3 Questions You May Want to Ask at a Dental Implant Consultation

April 10, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — kentfamily @ 8:49 pm
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If you’ve been looking into ways to replace missing teeth, you’ve probably heard the many merits of dental implants. They’re durable, realistic, and provide you with a much stronger bite than other tooth replacement options.

If you have a dental implant consultation coming up, that would be the opportunity to get a better understanding of what the procedure could offer you, and what getting it demands. Here are some questions you may want to ask at your cosmetic dental consultation.

Do I Need to Do Something First?

When getting dental implants, there may be some procedures you need to have done beforehand. For example, depending on how long you’ve been missing a tooth, you may have developed pretty substantial bone loss in your jaw. As a result, you may not have enough bone left to support a dental implant.

In this situation, your dentist may need to perform a bone graft before you can get a dental implant. Bone grafts tend to be very safe, so this shouldn’t steer you away from the implant procedure.

How Long Will the Process Take?

There are many steps to the process of getting dental implants, including not just the procedure itself but aftercare as well. How long this process will take depends on several factors, including any pre-existing conditions that you’re dealing with.

By talking in detail with a professional about your unique situation, you should be able to get a solid idea about how long it will take before you can get the surgery, and how long recovery will take afterward.

What Risks Are Involved?

Dental implants are remarkably reliable, with 95% of them enduring for over 20 years if maintained properly. However, there are some potential risks involved with the procedure.

The largest one is an infection, where bacteria can slip under the gumline and begin to attack the jawbone, potentially resulting in implant loss.

This style of infection is considerably more likely the longer healing takes, so if you have diabetes or are on immunosuppressants, it’s worth talking with your dentist about these risks at your consultation.

Of course, there’s always more that you can ask if you’re curious; no matter what you’re wondering, your dentist will be happy to advise you in any way that you would like.

About Our Practice

At Complete Dental Care, we work hard to make the process of getting high-quality dental care as easy as possible. We work hard to ensure that your family can get the oral healthcare that they need and that every aspect of it is not only stress-free, but actually enjoyable! No matter who you are or what you’re looking for, we’re excited to get to know you on a personal level.

If you have any questions about how best to handle a dental implant consultation, we can be reached at our website. You can also call our Kent, WA location at (253) 854-2714.

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