If you have missing teeth, you may be considering dental implants to restore your smile. It’s completely normal to feel nervous and have several questions and concerns about the procedure. Luckily, a dental implant consultation is the first step in determining whether it’s the right solution for you. Here’s what you can expect at your initial visit.
Meet With the Team
One of the first things you will do upon arrival is meet with the dentist and the dental team. They will be the ones supporting you and guiding you throughout the entire dental implant process, so you must get familiar with them from the get-go! Expect casual conversation and general introductions as an effort to help you feel more comfortable with the team.
Before diving into the nitty-gritty of the dental implant process, your dentist will initiate an introductory conversation to understand your needs, goals, and concerns. They will review your records, x-rays, and impressions and inquire about your medical history. It is the perfect opportunity to discuss your desired results! Being transparent with your dentist helps them develop a treatment plan that best suits your smile.
Oral Evaluation, X-Rays, 3D Imaging
Next, a thorough oral examination will be performed to assess your teeth, gums, and overall health. X-rays and 3D imaging are essential as they allow your dentist to get a full view of what’s going on in your mouth. Your dentist will also evaluate your bone density to ensure there’s enough healthy bone for successful implantation. Otherwise, patients with inadequate bone volume may require a bone graft before a dental implant.
Discussion of Treatment Options
After the examination, your dentist will share a recommended treatment plan and discuss various implant options, details on the implant surgery, timeframe, and post-op instructions. Once all the details are worked out, your dentist will explain what your next steps will be.
Q&A With the Dentist
At the end of your consultation, you will have an opportunity to ask any final questions and address any concerns. Don’t forget to use this time wisely! You must end your visit feeling confident about your decision to move forward with treatment. Plus, you can use this time to ask your dentist questions about themselves, ensuring they have the expertise and knowledge you can trust.
A dental implant consultation is critical to ensure you’re a good candidate for this treatment. After your initial visit, you should be ready to start your journey towards a beautiful, restored smile!
About the Author
Dr. Edward J. Dooley has helped patients achieve and maintain their best smiles for nearly four decades. From checkups to cosmetic treatments to dental implants, he can do it all under one roof! If you’re looking for a solution to replace missing teeth, look no further than dental implants. With implants, Dr. Dooley can give you a new smile that looks, feels, and acts just like the one you had before! To schedule a consultation, visit our website or call (732) 974-2288.