Evaluations and Screenings
Dental implants are considered the gold standard in restorative treatment. In order to provide the best possible care, a detailed consultation will be conducted before planning your treatment. At your initial visit, Dr. Meek or Dr. Tasch will perform a series of examinations and tests to determine which option is right for you.
X-Rays and CT Scans
Radiographs are one of the most useful diagnostic tools available. Computerized tomography (CT) scans are an advanced imaging method which provides additional, detailed information on your health.
As with any surgical procedure, it is vitally important to review the history of your dental and overall health.
In order for implants to be successful, you must have a sufficient amount of dense, healthy bone in the jaw. Taking x-rays and scans of your teeth and surrounding structures will allow your doctor to assess your bone density and thickness, and determine optimal locations for the placement of your dental implants. These tests will also help determine if bone grafting will be necessary to first strengthen any areas.
Review of Medical History
As with any surgical procedure, it is vitally important to review the history of your dental and overall health. This will help determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants, or if any special precautions should be taken during treatment.
An overall oral assessment will be performed to make sure your teeth are free from decay or other damage that requires restorative care. Your gums will be assessed to make sure you do not have more pressing issues, such as gum disease or recession. Because infection can spread in the mouth, it can also extend to a dental implant, resulting in an abscess or implant failure. Good periodontal health is a necessity before proceeding with dental implant surgery.