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Clarkson Dental Group
1748 Clarkson Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63017

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Dental Implants

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At Clarkson Dental Group, we believe that the better informed our patients are, the better they can make good decisions about their oral health.

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about dentistry and oral health issues. If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, we would love to hear from you.

Dental Implants

In most cases, dental bone grafts are one of most predictable and successful procedures in implant dentistry. It is possible to see incomplete bone integration as a result of the bone graft  procedure. If you’re a candidate, additional grafting may be indicated to provide the optimal foundation for your new implant. The dental bone grafts will typically fail due to infection, smoking, and/or health conditions such as: uncontrolled diabetes and immune compromised ailments.

Yes. The utilization of a CBCT (cone beam computed tomography) allows real time anatomical accuracy for diagnosing, precise planning, locating vital anatomical structures, and delivering the unsurpassed healthy dental implant you desire. Its utilization dramatically decreases surgery time and increases your dental implant success.

Our office works with you to ensure a quick and full recovery as soon as possible. This can be expedited by following all post-operative directions and care to include taking prescribed antibiotics and analgesics, maintaining diligent oral health care by carefully brushing and keeping area clean, and rest at home. Of greatest importance, is to not disrupt the surgical area and allow for it to heal. Absolutely refrain from the following: smoking, spitting, strenuous activity, or sucking through a straw for the first 24 hours after your dental implant placement.

Considering your individual surgery, we typically advise allowing the numbness to subside before eating at the site of the dental implant placement. To minimize post-operative discomfort, we advise a soft-food diet for the 24 hours after surgery. This includes yogurt, ice cream, soup, jello, applesauce, etc.

To ensure your complete comfort and optimal care, we’ll usually allow for approximately an hour or two for the dental implant placement. Typically, our patients are allowed to heal for 3-4 months after the dental implant placement prior to their custom crown placement.

Osseointegration is the term used to describe the dental implants successful fusion to your natural bone. This process can take 3 – 6 months after dental implant placement to successfully complete.

Many of our patients report minimal to zero discomfort after their dental implant placement when IV Moderate Sedation is utilized for their procedure. In most cases, our patients may experience minimal discomfort and swelling at the implant site for a 5-7 days after surgery. This may be managed with pain medication and at home post-operative care.

Our ultimate goal is to create your custom dental implant to make it look and feel like your natural tooth.  It will fit seamlessly to match your smile since it closely mimics the beauty, form, and function of your real teeth.

We begin the creation of your custom crown within 4 months of having your implant placed and full healing of the dental implant is observed.

Just like our natural teeth, dental implants need to be regularly maintained with both home care and routine evaluation/cleaning by your dental professional. For all medical and dental  surgeries, there are potential complications or side effects that can occur. The risks may include infection and/or nerve injury at the site of the dental implant placement. However, when a qualified dental professional performs the dental implant procedure, it considered one of the most predictable and safest procedures in dentistry.

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