A Patient-Focused Promise for Your Dental Care
November 18, 2021
Did you know that approximately 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth? Missing teeth can make it difficult to complete daily tasks, like eating, speaking, and smiling. The good news is that losing a tooth doesn’t mean that you need to go the rest of your life without it. Dental implants are a preferred tooth replacement option because they have so many unique benefits, like preventing bone loss. However, it is important that you are well-informed before taking on the procedure. Here are some important questions to ask during your dental implant consultation in Federal Way.
What Type of Experience Do You Have?
You want to choose a skilled dentist with lots of previous experience. Ask them about their educational background, years of experience, and what types of continuing education they have completed. You will be more confident knowing that they have successfully provided dental implants for many patients in the past.
How Long Does the Process Take?
This completely depends on the number of dental implants you’re having placed and where they’re located in the mouth. It can take up to an hour to place each implant, so it will ultimately take longer if you are receiving multiple. After your implants are placed, you will need to wait for the osseointegration process to be successful. Your dentist will be able to give you a more specific expectation of how long your dental implant process will take from start to finish.
What Can I Expect for the Recovery Process?
Just like any procedure that you endure, you will need to take it easy for a while for optimal healing and higher chance of success. You should ask how much time you need take off from work, what kinds of foods you will need to stick to, and in what ways your procedure will impact you. By being informed, you can help to ensure that the healing process goes smoothly.
What Costs Are Involved?
No one wants to end up with a bill that’s higher than they expected. Ask questions related to insurance coverage and other financial options if you don’t have insurance. This way, you can leave the office without unnecessary surprises.
Dental implants are an excellent option, and it pays to be in the know. Start out with the questions listed above and bring any others that you have with you to your consultation. This way, you can make an educated decision about the future of your smile!
About the Author
Dr. Drew Beaty is an experienced dentist who has been working in the dental field for over two decades. He earned his dental doctorate at Northwestern University in Chicago and is extensively trained in sedation dentistry. He has completed all 9 levels of postgraduate education at the prestigious Kois Center for Dental Excellence in Seattle and still takes over 100 hours of continuing education per year, which is four times the amount required by the Washington State Department of Health. To learn more about dental implants or to schedule a consultation, visit his website or call (253) 839-6544.
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