Choosing the right dental implant dentist is very important, and it can make a difference in the costs of the procedure. Comparing the answers to these 8 questions will help you choose the professional who will provide you with your dental implants.
1. What kind of training did you receive?
The dentist you choose should have received specialized training, so you will know that the procedure will be performed properly and safely. Don’t hesitate to ask the dentist you are speaking with about their education and training concerning dental implants.
2. How many times have you performed this procedure?
You should also ask them how many times they have performed this procedure in the past. Installing dental implants is a complex procedure, and you should not trust a dentist who claims to only have done it once or twice in the last two years. You need an experienced professional.
3. Could I see before and after pictures of your previous patients?
Dental implant dentists should have pictures of some of their patients before and after the procedure, and they should be willing to show them to you so you can have a better idea of what you will look like with your dental implants.
4. Can you tell me more about the different steps of the procedure?
You need to ask questions about the procedure that will give you your new teeth, and the dentist should be able to explain you the different steps to be performed. Will you need bone grafting before getting your implants? What type of sedation will they use?
5. Will I be involved in choosing my new teeth?
Ideally, you want to be involved in the choice of your new teeth. Your dental implants will be in your mouth to complete your smile, so you’re the one who should have the last word concerning their shape and their shade.
6. Will I have to spend some time without teeth?
Ask your dentist if your dental implants will be installed in a day, or if you will have to wait some time before you can get them. If you will have to wait, ask how long you will be without teeth, and if you can wear dentures during that time.
7. What will be the total cost of my dental implants?
To know the total cost of your dental implants, you have to ask if all your implants are included in the price, and if there will be some additional fees for some steps of the procedure. If you need to travel to get your implants, ask if transportation and accommodations will be included or not.
8. How long will it take to recover after the procedure?
For most patients, the recovery time is quite short after they have received their implants. Ask the dentist to give you some details about the recovery, and about any pain, bleeding and swelling you might experience.