The Dental Implants Consultation
At your consultation, Dr. Stein will review your medical history and thoroughly examine your teeth and jaw with advanced imaging technology. Based off the results, he can determine if implants are the right course of action for you, and if so, where they are best placed.
Based on his findings and the type of restoration you choose, Dr. Stein will prepare a treatment timeline to fit your needs and budget. In cases where periodontal disease and jawbone recession have been detected, you may need to undergo preliminary procedures to prepare your jawbone. This stage can consist of extractions or periodontal care to remove bacteria. You may also require bone graft surgery in order to strengthen your jawbone mass. Bone graft surgery will add four to nine months to the overall treatment timeline. If you require a sinus lift to provide more room for implants, you will also require an additional four to nine months to heal before receiving your implants.
If you have lost jawbone tissue as a result of missing teeth, Dr. Stein can perform a sinus lift or bone graft to enhance your candidacy.
After a detailed consultation, he will create a personalized treatment plan and provide you with pre-surgical instructions to follow in order to better prepare for the procedure. At this time, you will also discuss other logistics of your procedure, such as costs, surgical expectations, and the timeline.
Dr. Stein and the staff will give you post-surgical instructions to follow, such as care of the surgical site, certain foods to avoid, and medications to take to ensure a smooth recovery. It is not uncommon to experience minor bleeding, swelling, and bruising following surgery. During this time, you will attend the necessary follow-up appointments so Dr. Stein can monitor your recovery.
Risks of Dental Implant Surgery
As with any surgery, there are some risks involved with dental implant surgery, which can include:
- Nerve damage
- Short-term or long-term numbness
- Injury to surrounding teeth or gums
- Sinus issues
However, choosing an experienced prosthodontist, such as Dr. Stein, will significantly lower your risk for complications. Caring for your dental implant-supported restorations is much like caring for your natural teeth. You can prolong the life of your implants by brushing your teeth twice at least twice a day, flossing regularly, and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash.
At our dental practice, Dr. Stein can design a dental implant treatment to fit your needs and timeline.