Replacing missing teeth is one of the best things you can do for your oral health. Today, dental implants have become one of the most popular solutions for tooth loss, and for good reason. On top of looking incredibly natural, they remain one of the longest-lasting and most functional options for tooth replacement. However, they are a more complicated process because they require surgery to place. For that reason, completing a dental implant consultation is required. Here’s what you can expect at that consultation.
When you first arrive at the oral surgeon’s office, you’ll have a chance to meet with them before any phase of treatment is completed. This preliminary conversation is meant to provide an opportunity for you to discuss the current condition of your mouth. The surgeon will also ask you about your specific needs and confirm your expectations before treatment begins. Dental professionals work hard to create a space that is judgement-free and compassionate, so you can be honest about your desires upfront regardless of how complex your tooth replacement might be.
Oral Exam and X-Rays
Following this conversation, the surgeon will capture detailed digital X-rays of your mouth so they can review your current jawbone health. They also look over previous X-rays you’ve had taken, whether it was at their office or from your current/previous dentist if available. If the surgeon has a cone beam scanner, an advanced piece of technology designed to capture 3D images of the mouth and jaw, they may use it the day of your consultation as well.
Personalized Treatment Plan
After all scans and evaluations have been made, the surgeon should be able to confirm whether or not dental implants are a safe option for you. In some cases, they recommend preliminary treatments first to ensure the most successful outcome possible, such as a bone graft or gum disease therapy. If not, they will go over each phase of dental implant treatment as well as schedule the appointment dates for the surgery and follow-up visits to examine your progress.
Typically, an office manager or treatment coordinator will sit down with you to discuss your payment options for care. If you have dental insurance, they will confirm if your benefits provide any coverage for the services you need as well as recommend third-party financing solutions if necessary to make care affordable.
It’s worth it to be prepared ahead of your future dental implant consultation. To get started on the process today, feel free to contact an oral surgeon and set up your next appointment!
About the Author
Dr. Mykle Jacobs is Board-Certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons as well as the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology, proving his commitment to continuing education and providing the best possible care to his patients. Not only is he highly trained to place dental implants, but he makes use of advanced technology to plan all of his treatments. This includes the use of a 3D cone beam scanner and virtual/guided dental implant surgery for the smoothest and most predictable care possible. To schedule an appointment, you can contact him through his website.