What should I ask the dental implant dentist?

There are likely to be a whole range of things you want to ask and it is so easy to forget something which is vitally important. What some patients find helpful is to write down a list of questions beforehand. This can be very useful and means that you are fully prepared when you meet with a dentist.

If you have put together a shortlist of dentists then you can take this list with you, and decide from their replies whether they are the right person for you.

Here is a list of questions which you can take with you:

  • How many years have you been in practice?
  • What qualifications do you hold?
  • Are you a member of a professional organisation, for example, the British Dental Association?
  • How many years have you spent carrying out dental implants?
  • Do you specialise in any other procedures?
  • What type of anaesthetic will I be given?
  • I am likely to feel any pain during the procedure?
  • What are your success rates for this treatment?
  • What are the chances of something going wrong?
  • How much does a dental implant cost?
  • If something does go wrong will I have to pay extra?
  • What does the price include?
  • Do you have any ‘before’ and ‘after’ photographs I can look at?
  • What can I expect from this procedure?
  • How long does the procedure take?
  • Is there anything I have to do afterwards?
  • Is there an aftercare service?
  • How long do dental implants last for?

Make sure that you are satisfied with the answers and if you don’t understand anything, ask until you do. If the dentist appears uninterested or pushy then find someone else.

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