Santa Cruz is a city known for its deep tans and California smiles. Santa Cruz dental implants are becoming a popular alternative to dentures, for people looking to improve their smile. You may have heard about dental implants from a friend or your dentist. Before you get your assessment, there are three important questions to ask. These questions cover the basics for a healthy transplant and a safe surgery.
1. What are the odds my body will reject the implant
The first and most important question to ask your dentist is whether your body can handle the implant. The titanium alloy used to make the screws is actually very rare. Because of this, allergies to the alloy are likewise very rare but can happen. If you haven’t had contact with the metal before, there’s no way to know for sure if your body will reject the implant. However, if you have certain allergies the dentist can tell you that it’s more likely that you’ll have a reaction compared to other people. Likewise, if you already have titanium alloys in your body from other surgeries, your dentist can tell you if that’s enough to show that you probably won’t have a reaction to the implant.
2. Are my gums and bone structure healthy enough for an implant
This next question is equally important. Your dentist will need to examine your teeth and gums to verify if you are a good candidate for a dental implant. You need to have a strong bone structure and healthy gums before the implant will take.
If your teeth and gums are not currently in the best condition to receive an implant, ask your Santa Cruz dental implant specialist what steps to take in order to get there. In general, brushing and flossing is the best way to help your gums improve. If you’ve been taking only average care of your teeth, your Santa Cruz dental implant specialist may need to see a certain amount of improvement from your gums before they clear you for surgery.
3. Will any of my medications complicate the procedure
Be sure you disclose any medications you are taking, to your dentist, at each visit. Even still, take special care to mention all of your medications at your evaluation and ask if any of them pose a problem. Some medications that increase bleeding, for example, also increase the risk associated with the procedure. You may have to work something out between your medical needs and your dental needs so that you either find an alternative to dental implants or find an alternative treatment that will allow you to have your surgery without risk.
Don’t waste time.
Be sure to ask your Santa Cruz dental specialist, Dr. Peabody, these three questions. Making sure your teeth and gums are healthy and compatible with implants is an important step. In addition, let your specialist know if you have any allergies or are taking any medications, as these are factors in determining whether you are a good candidate for implants. If you find that you are an excellent candidate for implants, contact Dr. Peabody, your Santa Cruz dental implant specialist and get started on the road to an attractive smile!
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