Dental Implants: What Patients Want to Know


Dental implants let dentists give patients replacement teeth that are as good as natural teeth. But patients have a lot of unanswered questions about the tooth implant process.

December 3, 2008 (San Francisco, California) Patients getting dental implants have lots of questions about the procedure, reveals a recent survey by dental marketing resource The Wealthy Dentist. However, many dentists feel patients don’t ask the right questions.

Patients are most likely to ask their dental implant dentist, "How much do tooth implants cost?" This is, of course, an important question. Dental implant surgery can be quite expensive, depending on how many teeth are being replaced. Patients intent on saving money might instead choose a dental bridge or affordable dentures.

The next most common question patients ask is, "Are dental implants painful?" Dental implant surgery is indeed a surgical procedure (performed by an oral surgeon or dentist). However, the surgery and recovery process are not typically painful.

Implantologists feel that patients sometimes neglect to ask the most important questions. Dentists recommend asking, "Am I a good candidate for dental implants?" Some patients, such as those who smoke or have certain diseases, are not good candidates, as dental implants are more likely to fail in these patients.

Another important question is, "How can I find a qualified and experienced dental implant dentist?" Find a dentist websites, personal recommendations, or referrals from other dental professionals are all good resources. It’s equally as important to discuss the dentist’s qualifications; the best implant dentists will have lots of experience and few failures.

Denture dentists also recommend asking, "How can implants help hold in my partial or denture?" Mini dental implants, also known as denture implants, can help hold the lower removable denture firmly in place, making it easier to chew, eat and talk.

Patients should also consider asking about any alternatives. Implant therapy is great, but some patients may be better served by conventional prosthetics such as a fixed bridge, removable bridge, fixed partial denture, or removable denture. 

“Dental implants are the best false teeth money can buy,” said Jim Du Molin, dental consultant and founder of dental marketing resource The Wealthy Dentist. “But that doesn’t mean they’re ideal for everyone. Patients need to discuss dental implant therapy with their dentist, and know which questions to ask."

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