The successful therapeutic outcome starts with a well-organized treatment plan. An initial appointment is needed for examination and history taking, x-rays (panoramic) and special computed tomography (CBCT) to estimate the amount of bone present in the jaws.
Most of the time the implantation procedure is performed with local anesthesia, while in more complicated cases (eg bone grafts placement) general anesthesia may be needed. Also, general anesthesia may be chosen by the patient if he or she wishes to sleep during the procedure.
- Α Medical Status: If you can get a regular dental treatment then you can generally undergo implant placement. Even patients with chronic conditions (hypertension, diabetes mellitus) are generally good candidates for implant placement.
- Inflammatory gums or problem teeth: Almost all implants were placed in patients who lost their teeth due to periodontitis or caries.
- Patients who have partial or complete dentures: Implants can replace removable prosthetic or stabilize existing ones.
- Smoking: Although smoking reduces the chances of implants being successful, it is not a contraindication for implant placement.
- Bone loss: Bone loss is common in people who have lost their teeth or have periodontal disease. The maxillofacial surgeon may use bone grafts to ensure the safety of the implants.
Implantation in children is usually done after the development of the jaws. However, there are cases that need to be placed, such as in cases of tooth movement during orthodontic treatment.