What are your qualifications?
Don’t be embarrassed about asking this! Professional dentists are more than happy to explain their qualifications and training. Ideally, you’re looking for someone who has specialised in dental implants – ask where they trained and how long for. Most dentists are not taught how to do dental implants as part of regular dental training. Alarm bells should start ringing if you don’t get clear answers to these questions.
How much will my treatment cost?
Your dentist should be transparent about all the costs involved in your treatment. The price of implant dentistry really can vary depending on your course of treatment so make sure you get a detailed description of your treatment plan and a breakdown of the costs. Ask for this information in writing so you can take the time to read it carefully and check if all the potential costs have been included. Things to look out for are consultation time, scans and x-rays, bone augmentation, temporary teeth and sedation.
Can I pay in installments?
Some surgeries will offer a range of payment plans to help you spread the cost of your treatment. Be sure to check the terms and conditions of payment before you begin your treatment.
Who will be treating me?
Now this might seem like an obvious question but it’s always worth asking so you know who will be treating you during each stage of your treatment plan. If for any reason you’d rather be seen by a different dentist make sure you’re clear about this. A good surgery will be concerned about each patient as an individual and will strive to optimise patient care.
How long will my treatment last?
After your initial assessment, your dentist should be able to give you a detailed treatment plan and a timeframe for when the work will be carried out. If time is of the essence then you may want to ask about ‘Instant Same Day Teeth’ which if suitable for you can be implanted the same day.
Are dental implants suitable for me?
Dental implants can be used to treat broken, damaged, missing or discoloured teeth. They are suitable for most patients and your implant dentist will be able to discuss your treatment options with you after a consultation.
I’m a very anxious patient, is this going to hurt?
You should always be honest with your dentist. If you get anxious at the thought of dental treatment, then tell your dentist what you are worried about. A good dentist will have different strategies for alleviating anxiety. You certainly won’t be the first person to feel anxious in a dental surgery so don’t feel silly talking about it. Your dentist can then talk you through each stage of the process and hopefully put you at ease. A local anaesthetic will be used for the procedure so you won’t feel any pain and you can also discuss sedation which many surgeries offer.
How do I care for my dental implants?
The key to long-term success with dental implants is excellent oral health. You should be given aftercare instructions from your dentist but essentially cleaning your implants is very similar to cleaning normal teeth. Ongoing check-ups with your dentist and hygiene appointments are important to maintain healthy implants and ask if your implant dentist offers annual x-rays to monitor your implants.
How many dental implants do you place a year?
This will give you a good idea of how knowledgeable your implant dentist is. You should ideally be looking for a dentist who specialises in implants as they will have much more experience in both complex and easier cases.
Has your dental surgery won any awards?
Another good indicator of the calibre of the surgery. Don’t be fooled by impressive interior design and plasma screens — is the surgery actually any good at dental implants? Look out for industry specific awards or ask if any members of the team have won any awards recently.
Whether it’s a single tooth replacement, a whole new smile or an emergency procedure that you’re looking for make sure you do your homework and are happy with the surgery that you choose.
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