Before your dental implant procedure, Dr. Wilcox will perform a comprehensive dental exam in order to establish your personal treatment plan. This involves creating a digital 3D map of your jaw and teeth using our advanced 3D Cone Beam computer imaging technology. Using the digital image that we create, Dr. Wilcox will locate key structures – such as sinuses and nerves – along with the exact shape, density, and position of your jawbone. This enables us to identify the best location for your dental implant(s). Our Phoenix dental implants team will then analyze the data collected during the imaging process to:
- Select the best implant device
- Develop a precise guide for your dental implant surgery
- Let you preview how your smile will look after dental implant surgery
If you are a smoker, we will ask you to quit for a certain length of time before your dental implant procedure, and to abstain during your recovery process. Smoking can directly interfere with healing, and will put you at risk of implant failure. If you have further questions about preparing for dental implant surgery, please contact Desert Smiles today to schedule an initial consultation. We serve patients throughout Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Glendale, Arizona.