July 22, 2021
Tooth loss is a common issue that affects all sorts of people across the United States. Approximately 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth while 40 million are missing all of their teeth. The good news is that losing a tooth no longer means that you need to go the rest of your life without it. There are numerous tooth replacement options out there. Dental implants are preferred because of their numerous benefits, but you need to attend a consultation before committing to them. Here is what you can expect at your dental implant consultation.
During your consultation, your dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth. This includes your teeth, gums, and the other areas of your smile. They’ll also go over your medical history and evaluate your bone density. This is all done to ensure that your smile is able to adequately support your dental implants. If you don’t have enough bone density, you might need to get a bone graft before moving forward with the dental implant process.
Your dentist isn’t able to know everything about your smile just by looking at it. This is why X-rays are necessary. This helps them to determine exactly how dense your jawbone is. Your X-rays will also be used to determine precisely where your implant needs to be placed for the greatest chance of long-term success.
Your dentist will go over all of your treatment options in detail and confirm whether or not you would make a good dental implant candidate. This is the perfect time to ask any questions you have about the process, finances, or anything else that you want to know ahead of time.
Your dentist will discuss your treatment plan with you in great detail. This includes the length of your procedure, how many appointments you will require, the types of anesthesia and sedation options that will be available to you, the amount of time it will take for you to recover, aftercare instructions, and what exactly you can expect when your implants have completely fused with the jawbone.
As your consultation comes to an end, you should feel confident about your upcoming procedure. If you think of any questions after you leave the office, your dentist is only a phone call away. Your dental team would be happy to get you the information that you need.
Your consultation is the perfect time for you to learn everything you need to know about dental implants before making the commitment. You’ll have your smile back in no time!
About the Author
Dr. C.J. Landry is an experienced dentist who has been working in the field for well over three decades. He earned his dental doctorate from the LSU School of Dentistry in New Orleans and has completed thousands of hours of continuing education in endodontics, orthodontics, prosthodontics, and dental implant surgery and restoration. To learn more about dental implants or to schedule an appointment at his office in Marrero, visit his website or call (504) 348-0080.
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