Many patients would like to learn more about dental implants, but are not sure where to begin. We have gathered some of the top questions you should be asking your dentist when you are considering dental implants.
Can you tell me about the company that makes my implant?
You may be surprised to know that not all implants are the same! As with many other products, there are numerous (50+) manufacturers of dental implants, and not all are created equal. Talk to your dentist to make sure you are getting an excellent quality implant and not something that is “off-brand.”
Am I getting a regular size implant or a mini-implant?
There is a difference between a “regular size implant” and a “mini-implant”. A regular size implant is the gold standard for replacing missing teeth and is strong enough to hold up over time. Numerous dentists now offer “mini-implants,” which are less expensive, but are not as predictable and often not as effective. Make sure to ask which one you are getting!
What type of special training do you have in placing implants?
Implant surgery is not taught in all dental schools and is therefore not a standard part of dental education. However, ANY general dentist is legally allowed to place a dental implant even if they have no training to do so. Make sure your dentist has appropriate residency training and did not simply take a “weekend course” on dental implant surgery.
Does the cost you are quoting me cover both the implant AND the abutment/crown?
As a patient, you typically want to know the total cost. This means knowing the cost of surgery AND the cost of the restorative portion (actually putting the tooth on the implant). These are typically separate fees and it can be confusing for the patient, particularly if the surgery is completed by a specialist in a separate office from where your primary dental office, where the crown is placed.
Do you use 3D CT imaging, diagnostic models, surgical guides and digital photography to plan your implant cases?
The treatment planning process of complex implant cases is critical, and proper 3D imaging combined with study models and photography is very important to diagnosing and developing accurate treatment plans. This topnotch technology also allows the dentist to better educate the patient about the treatment.
Do you offer IV Sedation?
More complicated or longer duration surgeries are often best performed under IV sedation. Sedation ensures the patient is comfortable throughout the procedure. It also has the added benefit of allowing IV administration of antibiotics, steroids, analgesics, and anti-inflammatories for optimal post-operative healing.
The doctors and staff at Mint Hill Dentistry are willing and ready to answer any questions you have about your upcoming procedures. Our top priority is your comfort and happiness with the results – we want to make you smile! Give us a call today with your questions or to schedule your next appointment.