Dental Implant Consultation

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The first step of any surgical dental procedure is to have an initial consultation with your dentist. This serves many purposes. Firstly, it allows you to get full professional advice on the procedure. If the problem is that you are missing a tooth you can discuss with your dentist the different options (partial denture, crown, bridge, implant etc).

Your dentist will explain the procedure, describing the risks, side effects and the ultimate result of your treatment. You should discuss your entire medical history and lifestyle choices with your dentist, making sure that you include anything you think may affect the treatment. As there are some people for whom dental implants may be problematic it is especially important that your dentist is sure you are suitable.

Once you are happy that dental implants are for you, the next step is for your dentist to make an assessment of your mouth. The health of your teeth and gums will be taken into account, and if there is any sign of gum disease or tooth decay these will need to be treated first. Your dentist will also need to assess the height and density of your bone, because a certain amount is required to place implants into.  You may even need some preliminary work done before the implants can be fitted. To check your bone structure you may need several x-rays. These are often done in a separate room of the dentist’s office. You may also need a CT scan to identify any anatomical structures to avoid such as nerves. The x-ray and scan also allow the dentist to determine how long and thick the titanium implant should be. Many dentists have a variety available in their surgeries and do not need to order them for each patient.

Your consultation should be concluded with your dentist inviting you to ask any and all questions you may have about dental implants. Often it is useful to take a notepad along with you so that you can jot down any questions you may have during your appointment. This will ensure that you are entirely happy with the treatment and fully understand the procedure.

Your consultant will then discuss costs and possible price plans with you before finally making any further appointments that you may need.

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