Preparing Your Mouth for Dental Implants
If you live with tooth loss, you’ve most likely felt embarrassed at one time or another. While it can affect your confidence and self-esteem, it can also be detrimental to your health. Luckily, dental implants are the healthiest tooth-replacement option on the market for anyone who’s missing teeth due to trauma or decay.
Thankfully, dental implants are becoming available to more patients each day, but that doesn’t mean your mouth is immediately ready for them. For example, if your gums aren’t healthy enough to protect a dental implant, Dr. Alfano may recommend gum grafting before implant placement.
Furthermore, Dr. Alfano may suggest only one treatment or multiple. At Balboa Island Dentistry, we’re proud to offer a variety of supplemental procedures that will get your mouth ready so you can maximize the benefits you receive from dental implants.
In some situations, a patient might have a tooth that’s damaged from decay or trauma and isn’t salvageable. In these cases, a supplemental treatment called tooth extraction is necessary before you can begin the dental implant process.
Simply put, tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth. This procedure is minimally-invasive, and Dr. Alfano can complete it right here in our office.
Once the extraction is complete, you may experience some discomfort—pain, swelling, and bleeding. However, these symptoms should only last a few days. If after 1-2 weeks these are still present, contact Dr. Alfano, this might be a sign of surgical complications or infection.
Bone grafting is a minimally-intrusive procedure that stimulates the growth of healthy bone mass in your jaw. For this supplemental treatment, Dr. Alfano will remove a small piece of bone tissue from another area of your body, such as the hip, rib, chin, or wrist. Then, he’ll attach it to the area of your jawbone where the implant will sit.
Encompassed in bone grafting are other forms of supplemental treatments that can benefit your dental implants, including sinus augmentations and ridge modifications.
We’ll Get You Ready for Implants
If you’re interested in dental implants and require supplemental treatment before Dr. Alfano can place them, contact our office at 949-630-0972. He and the rest of our staff can answer any questions you have, and they’ll get you on the path toward your dental implant treatment.