What Should I Expect During My First Visit?
For Implant Patients A 3-dimensional CT scan may be recommended for dental implants patients. This scan allows for analysis of available bone, anatomical structures and nerves prior to implant placement, improving the precision and safety of this procedure. A typical dental implant exam last about 30 minutes.
Please assist us at the time of your initial visit to the office by providing the following information:
- If available, please provide any recent radiographs from other dental providers.
- A list of all medications you are currently taking.
- If you have dental insurance, please bring any forms or insurance cards with you to the appointment.
Please Note: All patients under18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation appointment.
Please notify the office if you have a medical condition or concern prior to surgery (e.g. artificial heart valves or joints, heart murmurs requiring pre-medication, severe diabetes, or hypertension).
Prior to your visit Please complete your medical history form and provide a list of all medications taken. If available, please provide any recent radiographs from other dental providers.
What are Mini Implants?
While there are decades of research that show that traditional sized implants are highly successful, there is minimal research to date and no long-term research supporting the use of mini implants. As mini implants have much less surface area for bone to attach than standard implants, failure rates for mini implants are higher than traditional implants, especially in the upper jaw where bone quality is poor. Additionally, the risk of implant fracture may be increased due to reduced implant width. Furthermore, restorative parts are limited for mini implants which may limit options when placing a tooth on a mini implant. Dr. Gordon Christensen, a practicing prosthodontist and co-founder of Clinical Research Associates stated regarding mini implants “Patients should be advised that these implants are being used throughout the world, but they have not been subjected to long-term research such as that done on standard–sized implants.”
What is periodontal maintenance?
Why do I have to alternate my maintenance between my general dentist and a periodontist?
What kinds of things can I do to prevent gum disease?
What is gingivitis?
What is periodontal disease?
This infection starts destroying the bone that supports your teeth. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss. Read more about Periodontal Disease.
What is guided tissue regeneration?
What is crown lengthening?
What is a dental implant, and how does it work?
What benefits does an implant offer as opposed to a bridge?
There are several other benefits that can be specific to the case. Ask your dentist how they can benefit you.