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St. Paul Dentist Describes Dental Implant Exam

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Before any dental procedure can be performed, a thorough dental examination must be administered by a qualified dental professional. With respect to dental implants, dental professionals look for a specific set of indicators to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.

Visual Exam

First and foremost upon examination, we consider the condition of the bone where the dental implant is to be placed. Our Highland Park, MN Implant Dentist will conduct a visual exam of the jawbone and determine whether or not the intended area for the implant has adequate strength and density to support the implant.

Dental X-Rays

After we visually examine and measure the jawbone, x-rays will be taken. We may opt for a combination of a panoramic x-ray, which is a single x-ray that shows the jawbones and all teeth, and/or several individual x-rays.

Evaluation of Bone

We must determine if there is sufficient bone mass and if this bone is sufficiently dense enough to create a strong root structure for the dental implant fixture. We evaluate the bone by considering its shape, that is both the width and height of the bone. It is possible that we may determine that the bone in the region of the planned implant is inadequate.This type of bone deficiency can result from bone resorption (bone loss) in areas of the jawbone where teeth were previously extracted, and is particularly more common where multiple teeth may have been extracted.

Other Considerations

As your examination proceeds, your implant dentist will look for other potential complications.  Examples of such complications might be the location of sinuses, nerves, blood vessels, and the roots of adjacent teeth that may hinder the implant area. The dentist will also want to note that the gum tissue in the area is healthy and free of periodontitis and other gum diseases.

Our Highland Park St. Paul Dental Care office is here to answer your questions and assess your situation to see if you would be a good candidate for dental implants. Contact us today!


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