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Ask These 5 Questions During Your Dental Implant Consultation

April 17, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — e_anderson @ 6:53 pm
Dentist and patient conversing during dental implant consultation

If you are thinking about getting dental implants, the first step on your treatment journey will be a consultation with your dentist. During this appointment, your dental team will examine your mouth and start planning the details of your procedure. They will also take some time to answer your questions. What questions should you ask? Here are a few ideas to help you start making your list:

What Are the Pros and Cons of Dental Implants?

All it takes is a quick internet search to discover the many benefits of dental implants, such as their stability, longevity, and strength. However, just like any major procedure, they also have a few downsides. For example, the treatment process can be lengthy in some cases, and some patients have risk factors that can complicate the procedure. Be sure to ask about such things so you can make a well-informed decision about whether implants are right for you. (For the vast majority of patients, the pros of dental implants far outweigh the cons.)

How Qualified Are You to Perform Dental Implant Treatment?

Many dental practices offer dental implants, but not all dentists have the same level of training and experience. Do not hesitate to ask if your dentist has completed extra training in various aspects of dental implant care. You can also ask what types of technology they use to make the treatment as low-risk as possible.

How Long Will the Procedure Take?

The total treatment timeline for dental implants can vary from person to person. Usually, it takes at least a few months. For patients who need extra procedures (such as a bone graft), the total process may take a year or longer. Asking your dentist for a timeline estimate can mentally prepare you for the road ahead and give you a rough “finish line” to look forward to.

How Much Will My Treatment Cost?

Dental implants are an excellent monetary value, but they do have a higher upfront cost than traditional forms of tooth replacement. Ask your dental team for a personalized estimate for the price of each stage of your treatment. You can also ask if they offer financing or other provisions that can help you manage the cost of your care. What you learn can help you prepare your budget to accommodate your new smile.

What Are the Chances that My Procedure Will Be Successful?

The overall success rate of dental implants is more than 95%, so there is no need to be worried that something will go wrong with your procedure. However, dental implant failure does occur in rare cases. Ask your dentist if you have any significant risk factors for dental implant failure, and ask what steps you can take to minimize your risk. For example, you may be advised to quit smoking or make some adjustments to your eating habits.

Asking the right questions during your dental implant consultation can help you approach your treatment with confidence!

Meet the Practice

The team at Anderson Family Dental by Espire is proud to offer start-to-finish dental implant care in our state-of-the-art practice. Dr. Anderson has even completed advanced implant training at the prestigious Misch Institute. Our team enjoys talking to patients and answering their questions. To learn how we may be able to help you rebuild your missing teeth, contact our Colorado Springs office at 719-593-0988.

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