Dental implants are no longer the feared and poor-reputation procedure it used to be. Today, it is a much simpler and faster process. Before you get dental implants, there are some things that you should know and consider. The procedure of placing dental implants have become very successful with great results.
What should you know?
A general dentist can do the procedure. Many people believe that dental implants should only be done by oral surgeons, but this is no longer necessary. General dentists can also receive the proper training and become competent with this procedure. Ask your dentist whether he or she can do the procedure before you approach someone else.
It should not be a lengthy process. Before your dentist actually does the implants, there should be a consultation of some sort. Not everyone is equally suited to receive implants and the dentist must find out about your medical history and current health situation. After this initial consultation, placing the implants should not take longer than an hour.
It is less painful than you think. According to the experts, pulling a tooth is much more painful than getting an implant. The process is done precisely and with a machine. It goes faster than you expect and there is a short recovery period.
It can be a great opportunity. Dental implants are by far the best option when you want to replace a tooth. Dentures and bridges are nowhere near as effective and long-lasting as dental implants. The implant becomes part of the bone and is made to look like an actual tooth.
Dental implants are expensive. It is true that dental implants are one of the more expensive options, but in the long run, it will save you money. Other solutions to missing teeth require follow-up treatments, refitting, etc. You don’t need any of that with implants.
What should you ask?
What type of qualifications do you have? You should be sure that the dentist you choose is qualified and licensed to do implants. You don’t want someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing.
How long have you been doing implants? Along with that, you should also ask how many implants the dentist has done and how many were successful. This will give you an indication of their experience level and whether they are well-practiced with the procedure.
What is the process? Any good dentist will first want to do a consultation to examine your teeth and also find out if you are a good candidate for implants. Your medical history and current health condition could play a role and it is important that he or she ask about that. If the process they explain does include such a consultation or anything else sounds off, you should find someone else.
These basic considerations will help you decide whether dental implants are the right thing for you and also help you to decide on the right dentist. You can find more information about cosmetic dentistry in our archives and on our HELPFUL LINKS page.