Are you ready to replace your missing teeth permanently? That’s great! Your dental implant consultation is your first step toward a complete smile, but they are a big commitment. Don’t trust your new smile to just anyone. Here are 5 important questions to ask during your consultation to make the best choice for your investment.
1. What are your qualifications and experience?
The long-term success of dental implants relies on a qualified dentist. Although several dental practices offer the service, not all have completed advanced training in the specialty. Learn more about the dentist’s training and qualifications to ensure they have the skills and experience necessary to treat your tooth loss successfully.
2. Can you perform the entire process in-house?
Replicating a tooth with a dental implant requires a multi-phased process. If a dentist doesn’t have the qualifications to perform each step of the treatment, you can be referred to another location for certain parts of your plan, like the implant surgery. Choose a dentist who can perform the entire process in-house to save time and money while benefiting from one amazing dental team.
3. How much is it going to cost?
Every smile is unique, so there’s not a flat rate for dental implants. After examining your mouth, your dentist will create a personalized plan and discuss your estimate. Although everyone likes to save money, don’t pinchpennies when it comes to dental implants. You’ll find discounted materials, but you get what you pay for. Instead of focusing on the price tag, choose high-quality materials to ensure your investment lasts for decades.
4. What are my payment options?
Dental implants cost more initially than traditional prosthetics, but they are the most affordable long-term. You’ll have more time to pay for your replacement teeth because the process is performed in several steps. You won’t have to come up with a lump sum. Ask your dentist about all payment options, like using your dental insurance or third-party financing. They’ll help you find the financial solutions you need to rebuild your smile without draining your bank account.
5. When can we get started?
You may need a little prep-work before your placement surgery, like tooth extractions, gum disease treatment, or bone grafting. Your dentist will explain how long you can expect the process to take during your first appointment.
Don’t hesitate to ask your dentist for more information to ease any apprehensions. They’ll explain everything to help you make the best choice for your oral health and quality of life. Schedule your consultation today to start your journey to a functional, healthy, and attractive smile.
About Dr. Ben Tindal
Dr. Tindal earned his dental degree from the University of Florida before continuing his training for 3 years to earn a master’s degree and certification in prosthodontics. He has advanced qualifications to handle the most complex procedures, like dental implants. He can perform the entire process in-house. Contact our office today to see if dental implants are right for you.