4 Things To Expect During Your Dental Implant Consultation
The first step of getting dental implants is scheduling a consultation appointment with your service provider. Here are a few things you can expect to happen during that consultation appointment.
1. A Background Review
You can expect your service provider to thoroughly assess your dental background information with you during your initial consultation. If they've been treating your teeth and gums already, they'll simply verify the information and insight that they have to ensure that you're both on the same page.
If you're seeing a specialist or a new dentist, they will likely review your past dental records with you and may even request a conference call with your regular or past dentist to clarify aspects of your past dental care if necessary.
2. A Health Assessment
After reviewing your dental background information, you should expect your service provider to complete a checkup and make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy enough to get implants. If there are any problems present, such as cavities or gum disease, they'll want to address those issues before proceeding further with plans to fit you with implants.
If your teeth and gums need some work before implants can be put in, your service provider will likely schedule one or two treatment appointments before proceeding to make plans for the implants. If your teeth and gums are in good health, you will likely spend the rest of your consultation appointment focusing on the implant process.
3. A Procedural Guide
During your consultation, you should receive a procedural guide from your service provider that outlines gives you some insight into how the overall dental implant process works. The guide should provide you with information such as:
- How to prepare for your implants before the actual procedure takes place.
- What kind of anesthesia you'll be given before the procedure takes place.
- How long the procedure is expected to take.
- How to prepare for recovery after getting your implants.
With a procedural guide in hand, you should have peace of mind in knowing exactly what you should be doing to prepare for getting implants and what you should expect during the actual implant process.
4. Appointment Scheduling
The last thing you will likely to before leaving your consultation is to schedule an appointment to get your implants put in. Even if you have to schedule treatment appointments to improve the health of your teeth and gums before getting implants, you'll have an opportunity schedule a tentative implant date so you know when you can expect to finally be rewarded with a bright and beautiful smile. So go to your consultation appointment prepared with available appointment dates in mind so you can easily decide when to see your service provider next.