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(504) 738-5171 Kerry T. Plaisance, Jr, DDS • W. Keith deJong, DDS

Dental Implant Inquiry: What Happens at My Consultation?

February 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drplaisance @ 8:26 pm
Hands in white gloves holding model dental implant

If you’re looking to replace a missing tooth, you may be considering dental implants. Many experts consider this type of restoration to be the most effective because it offers unique advantages that the alternatives don’t. It’s the only method that includes a support rod that’s inserted directly into your jaw to function like the root. As a result, it’s a sturdy standalone structure that helps maintain your oral health.

Before you can get dental implants, however, you must first have a consultation with your dentist to ensure you’re a good candidate. If you’re worried about what’s involved in this appointment, read on to learn about 3 things you can expect!

#1: Initial Discussion

The first thing your dentist will do is have a chat to establish what it is you’d like to achieve. They’ll also take this opportunity to go over your medical and dental history to get a more comprehensive idea of what needs to be done. Many patients who are embarrassed by the state of their smile become emotional during this conversation because they’re worried about what their dentist will think of them. If you do, don’t feel bad. Rest assured that your provider’s primary goal is your oral health. They’re not there to judge you and will do what they can to help you feel calm and comfortable.

#2: Oral Exam

Then, your provider will examine your mouth for any areas of concern like tooth decay or gum disease. Your mouth needs to be clean before you get your restoration because oral problems increase the risk of infection and failure at the implant site. Your dentist will also take X-rays or other images to verify whether you have sufficient jawbone density to support a dental implant. If they do find an issue, don’t lose hope. In many instances, they can work with you to clear it up and then proceed to the next step in the process.

#3: Suggested Treatment

If your dentist notices any problems, they’ll suggest appropriate remedies. For example, if your jawbone isn’t thick enough, you may need to have a bone graft procedure to bulk it up before you can move forward with dental implants. If you have any questions or concerns of your own, this is the perfect time to bring them up. Feel free to ask about the expected outcome and what’s involved in recovery, for example, so that you’re not taken by surprise.   

Hopefully, having a better idea of what to expect during your consultation gives you some well-deserved peace of mind about your upcoming appointment!

About the Practice

At deJong, Plaisance, and Bostick Family Dentistry, patients of all ages benefit from three experts with decades of experience between them. Using state-of-the-art technology they can provide a full array of services under one roof, including dental implants. They’re able to handle the entire process in a single location, including the surgical component, to minimize the need for outside referrals. Plus, their compassionate staff goes above and beyond to help keep you comfortable throughout your visit. If you’d like to schedule a consultation, you’re welcome to request an appointment on the website or by calling (504) 738-5171.

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