To plan the most suitable treatment certain information is helpful- for example photographs, x-rays, models of your teeth and jaws. In some circumstances, a more comprehensive three-dimensional x-ray evaluation using a CT scan may be requested to give greater detail of the shape of your jaws.
Tooth implantation survives best in a healthy environment. Any tooth decay or gum problems need to be corrected before implants are placed to give them the best chance of success. Sometimes treatment is needed before you are ready for implants.
Thorough daily cleaning is as important with implants as it is with teeth.
Regular maintenance check ups may be recommended three, four or six monthly. In most cases review appointments will be more frequent during the first year that the implants are in function. Regular check-ups are every bit as important as they are with natural teeth, if not more so!
Both smoking and heavy alcohol consumption reduce the survival of implants and teeth. If you think that either of these two habits could be a problem for you, then you need to discuss this with your dentist.
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