I was told that I should consider dental implants. But, I’m feeling overwhelmed in trying to find the right implant dentist for me. Do you have any tips when trying to find the right implant dentist?
– Michael in Ohio
The best thing to do when trying to find the best implant dentist for you is to schedule a consultation to learn more about the dentist, the staff and the practice philosophy. During the initial consultation you should be able to find out what your specific treatment needs are and the plan for moving forward.
Tips for Selecting an Implant Dentist
- Experience of the implant dentist – You may not realize that not every dentist is experienced in dental implants. In order to be successful, an implant dentist will need to pursue extensive training in the field. You will want to find a dentist that does them regularly. For example, ask how many implants the dentist does in a month and a year? Also, ask to see their portfolio of work to see cases similar to yours.
- Options to replace missing teeth – You should never feel like you are being pushed into dental implants. While dental implants are the best and most permanent solution to missing teeth, you may have other options. In some cases, a dental bridge, partial denture or implant-supported denture will work just fine to replace missing teeth.
- Dental implant care – Just because your natural teeth may be gone or extracted, doesn’t mean you no longer have to care for your teeth once the dental implants are placed. You will still need to continue with regular check-ups and exams to help make sure they are looking good and to prevent gum problems.
- Treatment plan – Try to consider your oral health into the near and far future. Do you still have natural teeth remaining and will they require tooth whitening or enhancing to create a beautiful, natural-looking smile. Find a dentist that will keep the big picture in mind and not just this one treatment.
- Dental implant process – Many people don’t realize that the entire dental implant process from start to finish may take six to eight months to complete. This will allow for the implant to fuse to the bone and heal properly. Ask the dentist about timelines and find out upfront how the payment options will work.
- Trust your dentist – It all comes down to trust. The right dentist will answer your questions, present your options and ultimately recommend that you gather all the information you need to make the right decision for you.
Hopefully, these tips are helpful as you consider the next steps in your dental implant journey.
This post is sponsored by Petaluma dentist Dr. Rick Lane.