For a patient that is missing one or more teeth, or a patient that is losing teeth, dental implants can be a great treatment alternative that will leave you looking and feeling good. Dental implants are the closest a patient can get to brand new natural teeth.
The process of removing an old tooth and replacing it with artificial one may have you assuming that it needs to be done by an oral surgeon. This is not necessarily the correct answer. Below we’ve provided a few questions that you should be asking before you undergo the process of getting dental implants.
1. What training have you undergone?
While some dentists go through a weekend course for dental implant training, there are several specialists, such as prosthodontists, who are required to go through extensive training to ensure a thorough knowledge and practice of dental implants and other intricate procedures.
2. What is your success rate with the dental implants you have provided?
There should be at least a 95% success rate for dental implants your specialist has been responsible for.
3. How long have you been performing this specific procedure?
As with anything, putting training into practice is what helps make for better results. A proven track record is a highly-recommended requirement for your checklist.
4. How long will this procedure take from start to finish?
The procedure should take no longer than 60 minutes.
5. What will be the follow-up process?
Depending on your specific situation, your specialist may complete the entire process in one day, or they might stagger it out over the course of a few months.
While each scenario is specific to the person, you still want to ensure that you are providing yourself with the best opportunity to have a successful procedure. Our specialists take the time to ensure that each patient is fully aware of their options, and given accurate and timely recommendations.