Don’t make a decision about dental implants before making sure that you are a good candidate. Dental implants have gained a lot of popularity in recent years, so much so that they have become a top replacement choice for patients who have suffered tooth loss, but they’re not for everybody. A dentist or oral surgeon will do a thorough evaluation before recommending a restoration therapy.

It has long been the consensus that patients with diabetes should choose an alternative to dental implants but recent studies have determined that the blood sugar levels do not affect the success or failure of the implant surgery. During the evaluation appointment the dentist will ask about the patient’s medical history. He will want to see a list of current medications and if there have been any recent changes.

Loss of bone structure can present a problem. If you have an implant soon enough after the loss of your natural tooth the bone should still be intact and able to support the implant. If the underlying bone has deteriorated your dentist may suggest grafting to restore it.

It’s important that the patient receiving a dental implant be aware of how the procedure is carried out and what his realistic expectations should be. The treatment period will vary from patient to patient depending on lifestyles, dental care habits, how many teeth are involved and where they are located.

The dentist will discuss the options for anesthetics with the patient as a part of the planning process. Many patients do fine with a typical local injection while others prefer an intravenous oral sedative. If a patient does choose to be sedated he will be advised not to eat after midnight the night before the surgery. He will also need to arrange for someone to drive him home after the procedure.

Schedule your appointment with Dr. Conway of Spokane Valley Dentistry to discuss the types of implants available and what method would be best suited to your specific needs. Call the office today @ 509-926-6261.