5 must-ask questions before getting dental implants

Having a smile with a missing or loose tooth can surely reduce the quality of life for any given person, which is why it is important to consider the options to replace missing teeth. Indeed, one of the best options to replace missing teeth due to a number of advantages is getting dental implants.

Dental implants have the great benefit that unlike other options, this is the one that resembles the closest to a natural tooth, as well as providing strong bone health benefits.

In this article, we will address the top questions that patients should be asking their dentist before getting dental implant therapy.

Question 1: Am I candidate for dental implants?

As explained by Dr. Marc Shenouda in one of our previous blog post : Are you a candidate for dental implant therapy. “…The ability to place dental implants, even in the more complex cases, has tremendously increased.” “Via the use of non-invasive bone grafting, even patients with moderate to severe bone lost are now able to receive implant therapy in much simpler ways than before.”

While most healthy adult-aged patients are eligible, not everyone is an ideal candidate for dental implants.

What is most important is:

  • The state of your oral hygiene, particularly your gums
  • Having the adequate bone structure to support the implants
  • Other lifestyle factors or conditions, such as smoking or diabetes

Your dentist or Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon will be able to go into this question in much more depth about your particular situation. To set-up a consultation with one of our Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons to find out whether you are a candidate for dental implant therapy, get in contact with us.

Question 2: Are you an expert in dental implants?

This is an important question as there is a significant difference between dentists that have received training in dental implants, and a dental implant expert. As stated by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry “ it takes a skilled dental practitioner to provide a quality dental implant and experience.”[1]

The utmost trained dentists in dental implant therapy are Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons- who receive an extra five years of specialty training post their dental education. Get to know about our highly qualified Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons Dr. Antoine Chehade and Dr. Marc Shenouda

Question 3: What kind of anesthesia options do you offer? 

There are a number of sedation options to be used to place a dental implant. The Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon who will be placing the dental implant should present these options and discuss the one most appropriate for you. At Seaforth oral Surgery, we offer two kind anesthesia options, these are: local anesthesia and intravenous sedation. The selection of anaesthesia is usually determined by the level of complexity of the proposed surgery. Learn more about the sedation and anesthesia options provided at Seaforth Oral Surgery

Question 4: How long do dental implants last for?

Placed properly and maintaining an adequate oral hygiene, dental implants can last for a very long time. Current studies show us up to 95% survival rate of implants over 20 years. To find out more on how to maintain your dental implants, you can read our blog post: You just had your tooth replaced with a dental implant! What’s next? Or to learn about how much time an implant could last you can read our blog post on: Are dental implants for life?

Question 5: What is the success rate of dental implants?

Dental implants have become a very popular option to treat missing teeth given the advances in dental technology combined with the advantages of dental implant therapy that no other option can beat. As such, the success rate for dental implants has been historically at 95%. Dr. Antoine Chehade explains that a great deal of the success rate is subject to a suitable case selection and identification of risk factors prior to the placement of an implant. These are very important steps taken by your oral surgeon and dentist.

Whether you are at the stage of contemplating whether you are a suitable candidate for dental implants, or you would like to find out more about the procedure, don’t hesitate to contact-us and book your initial consultation with our specialists.

[1] “How to Choose a Dental Implant Expert | American Academy of Implant Dentistry.” Accessed June 8, 2016. http://www.aaid-implant.org/about-dental-implants/how-to-choose-a-dental-implant-expert/.

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