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What to Ask Your Orthodontist About Dental Implants
Dental implants can provide many benefits for patients who need to replace teeth. It is common for people considering this option to want more information about it. Questions at your dental implant consultation should cover a wide range of important topics about the procedure and what follows. However, orthodontic patients should also ask their orthodontist certain questions prior to undergoing the procedure. Read on to learn more about dental implants during and after orthodontic treatment and thr proper questions to ask.
Questions to ask an orthodontist about implants
While most patients must wait to have dental implants placed after completing their orthodontic treatment, some patients may have had implants prior to orthodontics or are interested in placing them after. It is a good idea to understand what dental implants are and how they work, as well as ask a dentist if they are a good fit for your oral health needs.
Patients considering both orthodontic treatment and dental implants should ungergo a preliminary consultation, physical examination, and assessment. We will look at X-rays of the teeth, gums, jaws, and other surrounding structures to make the determination. Once the orthodontist assesses the patient’s case, we can discuss their current and future dental treatment options, including dental implants.
In any case, the following are questions patients typically ask at their consultation:
How long will the procedure take?
While a typical implant placement appointment takes about an hour, this can vary for each patient. The dentist can explain any factors that could make this go faster or slower. In addition, they will detail everything that will occur during the appointment.
How many appointments are needed?
Some patients may be able to receive implants during the same appointment as their tooth extraction. Others may require several visits with a few months between each. Discussing their specific situations can help patients know how to plan ahead.
Where will the procedure be done?
Many implant dentists perform placement in their offices. However, some patients may need to go to a specialist or have the procedure done in-home. Knowing the location in advance is helpful.
Risks and complications
Another common concern is the risk of complications or implant failure. The most frequent reasons for failure include smoking and inadequate oral hygiene. There can also be a risk of complications from the procedure, including infection or bleeding at the site. The likelihood of this occurring can be decreased by following the dentist's post-procedure care instructions.
Certain medical conditions can also add risks to the procedure. For this reason, it is important to let the dentist know about even minor health conditions as well as any supplements or medication one takes. It is also crucial to discuss the patient's risk factors in the implant procedure and ask questions about the common side effects or complications similar patients face. Then, dentists can find a safe way to perform the procedure for many patients.
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Our team has the answers if you have questions to ask at your dental implant consultation. Learn more about what the procedure entails and how implants can help support oral health. Call our office at (954) 271-8073 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.
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