3 Questions To Ask Your Dentist Before Getting Dental Implants

There are many benefits to dental implants, from how long they last to how natural they look. However, like all options to replace missing teeth, they aren't for everyone. This guide explains three things you should ask your dentist when considering implants, in order to make a sensible, informed choice.

Am I A Good Candidate For Dental Implants?

The first thing to discuss with your dentist is whether you are a good candidate for dental implants. This can depend on a range of factors, including how many teeth are missing, your lifestyle and even your age. Typically, if you are only missing a couple of teeth, your dentist may want to consider other options, such as dentures or bridges. However, if you've had dentures and struggled with them, implants may be a better option. If you smoke, you may have to stop smoking before your dentist is willing to consider implants. Have an honest conversation with your dentist about whether implants are suitable for you, and if there's anything you can do to prepare for them.

What Will The Procedure Be Like?

Implants are one of the more complex dental procedures, and a range of factors can affect the process. Before you commit, take some time to talk to your dentist about what the process and recovery would look like for you. The Mayo Clinic explains how long the process can take, and how it is done. They also explain that some people need bone grafts before getting implants, which can add a lot of time to the process. Ask your dentist how long they think the process will last from start to finish, and also how long you'll need to dedicate to recovery. This shouldn't put you off but will give you all the information you need to make the right decision for you.

How Should I Care For My Dental Implants?

Dental implants are expensive, and it's natural to want them to last as long as possible. Therefore, it's important to know how to take care of them. You will need to brush your implants like normal teeth, as well as be careful to clean between them using floss or an interdental brush. However, there may be lifestyle changes you need to agree to in order to keep your implants in good condition, such as seeing your dentist more often or committing to not smoking. Speak to your dentist about the care your implants would need and decide whether it's right for you.

By discussing your personal suitability for implants, the procedure and recovery time and also how to care for implants, you will be able to make a good decision about whether dental implants are right for you.