Let’s say you’re considering dental implants. Based on what you’ve heard, these replacement teeth could do a good job restoring your smile! However, you want more information before making a final decision. What should you do? Well, the best option is to ask the dentist some relevant pre-treatment questions. That way, you can decide whether implants are right for you. As for what to bring up, your dental practice can help. Here are four good questions to ask at your upcoming dental implant consultation.
“What Experience Do You Have with Dental Implants?”
It’s a good idea to ask your dental team about their experience and training with implants. By doing so, you can ensure you’ll get quality care. Ideally, your dentist will answer with details about their implant track record, qualifications, and related material.
As you learn about your dentist’s background, ensure they’re a board-certified periodontist or oral surgery professional. Plus, look for membership in the ICOI. If they mention both, you can be confident that you’ll be in excellent hands.
“How Long Does the Process Take?”
Your dentist will likely tell you that it takes up to an hour to place each implant. For that reason, you may need several dental visits if multiple teeth are replaced.
Once the implants are placed, you’ll need to wait a couple of months for osseointegration. This refers to the process where the implant and bone fuse together to provide a sturdy root system for your new tooth.
“What Should I Expect from Recovery?”
You wouldn’t want to be blindsided by the treatment’s after-effects, right? That said, you should ask your dentist about what recovery from implant placement looks like.
Generally, it’s best to have treatment at the end of the week so you can recover over the weekend. You’ll be dealing with sensitive gums for a few days, so your condition could interfere with work.
Your dentist may also mention a few things you can do to speed up recovery. For instance, they might recommend using ice and ibuprofen to reduce swelling around the implant.
“What Costs and Financing Options are Involved?”
It’s crucial to ask the dentist about treatment costs. After all, you can’t get implants if you can’t afford them!
In most cases, companies will cover the exams and X-rays ahead of the procedure. The closing price will also include implant placement as well as the creation and placement of the crown. Given these factors, consult your dentist about flexible financing options to make implants less expensive.
If you ask questions like those above, you’ll be in a much better place to decide for or against treatment. That said, remember to mention them at the dental implant consultation!
About the Practice
Beverly Farms Dental is based in Beverly, MA. As led by Drs. Blake, Staniek, and Lau, the practice aims to give each patient an extremely high level of care. To that end, its staff performs great preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, not to mention emergency care. Whether you need teeth cleaning, teeth whitening, a denture, or an implant, Beverly Farms will deliver. For more information or to book an appointment, you can reach them on their website or by phone at (978)-927-3515.