Dental implants are regarded as the crown jewel of restorative dental treatments. They’re the most advanced, long-lasting, and functionally and cosmetically elegant solution for missing teeth. The first step to restoring your smile is to schedule a dental implant consultation.
We’re here to break down exactly what you can expect from your initial consultation with our Smart Arches dental implant specialists. From getting to know you and examining your smile to creating a customized treatment plan, we’ve got you covered!
What are dental implants and who needs them?
A dental implant is a small, screw-like post that is surgically embedded into the jawbone to serve as a replacement for a natural tooth root. Once your dental implant is secure, an abutment will be attached in order to fit you with a custom-made prosthetic tooth such as a crown or bridge.
Dental implants are made with biocompatible materials (usually titanium or zirconia). This means they actually fuse with the jawbone over time, ensuring they’re completely durable and secure. With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last your entire life without needing to be replaced.
Dental implants can even replace an entire row of teeth using a strategic technique called the All-on-4 method.
Who should you see for a dental implant consultation?
Your dental implant consultation should always be led by the dental professional who will be performing your surgery. While some general dentists are trained to provide implant treatment, most patients choose to see an oral surgeon or periodontist.
In most cases, an oral surgeon will have more extensive, specialized training and education in dental implant treatment as well as relevant sedation methods.
What to expect during a dental implant consultation
At your consultation, you’ll meet with your oral surgeon to discuss your situation and determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants. Your appointment will include:
A review of your dental history
We’ll discuss your medical history to get a full picture of your oral health needs, past procedures, potential risk factors, and more.
A comprehensive dental exam
We’ll evaluate your current oral health to determine the level of intervention you require and identify any preliminary treatments that may be necessary, including:
- Bone grafting
- A sinus lift
- Gum disease treatment
X-rays and imaging
We’ll take a full set of X-rays to look at your mouth, jaw, and other facial structures. This will help us develop the best possible treatment plan for you.
An overview of your treatment plan, timeline, and associated costs
We’ll discuss your goals and concerns and develop a detailed, customized treatment plan. We’ll also provide you with an estimate of the cost of treatment and a general timeline. Patients with otherwise good oral health may even be candidates for same-day dental implants.
A chance to get all your questions answered
During your consultation, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions, get all your concerns addressed, and discuss what you can expect during your procedure.
How much does a dental implant consultation cost?
Everyone deserves to have access to quality dental care and treatment. At Smart Arches, we provide completely FREE dental implant consultations to all patients!
Get a comprehensive dental implant consultation with the expert oral surgeons at Smart Arches!
Smart Arches is dedicated to offering the highest quality dental implant care to each and every patient we meet. As dental implant specialists with years of training and practical experience, you can rest assured that your oral health is in good hands.
Contact us today to schedule your FREE consultation, get your questions answered, and take the first step to restoring your smile!