Dental implants: 5 Questions every patient should ask their dental implant specialist
Choosing a dental implant specialist is an important decision. Odds are you will only need to have such a procedure done a single time in your life. When faced with such an important once-in-a-lifetime decision, what factors should you consider? We have put together a short list of 5 questions that you should have answers on about your dental implant specialist before getting a dental implant treatment.
Experience and Training
1. What kind of specialized training on dental implants have you received?
At the top of the priority list for most patients is the expertise, education and training of the dental surgeon. Where did they receive their training, what specialty do they have, how many operations have they performed and what is their success rate?
The placement of dental implants is a somewhat complex procedure, that many times necessitates IV sedation and other forms of anaesthesia. Thus, you want to ensure you are in the safest hands possible. In addition, you want to make sure that your dental implant specialist is making use of the most up-to-date technologies available in oral surgery, which can drastically improve final results. Ideally the dentist that performs this treatment should be a dental implant specialist such as an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon (OMFS).
The dental team
On top of these, are the small details that give you a sense of the professionalism of the office. How responsive are the staff? Are they outgoing, comforting, and understanding? Such intangible details are not minor and can clue you in to the values of the clinic and the team.
Gathering all pertinent information on the treatment and process
2. What kind of procedure do you recommend I follow?
The process of choosing a treatment usually starts with getting a visual on the site that will be treated via the use of x-rays or CBCT scans. CBCT scans allow for a three-dimensional look into the jaw of the patient that exposes all nerves and dental roots around the site, for a heightened surgical precision.
After a thorough consultation you will likely be presented with a specific recommendation for the type of treatment that will best suit your needs. A good dental implant specialist is one that will consider a range of treatments before recommending that right one for you and will be able to answer why they believe it is best.
3. What is the reason I should go with the recommended procedure over other treatment options?
A dental implant specialist, such as a highly trained Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon must have your best interest at heart. The specialist should walk you through all the different options by communicating clearly all benefits, side effects, and how the surgery will go about. They will be upfront about what you can expect from pre-procedure preparation to the day of surgery, as well as the critical post-op recovery period.
Since having dental implants is a rare occurrence for most, oral surgeons understand that laying out as clear a picture of what to expect will go a long way in quelling any anxieties you may have.
As well, a quality practitioner will answer all your questions about side effects, risks, and odds for long-term success.
Searching online can provide each of us with general expectations regarding these matters but nothing will beat a tailored answer to your own situation received after a proper consultation of your case by a specialist.
4. Once I have decided on the treatment, what are the next steps?
Once presented the treatment option (or options) that match your situation, you’ll also want to consider some of the aspects of the procedure before deciding. What type of anesthesia will they use?
Depending on the type of dental implant being placed, the OMFS might decide to go with local anesthesia or in major cases, intravenous sedation.
5. Will I have teeth throughout the process? What are the steps in the process and who performs them?
Whether you have teeth during the whole process depends on whether it is a multi-faceted process requiring various visits. However, there are cases whereby a patient can have the whole procedure finished in one day.
At Seaforth Oral Surgery, the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons perform the surgery to place the implant within the gums, and either a restorative dentist creates the crown (Crown – A replacement tooth, custom made to match your natural teeth).
The Big Picture
Ultimately, you want to feel absolutely sure that your oral health in in good hands. Experience and training are the most telling signs you will be well taken care of but the willingness to share information, show compassion, and the reputation of the clinic are also important aspects to consider. Nothing can give you a better sense of these important criteria than having a consultation done, so do not hesitate to schedule a dental implant consultation with Seaforth Oral Surgery’s OMFS’ and get ready to ask all the questions you have. Remember that you do not require a referral from your dentist to schedule a consultation with our surgeons.