Dental Implant Inquiries: 3 Questions to Ask at Your Consultation

March 4, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — smilesrus @ 5:23 pm
Dentist explaining dental implants to woman with brown hair

Did you know that many experts consider dental implants to be the gold standard of tooth restoration? They’re the only option that includes a support rod that’s inserted directly into your jaw which allows them to provide unique advantages. They keep your jawbone healthy so that you’re less likely to suffer additional tooth loss. That means they maintain the structure of your face as well as your oral well-being.

Before you can proceed with this treatment, however, you must have a consultation with your dentist. They’ll take this opportunity to cover your medical history, examine your mouth, and verify that you’re a good candidate for the procedure. It’s also a great time for you to pose any questions you may have, too. Keep reading to learn about 3 things you should know before moving forward with dental implants!

Question #1: What Is Your Experience with Dental Implants?

You might worry that you’ll offend your provider by requesting details about their qualifications, but it’s important so that you can trust that you’re in good hands. Most dentists are happy to share information about their education and whether they’ve had specific training in this area. You can also ask how long they’ve been providing this service or how long they’ve been doing it. You’re more likely to have a successful procedure with someone well-versed in the specifics than someone who has only done it a few times.

Question #2: Am I A Good Candidate?

Before you can have dental implants placed, your dentist needs to verify that your mouth is in good condition. If there are signs of tooth decay or gum disease, they’ll need to work with you to clear these issues up, first, because they can contribute to implant failure. Also, they’ll need to confirm that you have the jawbone density required to support them. If you don’t, there’s still hope. In many cases, a bone graft can sufficiently bulk up your jaw.

Question #3: What Is the Expected Outcome?

You’ll want to know what the anticipated results will be before you decide to move forward so that there aren’t any surprises after the fact. You can inquire about the final look and feel of your restoration, whether there are specific post-op instructions to follow, and how long recovery usually takes. You can even ask for before and after photos to get a real-life idea of what your smile will look like once the procedure is complete.

An honest conversation with your provider ensures that you’re both on the same page and agree that dental implants are the right solution for you.

About the Author

Dr. Anthony Dillard has more than a decade of experience providing patients with a full range of high-quality services to improve their oral health, including dental implants. He spent his undergraduate years at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of North Texas, and then pursued his dental doctorate at Baylor College of Dentistry. He takes the time to get to know your unique needs and build individualized treatment plans to meet them. Then, he uses advanced technology (like digital X-rays and impressions) to enhance patient comfort while improving accuracy. If you’d like to schedule a consultation, you’re welcome to request an appointment on the website or by calling (972) 394-1492.

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