Dental Implant Surgery, Ask These Important Questions

Getting ready for your upcoming dental implant surgery consultation?

At Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah, we want you to be confident in your decision on tooth replacement. To that end, we’re happy to answer any questions you may have about dental implants.

As you consider what to ask during your dental implant surgery consultation, make sure your list includes the four important questions below.

Dental implant surgery questions

Ask if You’re a Good Candidate for Dental Implants

As a general rule, if you’re healthy enough for routine dental work such as a tooth extraction, you can probably get tooth implants. However, some chronic medical conditions, including diabetes and leukemia, can affect the healing process. The same goes for using tobacco, alcohol and certain prescription medications.

When you come in for a dental implant surgery consultation, your oral surgeon can tell you if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. And be sure to ask whether this method of tooth replacement is your best option.

Ask About the Process for Getting Dental Implants

If you’re convinced that implant surgery is right for you, ask your oral surgeon for details on the procedure. The more you know, the easier it will be to make a decision on tooth replacement.

Some patients can opt for Teeth-in-a-Day implants. Others require in-office pre-prosthetic procedures such as bone grafting, jawbone reshaping or gum tissue removal first. Your tooth replacement must meet your specific oral health needs, and your oral surgeon can tell you what your treatment entails.

Ask About the Results You Can Expect from Implant Surgery

Years ago, most patients wanted dazzling, bright-white smiles with perfect-looking teeth. Now, many people prefer results that are more organically beautiful, with subtle variations in texture, rotation or color gradation that look more like natural teeth.

Let your oral surgeon know how you want your replacement teeth to look, and ask if you can count on those results from tooth implants. With the latest advances in tooth replacement, you should be able to get the type of smile you prefer — but making sure is a smart idea.

Ask About Your Dental Implant Surgeon’s Qualifications

Before making a final decision on getting tooth implants, make sure the oral surgeon you choose has the right credentials.

Proper education and training are essential for successful implant surgery. Experience is just as crucial — maybe even more so — because the procedures can be complicated. If your oral surgeon doesn’t possess all these qualifications, you have a greater risk of complications or even failure of your tooth implants. And don’t be shy in asking about credentials, as reputable professionals are always willing to provide information on their expertise in tooth replacement.

Schedule your dental implant surgery consultation at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah. Our board-certified oral surgeons, Dr. Partridge and Dr. Maxfield, have over 10 years of experience as specialists in tooth replacement, pre-prosthetic surgery and complex restorative oral procedures.

You can trust the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah team to give you the strong, healthy and beautiful smile you deserve. Contact one of our three Salt Lake City offices to discuss your dental implant surgery consultation today.