Dental implants are a significant financial investment. One that pays off, but an investment nonetheless.
As such, it’s important to be as knowledgeable as possible if you’re missing teeth in the Moreno Valley, CA, area and are looking for solutions.
So, where do you start? A consultation with the dentist helps, but many patients don’t know what to ask. Here are 10 questions to ask an implant dentist to help you decide if implants are best for you:
1. How do implants differ from other missing tooth solutions in Southern California?
Try to really understand the advantages of dental implants and how they compare to the pros and cons of other solutions like dentures and bridges. Dr. Reagan at North Heacock Dental will be able to let you know about implant information you need to know, such as bone loss, convenience and so forth.
2. What is your experience in placing implants?
Any general dentist is legally allowed to place an implant, so make sure your dentist has the proper training, experience and success placing implants. Dr. Reagan, for example, has years of experience successfully placing dental implants for happy Moreno Valley residents.
3. Am I a candidate for dental implants?
More and more people are candidates for dental implants, but you need a health mouth and enough bone to support them. Some patients who aren’t candidates for implants at other offices are candidates for them at our office, so keep that in mind as well.
4. How are you going to plan the procedure?
Will the dentist use 3D imaging? Surgical guides? Digital photography? Planning is one of the most important parts of the dental implant process.
5. What kind of materials are you going to use?
You want to make sure the materials used will:
- Be sturdy enough to last as a permanent solution.
- Be compatible with your body.
As such, you want to make sure you’re not allergic to any materials in the dental implant(s).
6. What steps are involved in the procedure?
Have the dentist break down all parts of the dental implant process so you have a good idea of what to expect. At our practice, we ensure all your questions are answered before we start.
7. Is the process be painful?
You should experience minimal or no pain during the procedure, especially with anesthetics. Many patients and dentist also prefer using sedation during dental implant procedures.
At North Heacock Dental, we want to give you peace of mind about making the right decision for your unique situation. If you’d like to know more about dental implants, contact us today!