Have you been considering dental implants as a replacement for your missing teeth? Your journey to a new smile with dental implants will always begin with a personalized consultation with your implant dentist. This appointment is nothing to feel anxious about. It’s the perfect time to figure out if you feel comfortable in the office and confident in the dentist’s experience! In general, here’s what you can expect from your dental implant consultation:
1. Meet the Dentist and Team
No one wants to complete treatment from a team they don’t feel comfortable or safe around. At your consultation, you’ll be able to meet the dentist completing your surgery and his or her staff. Feel free to ask them as many questions as you’d like about the practice, their philosophy, and more! It’s important that you feel at ease with everyone involved in your treatment.
2. Discussion of Smile Goals
Your consultation is also the ideal time to discuss your smile goals and expectations for treatment with dental implants. This will also allow your dentist to review your medical and dental history. Don’t worry if you feel emotional during this discussion. Your dentist understands that missing teeth can cause embarrassment and anxiety and will make sure you don’t feel judged or nervous.
3. Evaluation and Diagnostics
You may also receive a preliminary evaluation and diagnostics during your consultation, including x-rays. Your dentist will examine your mouth as well as determine if you need more specialized treatment for specific oral health concerns, such as severe bone loss or gum disease. He or she may also develop a general treatment plan for your case, which will be unique to the number of teeth you are missing.
4. Questions and Answers
Don’t forget that your consultation is the best time to have all your questions answered! There’s no limit to the types of questions you can ask your dentist. The most common questions patients ask generally involve sedation options, treatment length, and dental implant cost, including payment options or third-party financing.
Schedule Your Consultation
Ready to schedule your consultation for dental implants? Schedule a consultation and evaluation in our Periodontal Office in Traverse City, MI with your local periodontist today.