It always shocks us to learn how many people simply choose the first implant dentist they find on the internet. It is important that potential implant patients properly research their nearby implant providers, as not every dentist has the same education or experience. Fortunately, every implant process begins with a phone call and consultation with that practice’s implant provider. During these interactions, there are certain questions that can be asked to get a better grasp on what kind of results that dentist can provide. We invite you to continue reading to see what kind of questions you should ask your potential implant dentist.
Here are eight great questions that can be used to get a better idea of your potential dentist’s implant experience and training:
1.) Will a fee be required before I can have my dental implants consultation?
Not every dentist provides consultations for free. Before agreeing to meet with any dentist, you should call their office and ask if any fee needs to be paid for a consultation.
2.) Is a written estimate provided after a dental implant consultation?
During a consultation, the patient is examined and their condition evaluated. From this meeting, a treatment plan can be devised for the patient and a procedure decided upon. At this point, the dentist should provide the patient with a written estimate, which will break down the expected cost of that patient’s implant treatment.
3.) Have you received special training in dental implant placement?
Technically, any dentist can place dental implants, so long as they have gone through at least one training program. That said, simply having basic training doesn’t mean that the dentist has the best grasp of the procedure. Patients should speak with their potential implant provider and find out what kind of programs and training classes they have participated in.
4.) How many years have you been placing dental implants?
Naturally, a dentist who has been placing dental implants for many years now is going to have more experience than one who just started offering the treatment. By determining how long a potential provider has been offering the treatment, patients can have a better idea of the results possible with that doctor.
5.) What is your success rate with dental implants?
Most dentists are upfront with the kind of success rates they have with dental implant treatments. If your potential provider isn’t willing to give these percentages, you may want to consider a different implant dentist.
6.) Can you provide supplemental procedures?
Some patients require supplemental procedures before they can have dental implants placed. If you believe that this might be your case, then it is wise to only consider implant providers who offer these procedures.
7.) Are all implant-related procedures performed in-office?
Not every implant dentist provides every portion of the procedure. Some only restore implants, while others only place them. When considering a doctor, you will want to take the time to see if they provide every step of the implant process, as the outsourcing of procedure steps can add cost to your treatment.
8.) Do you have any before and after photos of previous implant patients?
Most cosmetic dentists take before and after photos of their restoration work. If your potential implant dentist cannot provide these images, then that may be an indication that they are not capable of the kind of results you are looking for.
We also understand that the location of a practice can factor into a patient’s decision. We are proud to serve patients in Leamington, ON and beyond, including the areas of:
Now that you know what questions you should ask of a potential implant dentist, it’s time to come down to our Leamington, ON area office and find out if Dr. Michael Jacobs is the provider you have been looking for. To schedule your no-obligation consultation, contact our office today. We serve patients in the Leamington, LaSalle, and Windsor areas.
Dr. Michael Jacobs
5955 Malden Road
Canada N9H 1S6
Monday: 9AM – 8PM
Tuesday: 9AM – 8PM
Wednesday: 8AM – 5PM
Thursday: 9AM – 8PM
Friday: 8AM - 4:30PM
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