WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE EVALUATION STAGE
The foremost part of the evaluation stage is determining whether you are a good candidate for dental implants, this includes identifying some factors that might elevate the risks of failure or complications. This would involve a thorough examination of your mouth - teeth, gums, and bone structure by our prosthodontist or oral surgeon to be able to carry out a comprehensive assessment of your current dental health condition.
Radiographs or Dental X-rays will be taken to verify the quality and quantity of your jawbones. In some cases, we may also need to take impressions and produce study models so we can further explore your oral structures from all possible angles. This will guide your dentist and oral surgeon to determine the optimal positions for the dental implants, which are usually the areas where there is adequate bone structure. Measurement of available bone height, width, and jaw relationship will also be taken, and prosthetic restorability will be assessed as well. In cases where there is deficiency along your jawbone structure, you will be provided with options in which your bones can be augmented to accommodate the dental implants. Your dentist may also suggest the use of specialized dental implant concepts which are specifically designed to accommodate extreme bone-loss conditions.
A review of your Medical and Dental History is also necessary to broaden our assessment of your overall mental and physical well-being to undergo the procedures involved. As with any medical treatment, the success of your implant surgery is determined by your body being as fit and healthy as possible. Active oral infections like gum disease or dental abscess may complicate the healing process and may as well increase the risks and complications involved during the treatment. Other decisive condition that your dentist or oral surgeon needs to know includes:
✓ Diabetic or Immuno-Suppressed Condition
✓ Previous Cancer Radiation or Chemotherapy
✓ Valve Replacement required by Cardiac Conditions
✓ Prior Joint Replacement or Bone Marrow Transplant Procedures
Following the Evaluation Stage, your dentist and oral surgeon will work hand-in-hand to complete your very own Treatment Plan which will be strictly implemented upon the onset of the procedures. It is vital that you communicate very well with your dentist during the Pre-Treatment Evaluation. Do not hesitate to voice out any questions or other significant details, no matter how small or big of a matter they may be. Your expectations of the treatment are also necessary as your dentist may determine if they’re reasonable or not. A mutual cooperation between you and your dentist will likely contribute to a profound Treatment Plan and substantiate the procedures to be as successful as possible, ensuring you of a long-term and predictable treatment. We look forward to serving you!
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