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By North Park Family Dentistry
February 11, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

If a missing tooth is the problem, dental implants are the best answer in most cases. Some patients are a bit nervous about getting tooth implants, but the procedure is actually very straightforward. Here is some basic information for how to prepare for your dental implant appointments with Tyler Myers, DMD, a Columbus area dentist that patients trust.Dental Implants

Dental Implantation
Getting a dental implant is an in-office surgical procedure that usually takes about an hour or two to complete. Two appointments are required—the first is to insert a titanium metal appliance that resembles a rooted tooth abutment into the jaw bone and the second is to apply an artificial tooth (crown) to the abutment. When the procedure is complete the newly implanted tooth looks and performs just like your other teeth—sometimes even better.

Preparing for the Implant Appointment
At the first dental implant appointment (after your initial evaluation and exam is completed) you will be sedated to minimize discomfort. Sedation options include novocaine, oral sedation and IV anesthesia. Discuss these options with your Columbus dentist in advance of your dental implants procedure—you may have to bring a friend along with you to the appointment. At the visit you will lay back in the dentist’s chair and relax while the dentist installs the implant. Afterwards, it’s important that follow every after-care instruction provided by your dentist to ensure proper healing.

Preparing for Your Final Appointment
In the time leading up to your final dental implants appointment, you will have to take very good care of your mouth to ensure that the implant heals quickly and completely. You must keep your mouth clean with gentle brushing and saltwater rinses. Consume a healthier diet of mostly fruits and vegetables to help hasten healing. At your final appointment, which will likely happen two or more months later, the dentist will examine the implant and place the permanent crown on top if it’s ready.

Your First Appointment with Dr. Myers
The very first appointment you’ll need to make for dental implants is to consult with Dr. Tyler Myers and get a general checkup. Call (706) 507-0606 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Myers at his Columbus dentist office. His practice is committed to providing patients with “uncompromising quality and extraordinary 5-star service.