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5 QUESTIONS TO ASK DURING YOUR DENTAL IMPLANT CONSULTATION

Posted by Jack Fan Sep 17, 2021

Tooth loss is a common issue that affects millions of Americans across the country. It can make it difficult to complete daily tasks, like eating, speaking, and smiling with confidence. The good news is that you don’t need to go the rest of your life with gaps in your smile. Dental implants are an excellent tooth replacement option because they have so many unique benefits, like preventing bone loss. However, you want to be well informed about the procedure before committing. Here are some questions to ask your dentist during your initial consultation.

WHAT TYPE OF EXPERIENCE DO YOU HAVE?

You want to make sure that the doctor placing your implants knows what they’re doing. Ask them about their educational background, continuing education, and experience in placing dental implants in the past. You will be more confident knowing that they have completed the procedure successfully many times before.

IS THE ENTIRE PROCESS IN-HOUSE?

Every dentist has a different process when it comes to placing dental implants. Some complete the whole procedure while others will work with local specialists. By asking this, you can get a better idea of what you can expect when it comes time to get your implants.

HOW LONG DOES THE PROCESS TAKE?

This will completely depend on how many implants you are having placed and where they are located in the mouth. It can take up to an hour to place each implant, so it will ultimately take longer if you are getting multiple. After your implants are placed, you will need to wait for the osseointegration process to take place. Ask your dentist how long it will take from start to finish based on your individual case.

WHAT WILL RECOVERY BE LIKE?

Just like any other procedure, you will need to take it easy for a little while after the procedure, but what exactly does this consist of? When will you be able to return to work and enjoy tougher foods again? It pays to know these things so that the healing goes smoothly.

WHAT COSTS ARE INVOLVED?

You don’t want to end up with a bill that’s higher than you were expecting. Ask any questions related to insurance or other financial options if you are uninsured. This way, you won’t be leaving the office with unnecessary surprises.

Dental implants are great, but you want to be well-informed about the dentist and the procedure before committing to them. Start out with the questions listed above so you can make an educated decision about the future of your smile.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Jack Fan earned his dental doctorate from the New York University College of Dentistry and completed a one-year residency at the Long Island Jewish Hospital. He regularly attends continuing education programs to keep his knowledge and skills sharp. To learn more about dental implants or to schedule a consultation at his office in Austin, visit his website or call (512) 361-4288.

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