If you are expecting to go for a dental implant surgery, you need to be aware that a high degree of planning and prior preparation are essential to ensuring successful results. The dentist is obviously the person who plans the treatment and executes the bulk of the pre-surgical process. However, as a patient, you must also be prepared to undergo the procedures and cooperate throughout the preparatory process.
Like most dental treatments, the dental implant procedure begins at the consultation stage. You will be asked about any medical conditions that you have, or habits like smoking and drinking that may complicate the process. Your dental history will also be reviewed as certain problems can lead to failure of the surgery.
After you have had the chance to discuss with the dentist about the treatment, they will examine your mouth thoroughly before obtaining x-ray images of your jaw region to assess its condition. The x-ray examination is performed to determine bone sufficiency, bone height, bone thickness bone volume and tooth shape. A CT scan may be performed to verify the form, size and location of the bone structure, the results of which will determine the treatment plan for the surgery.
This is also an important step that will allow the dentist to determine the exact location in which to place the implants. Your oral cavity will also be examined in order to determine the size of the jaw for implants to be placed. If the dentist finds any indication of gum disease, cavities or biting problems, they may suggest dealing with these issues prior to placement of the dental implants.
At this stage of the pre-op, the dentist will determine the type and number of implants that are required for the procedure. The surgery may need to be postponed should you develop any illnesses like a common cold or fever, so maintaining your health in the days or weeks leading up to surgery is critical.
You must follow the pre-op instructions as given by the dentist. Eating and drinking is prohibited 6 hours prior to the surgery. You should get a responsible adult to accompany you on the day of the surgery as you would not be allowed to drive at least 24 hors after the operation. A bit of dental anxiety prior to the surgery is normal. However if you experience a high degree of anxiety it is important that you inform your dentist who will discuss with you if it is appropriate for your to undergo the surgery.
To find out more about dental implants and other teeth replacement methods, make an appointment to speak with Dr Luke Cronin at Quality Dental in North Sydney. Call Quality Dental Sydney at (02) 9922 1159 or visit www.qualitydental.com.au