If you have ever had a tooth removed from your mouth, then you probably know how painful it is to have a tooth pulled. It’s even worse if you lose an entire row of teeth. In such cases, there are many options that can help you regain some of the smile and function lost due to missing teeth. In this article, we will discuss about the aspects of dental implants and also let you know about LPS Dental Care. 

A dental implant is one of the most common ways people seek to replace missing teeth. An advanced replacement tooth that resembles the full tooth structure is a dental implant. A crown, bridge, or tooth is supported by a solid titanium “root” that is surgically placed into the bone. If properly maintained, it can last a lifetime and behave, feel, and appear like actual teeth. A dental implant is usually made of titanium or zirconium. The titanium implants tend to be more expensive than the zirconium ones. But they last longer, too. Both types of dental implants look similar in appearance and are placed into your jawbone during surgery using a special drill. They are very strong and will support a crown (a covering over the implant) when it has been placed on them.

There are several reasons why someone might need to get their own dental implants. One reason is because they were born without any teeth. Another reason is because they lost teeth as an adult, either through trauma or periodontal disease. Yet another reason is because they’ve suffered from bone loss due to certain medications or diseases. When these conditions are severe, a person may not be able to keep their original teeth in place. Having teeth that fall out naturally is never a good thing, but having teeth that come out by accident can be even worse.

In this article, we will discuss what questions you should ask about getting dental implants so you can make an informed decision. We will also touch upon what to expect after the procedure is complete.

What you should ask your dental implant surgeon

  How long have you been doing this? –

Dentists with more experience tend to do better work. If you want to find a dentist who does excellent work, choose a dentist who has been in practice for at least ten years.

  Will I need anesthesia? –

If you are scheduled for a minor dental procedure like a filling, it is likely that you won’t need anesthesia. However, if you are going to have a full set of implants installed, anesthesia may be required. Before you schedule any procedure, you should always check with your doctor to see if anesthesia is necessary.

  Are you board certified? –

Some dentists are board certified while others are not. This means that the dentist you choose must meet certain requirements in order to become a licensed dentist. If the surgeon you are considering isn’t board certified, then you should avoid him/her unless you feel completely comfortable with them. There are dentists out there who aren’t board certified but still perform excellent work. Just don’t assume that just because someone isn’t board certified they won’t do a great job.

  Is my insurance accepted? –

If you have private insurance, then you can skip all of the other questions and go right to asking whether your insurance company accepts dental implants. If they do, then great! You can save yourself some time and money and focus on finding a dentist instead of dealing with paperwork.  Otherwise, you will need to contact your insurance provider to see if they accept dental implants. The best way to do that is to call them directly to see if they cover dental implants. If not, you should move forward with finding a dentist who does offer dental implants. Remember, no matter who performs your procedure, you still have to pay for it, regardless of whether your insurance covers it or not.

  Do you accept credit cards? –

While most dental offices accept credit cards, only those which specialize in cosmetic dentistry will accept both plastic and debit cards. So before you sign on the dotted line, make sure you check to see if the office accepts your preferred payment method.

  Where will my appointment take place? –

Many dental offices, especially smaller ones, don’t have in-house dental surgeons. Instead, they use a local office called a “dental clinic” to perform procedures. These clinics are usually owned and operated by dentists themselves. Most people prefer to have their appointments performed in their dentist’s office since that is the location where they receive and plan treatment. However, if you’re uncomfortable with this arrangement, try looking for a dentist who owns his own practice. He/she will provide you with much better care.

  Does your office have X-ray machines? –

If you are having implants placed in your jaw, then you may need x-rays done beforehand. This is required before treatment begins. Make sure that the dentist you choose has an x-ray machine. If he doesn’t, then he probably shouldn’t treat you as a patient.

  Can I pick out my implants? –

Most dentists don’t let patients pick out their implants. That’s because it takes a lot of skill to properly place a dental implant. A skilled practitioner knows how to drill in a specific manner to avoid damaging nerves or surrounding tissue. Choosing implants for yourself requires a little bit of research and planning, which is something that is beyond the scope of a simple dental visit. Therefore, it is best to leave the selection of implants up to your dentist.

  Is there a guarantee on the implants? –

As mentioned above, implants require a lot of skill to place correctly. The worst possible scenario is for a patient to lose their implant(s). To reduce the chance of losing one or more implants, consider choosing implants that are guaranteed to stay put. The dental implant warranty covers the manufacturer’s guarantee for the first year of service. After that, the manufacturer no longer guarantees its products. If you are concerned about losing implants, then you should select implants with a guarantee.

  Do you recommend a particular brand of implants? –

Not every dentist uses the same brand of implants. It might sound silly, but it’s true. Different brands hold different warranties, offer varying degrees of success rate, and cost differently. For the sake of convenience, you should ask your prospective dentist which brand(s) of implants they use. This will eliminate the possibility of paying for implant replacements in the future.

  What kind of follow-up care do you offer? –

Once you have completed your oral surgery, you will need to continue to take care of the rest of your newly implanted teeth. Follow-up visits are often recommended by dentists to ensure that everything is healing well and working as planned. For example, if you are having implants placed in your upper jaw, then you’ll need to continue coming back to your dentist for regular cleanings. If you are having implants placed in your lower jaw, then you’ll need to come back for regular checkups, too.

  What happens if I have problems? –

Dental implants will almost always cause problems in some form or fashion. Sometimes issues arise immediately after the procedure, sometimes they happen months later. Whatever the case may be, you should have a plan B if things don’t turn out well. You should find out exactly what steps you need to take in order to correct the situation. For instance, if you are having implants placed in your lower jaw, then you might need to wear a removable prosthetic (false teeth) until your new implants are ready to take their place. If you are having implants placed in your upper jaw, then you should have extra space in your gums to accommodate your new teeth. Either way, you should have a backup plan before you begin treating your implants.

  When can I resume normal activities? –

Once you have completed your oral surgery, you will need to wait a few weeks before you can resume normal daily activities. You should avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting until your implants have healed. Also, you should refrain from eating hard foods until the gum tissues around your implants have fully recovered. You should also avoid chewing gum until the gum tissues heal properly.

Now that you have read this article, you should be prepared to seek out a qualified dentist who specializes in implants, as well as a dental clinic that offers implants. If you’re not 100% confident with your dentist, then find one who is willing to answer all of your questions. The sooner you start taking care of your teeth, the less pain and discomfort you will feel once you finally have permanent teeth.