The planning process for dental implants may involve a variety of specialists, including a doctor who specializes in conditions of the mouth, jaw, and face (oral and maxillofacial surgeon), a dentist specializing in treating structures that support the teeth, such as gums and bones (periodontist) and a dentist who designs and fits artificial teeth (prosthodontist).
Because dental implants require one or more surgical procedures, you must have a thorough evaluation to prepare for the process, including a:
Comprehensive pre-surgical dental examination and planning. You may have dental X-rays, CBCT scans, and 3D images taken and have models made of your teeth and jaw for proper bone quantity and quality assessment.
Review of your medical history. Tell your doctor about any medical conditions and
Any medications you take, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs and supplements. If you have certain heart conditions or orthopedic implants, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics before surgery to help prevent infection.
Treatment plan. Tailored to your situation, this plan considers factors such as how many teeth need to be replaced and the condition of your jawbone and remaining teeth.