This book, written specifically for patients, provides accurate, up-to-date information on dental implants in a language patients can understand. It walks them through the basic biology of implants, the complexities and risks, and the realities of living with dental implants immediately after surgery and in the long term. The goal is to empower patients to understand their clinical situation and the options presented to them so they can make an informed decision knowing all the risks and benefits. In reading this book, your patient will learn the techniques used to build bone and gingiva to make their smile look natural; how restoring their missing teeth can improve their health, self-esteem, and quality of life; the risk factors associated with implants and the importance of aftercare; how to maintain the long-term health and natural appearance of their dental implants; and the warning signs to watch for that something might not be right. This is the book to have in your waiting room if you want to encourage your patients to consider dental implants.
Chapter 1. Why Putting a Smile on Your Face Puts a Smile on Ours
Chapter 2. Mind, Body, and Mouth: The Benefits of Restoring Your Teeth
Chapter 3. The Basics: Q and A
Chapter 4. Are Dental Implants as Great as They Are Marketed to Be?
Chapter 5. Understanding Augmentation: Bone
Chapter 6. Understanding Augmentation: Gums
Chapter 7. Failing Implants
Chapter 8. Recovering from Disease or Trauma
Chapter 9. Ensuring the Success of Your Implants