If you’re ready to treat your tooth loss for good, dental implants are the solution for you. A dental implant is unlike any other treatment because it’s the only method to recreate both the root and the crown. With over a 95% success rate, they are proven to last for 30 years or longer with the right care. Visiting your dentist is your first step toward a complete smile. Here’s what you can expect your dental implant consultation to look like.
Importance of a Dental Implant Consultation
Most patients with good oral and general health are candidates for dental implants; however, you’ll require a thorough consultation to ensure they are right for you. Your dentist will look for anything concerning that may complicate your procedure. They’ll also use the time to create a personalized treatment plan to restore your smile. Your initial consultation will include:
Your dentist will perform a visual examination to assess your teeth, gums, and oral structures. They’ll look for any concerns that may need addressing before your placement surgery, like gum disease.
Your dental team will take the time to learn more about your medical history, including any OTC or prescribed medications. Certain health issues and medications can increase your risk of complications, so you may require a few precautions to ensure the success of your procedure.
Your dentist will review X-rays and a CT scan of your mouth and oral structures to assess your jawbone and look for any issues that may be hiding below the surface, like infections. Based on their findings, you may need a little prep work, like bone grafting.
The images will be used for treatment planning. It allows your implant dentist to pinpoint the exact locations to insert your posts. This removes the guesswork from the process to support the overall success of your dental implants.
Your dentist will discuss your treatment options and explain what you can expect on the road ahead. They’ll review key aspects of the dental implant process, including:
- How long the process will take
- How many appointments you’ll need
- Your options for anesthesia and sedation
- Recovery time
- Aftercare instructions
- Cost and payment options
Your consultation isn’t just a time for your dentist to learn more about you. It’s also an opportunity to find out more about your implant dentist. Feel free to discuss any questions or concerns you might have. Your dental team will give you the information you need to make the best decisions to treat your tooth loss. You’ll have the peace of mind you need during your journey to a complete, beautiful smile.
About Dr. Stephen Dean
Dr. Dean earned his dental degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and has regularly pursued continuing education in advanced procedures, like dental implants. He is a Fellow of the International Dental Implant Association and many other professional organizations. Request an appointment through our website or call (470) 441-8475 to schedule your dental implant consultation.