office at (657) 341-0808 today.