Five Must-Ask Questions for Your Implant Dentist
By Arthur Kezian
If you are considering dental implants there are many factors to the procedure that you may be wondering about. Is this surgery right for me? What are the success rates? How long will it take to heal? What are the steps to the procedure? The best way to make your procedure a success is to consult with a qualified dentist who can answer all of your questions. Here are the top five things that you should ask your implant dentist.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
If you are considering dental implants, one of the first things you may be wondering is whether or not you are a good candidate for the procedure. There are a few variables that make someone a good candidate for implant surgery. Good bone density is an important factor when considering a patient for this type of prosthetic. Another factor is gum health – good gum health is important for successful implantation.
What kinds of prosthetics are available with dental implant procedure?
Dental implants can replace one or more teeth with the same prosthetic. There are several different options for replacements. Your dentist can discuss this in more detail with you at your consultation appointment.
How long does the healing process take?
The implant healing process takes about 3-4 months in the lower jaw and 6 months in the upper jaw. There are two steps to the whole dental implant procedure. The first step is placing the implant into the jawbone. The implant then needs time to fuse to the jawbone in order to move on to the second step, which is uncovering the implant which can either be done via minor surgery or laser.
How safe is dental implant surgery?
This procedure has a very high rate of success – 85%-95%. Implants are made of medically pure titanium which means that there is no a risk of rejection by the body to the implants. During both stages of the surgery your dentist will ensure a sterile environment to minimize any risk of infection. With proper follow up and at-home care dental implants have a low risk of infection.
How do I care for my dental implants at home?
Healing time for dental implants is around 3-6 months. At home care will emphasize cleanliness and careful attention to self-care instructions. Your at home care is very important for the health and success of your implants. The most important steps are timely and consistent removal of plaque and good oral hygiene between dental visits. Your dentist will give you all the necessary instructions on home care that you will need to ensure a healthy and safe recovery.
Dental surgery does not have to be overwhelming. The right dentist can answer your questions and assure you that your procedure will go smoothly and successfully. Working together, you and your implant dentist can have you on your way back to a healthy and bright smile in no time.
Discuss Your Options With a Professional Implant Dentist
Nothing can set your mind more at ease than speaking to an implant dentist about your questions and concerns. To get started, contact the helpful dental staff at Dr. Arthur A. Kezian DDS!
Dr. Arthur A. Kezian DDS 443 N. Larchmont Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90004 (323) 467-2777