02 Jan The 5 Things That Happen During a Dental Implant Evaluation
Before you get implants, you have to go through a dental implant evaluation. This first step in the process helps you prepare for the procedure itself. Several things happen during your evaluation, and here’s what you can expect.
1. Discuss Medical History
Before you do anything, you’ll discuss your medical history and any medications you may be taking with your dentist. If you have any medical issues, you may be required to take antibiotics before your procedure. Your medical history also affects what types of post-surgery medications you’ll be prescribed.
Be completely honest about your medical history. This is necessary to ensure you’re healthy enough for the procedure.
2. Dental Implant Evaluation X-Ray
The next most important part of your evaluation is the X-ray. The type of X-ray depends on your dentist and insurance. For example, at Commonwealth Oral & Facial Surgery, we use a panoramic X-ray to get a full view of your teeth and jawbone.
No matter what type is used, the imaging allows your dentist to see below the surface to the current structure of your jawbone. They’ll check for bone loss and determine the health of your surrounding teeth. These X-rays will also allow your dentist to determine how your implant should be placed.
Additionally, X-rays are necessary to ensure you’re a good candidate for implants. For example, if there’s not enough bone density in that area, it won’t support an implant.
3. Take Impressions
The next step of your dental implant evaluation is to take impressions of your teeth. An implant is designed to mimic the look of your natural teeth. To ensure your implant fits properly, your dentist takes impressions to get the exact size and position necessary. Everyone’s teeth are shaped and spaced differently. Your dentist uses the impressions as a guide to ensure the most comfortable fit in your mouth.
4. Match Your Tooth Color
Of course, you want your dental implant to be bright white. However, you’ll also need your implant to match any remaining teeth. Your dentist carefully color matches your surrounding teeth. They’ll use this to create the final replacement tooth or crown to attach to the implant.
5. Discuss Your Procedure
The final step in your dental implant evaluation involves discussing the procedure. Ask any questions you might have. Your dentist will walk you through the type of dental implant and what to expect during and long after the procedure. When you’re confident in moving forward, you can then schedule the appointment.
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