Get The Most Out Of Implants

Smile OPKSWhenever you have decided to get implants, there is always a period of preparation. Whether you are getting a single tooth replaced or if you have an entire mouth that needs work done, you want to make sure you are doing everything you can to make sure your operation is successful.

Today, your Overland Park, KS dentist writes to you about how best to prepare for your procedure, inside and out.

How Long Does This Take?

The entire process of having an implant placed in your mouth can be as little as 6 months. That said, it is often much longer than that, sometimes even more than a year.

So it is important to make sure that your mouth remains healthy through this process. It’s a major trauma to the jaw, so we need to take it very seriously.

Dentists like to get their work started as soon as possible as a rule. And the placement of implants is certainly no exception to this rule. 

The longer that a tooth is missing or misaligned, the more likely it is that changes to the face can occur. The orientation of the spacing of the teeth can change. You might even lose mass in the jawbone where there are no longer teeth.

Of course, with any procedure, there is a distinct process to the procedure in order to ensure the safety and sanitization of the operation.

Tell Me About The Process

The first step is the extraction of any tooth or tooth material from the site of where the implant is needed. Before anything else, this must be cleared away in order to make space for the implant. If you’ve not completed this stage, your dentist will not be able to proceed until it has been done.

After the site has been cleaned and is healed up from any prior surgery, the dentist might need to perform what is called a bone graft. Depending on the reason for the loss of the tooth and the length of time the tooth was missing, there may have been some decay in the bone matter of the jaw.

The dentist will need to make sure that the facial structure element is perfect, as well. When people get dentures, a change in their profile is often noticed. We want your face to look as similar as possible as before.

Any further grafting or structural procedures of the bone will need to be completed before the process can go any further. Sometimes, a few different operations are necessary to ensure a perfect new tooth.

The biggest thing to remember throughout the process is to keep your mouth clean. Follow the recommendations of your dentists, they truly do have your best outcome at heart.

Call Us For More Information!

Contact Family First Dental in Overland Park, KS by calling 913-381-2600 to schedule your next appointment with our team and discuss how we can plan to protect your teeth as best as possible!