Though well worth it, dental implants are a significant financial investment. This is especially true for the revolutionary All-on-4 dental implant system. As with all big decisions in life, you may have some questions before you make a commitment. But where do you start? Many patients don’t know what to ask.
Here Are 10 Questions to Ask An Implant or All-on-4 Dentist:
#1. How do implants and All-on-4 differ from other missing tooth solutions? Try to really understand the advantages of dental implants and how they compare to the pros and cons of other solutions like dentures and bridges. Your dentist should talk about bone loss, convenience, function, etc.
#2. What is your experience in placing implants or All-on-4? Any general dentist is legally allowed to place an implant, so make sure your dentist has the proper training, experience and success placing implants or All-on-4.
#3. Am I a candidate for dental implants or All-on-4? More and more people are candidates for dental implants and All-on-4, but you need a health mouth and enough bone to support them. Some patients who aren’t candidates for implants are candidates for All-on-4, so keep that in mind as well.
#4. How are you going to plan the procedure? Will the dentist use 3D imaging? Surgical guides? Digital photography? Planning is one of the most important parts of the dental implant or All-on-4 procedure.
#5. What kind of materials are you going to use? You want to make sure the materials used will: 1, be sturdy enough to last as a permanent solution; and 2, be compatible with your body.
#6. What steps are involved in the procedure? Have the dentist break down all parts of the dental implant process so you have a good idea of what to expect.
#7. Will it be painful? You should experience minimal or no pain during the procedure, especially with anesthetics. Many patients and dentist also prefer using sedation during dental implant and All-on-4 procedures.
#8. How long will the entire process take? From planning to procedure and healing time, try to get a good idea of how long the procedure will take and if you need to take any time off work.
#9. Is there anything I should do to ensure my implants are successful? If you’re a smoker or use certain drugs, you may be at a higher risk of dental implant integration failure.
#10. What is the total cost for the procedure? Try to get an exact quote for everything involved in the process to ensure it fits your budget and there are no surprises down the road.
By answering these questions, it should give you peace of mind about making the right decision for your unique situation.
If you’d like to know more about dental implants or All-on-4, schedule a consultation today!