Top Five Questions To Ask Your Implant Dentist
Choosing to go through the process of having Dallas dental implants placed is a big decision for any patient. It is of utmost importance that when researching a facility in which to have the surgery conducted, from start to finish , that you know the most important questions to ask. Knowing the right questions to ask will undoubtedly increase the probability of you making the right decision. In part one of a two part series on the top questions to ask when researching for your dental implants, we are going to discuss the top two questions which reference brand and appointments and travel.
Question #1 – What brand of dental implants do you use ? How long has the brand been along?
The brand that your implant dentist uses for your dental implants has little to do with “appearances” and has everything to do with safety. Each brand uses unique tools to place , adjust and remove dental implants. It is important that the brand that is being used has been around for a long time and is a stable fixture in the dental implant space. This will help to ensure that if 20 years down the road if something goes wrong with your dental implant, you’ll have the tools available to make the needed adjustments.
Question #2 – How many appointments should I expect and how many locations?
Some dental implant centers will appear to be less expensive , but there are extra costs that are not clear up front. For instance, some will refer the patient to separate offices to get scans, x-rays, and dental molds. Extra trips to various facilities can incur additional costs, not to mention hassle.
In part two of this series we’ll discuss credentials, success rate and the CT scan.
Question #3 – What are your credentials?
It’s important to know the credentials of an implant dentist before you agree to have them perform major surgery. Dental implant credentialing follows the pattern of “Fellow” and “Associate Fellow”. Implant dentists that have been accredited and have earned credentials from the following places are reliable:
– American Academy of Implant Dentistry
– International Congress of Oral Implantologists
Question #4 – What is the success rate of your dental implants?
The success rate of dental implants will vary based on the location of the implant placement . Knowing the standard success rate of dental implant placement will help you determine if the implant dentist you are considering is a good selection.
There is no guarantee that an implant procedure will be successful, but studies have shown a five-year success rate of 95% for lower jaw implants and 90% for upper jaw implants.
Question #5 – Do you provide CT Scans or 3D imaging?
According to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology guidelines, all implant site evaluations should be evaluated with 3D imaging as with a CT scan. This means that CT scans are a standard of care, thus making them a critical part of the implant procedure.
We trust this has been helpful for you as you continue to choose the best place for you to have your dental implants placed and your smile renewed.
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