After much deliberation, you’ve decided to set an appointment with your dentist to talk about implants. You’ve done your research beforehand, and you’re familiar with the implant process, so is a consultation really necessary? Absolutely! This visit is crucial for several reasons, and one of them is that you get an opportunity to ask your dentist important questions. Read on to learn what questions you should bring up during your dental implant consultation.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Before you move forward with any treatment, you should know for sure that it’s a good match for you and your smile. Your dentist should conduct a thorough examination of your teeth and gums and take X-rays or a 3D image of your oral cavity. From these, your dentist can tell if you have enough jawbone to support the implant and if your mouth is healthy. Once you meet these basic requirements, you should be ready to start the implant process.
Do I Need Any Preliminary Procedures?
Perhaps in the initial exam, your dentist finds you have gum disease or your jawbone tissue isn’t dense enough for a dental implant. It’s okay! With some extra help, you can become qualified for these replacements after you’ve undergone preliminary treatment. In other words, even if you don’t make a good candidate for dental implants right away, you may still be able to get them in the future.
How Much Will Dental Implants Cost?
For many patients, cost is a major concern. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to find a reliable price estimate online for implant treatment because the pricing can vary on a case by case basis. Only after your dentist has become familiar with your individual needs can they provide you with an accurate cost. In addition, when you meet with your dentist, you can work with them to find a payment solution that works within your budget and makes treatment affordable.
How Much Implant Experience Do You Have?
Prior to starting, it’s beneficial to know how experienced your dentist is with this treatment. After all, it is a surgical procedure! You should want to make sure you’re working with an expert. For your convenience, you may want your dentist to have the advanced training and clinical experience to handle implant placement and restoration without needing to refer you to a specialist.
Although this consultation may seem like a formality at first glance, it is a great chance for you to get some answers to your questions and make a solid plan moving forward. Take advantage of this opportunity and ask your dentist these and any other questions you may have about implants so that you can feel confident in the next steps toward a complete smile.
About the Practice
Boyles General Dentistry has been serving Odessa and the surrounding community for several decades. Both Dr. Franklin Boyles and Dr. Stephen Boyles have achieved Mastership status with the Academy of General Dentistry. In the practice, they utilize some of the most advanced technology, including a CT cone beam scanner, which helps them plan more complex procedures like implant placement. If you would like to schedule a consultation for dental implants, you can contact Boyles General Dentistry online or by calling 432-366-0896.