For many patients suffering from tooth loss, dental implants are a permanent solution that restores their smile and can last a lifetime with proper care. That said, dental implants require oral surgery that comes with minimal risk and at least a brief disruption to your schedule — not to mention implants should only be placed by a skilled surgeon. If you live in Georgia and are thinking about getting dental implants, here are some important questions to ask your Georgia oral surgeon.
What does a dental implant procedure entail?
Your surgeon should discuss the entire procedure with you from beginning to end, detailing every step from preparatory work to sedation, to temporary teeth and the implants themselves. Make sure you understand the steps so there are no surprises when the surgery begins.
How many visits will this procedure require?
Most implant surgeries consist of at least two procedures — one to install the posts into the jawbone (covering them with temporary prosthetics) and one to install the permanent implants onto the posts once they’ve fused with the bone. Typically, these visits are several months apart. However, be sure to ask your surgeon about the number of visits required, as well as recovery times after each visit.
How much experience do you have with this procedure?
Don’t be embarrassed to ask this question. It may seem like you’re challenging the surgeon’s expertise in this area, but a skilled surgeon will actually welcome the question. The more successful procedures the surgeon has performed, the more confidence you can have in his/her abilities.
Have you been specifically trained in dental implant procedures?
In tandem with the previous question, you might be a little shy about asking this one, but don’t be. The fact is, implants are a specialized skill and not every dental school offers this training — yet an oral surgeon may be legally allowed to perform it even without the training. It’s your mouth, so ask the question, and make sure you’re satisfied with the answer before agreeing to the procedure.
What will the implants cost?
Dental implants are an investment in your oral health, and they are more expensive than other solutions like crowns and dentures. However, with proper care, they can outlast all other solutions and actually be more cost-effective in the long run. Ask your surgeon to detail the costs of the procedure, including the costs spread over the life expectancy of the implants. Find out if any part of the procedure is covered by insurance, and find out whether payment plans are available. Chances are your surgeon can help you find a way to afford the implants, but understanding the costs and benefits beforehand will give you greater peace of mind going into the procedure.
For any other questions about dental implants, we are here to help. Give Riverside Oral Facial Surgery a call at (706) 235-5570.