Are dental implants right for your patients?
When patients are missing one, two, or more teeth, they have you to help them choose the proper tooth replacement.
Would your patients prefer a stable, permanent tooth replacement that looks and feel like natural teeth?
Do your patients hide their smile because of unsightly spaces between teeth or because they are missing teeth?
Do your patients lack confidence or have trouble when they smile, speak or eat?
Are your patient's natural teeth loose or are their dentures or partial dentures unstable?
Do your patients have advanced gum disease, failing bridges, or badly broken teeth?
If any of these situations apply, dental implants may be the optimal treatment solution.
Is your patient too old for dental implants?
No! Any person at any age can have dental implants as long as there is enough bone available in which to place the implants.
Anyone healthy enough to undergo routine dentistry is healthy enough to have dental implants placed.
With very young people, however, it is generally wise to wait until the late teen years, after “growth” has completed — to place implants. We will review the appropriate diagnostic tests to determine your patient's ability to have implant treatment.
How long until my patient can resume my daily activities?
In most cases, your patient can resume normal activities the day following the placement of dental implants. We will discuss their particular postoperative instructions with you. and will want you to be a part of the healing checks and adjustments before final restorations.
Is there special care needed with dental implants?
Along with normal brushing and flossing, a periodic check-up and professional cleaning is with your hygienist is required.
We will check the individual implants and take radiographs regularly to evaluate the bone, make any adjustments that are needed and clean around the posts, if necessary. You should be appointing your patients regularly for ongoing maintenance.
Will any medical condition impact treatment?
Generally speaking, if a person’s medical condition allows them to have routine dental treatment, such as having a tooth removed, they can also have an implant placed.
Certain medical conditions do require that precautions be taken. Conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease that are under control with medication are usually not an obstacle to receiving dental implant treatment. We may request a medical clearance, if necessary, prior to your patient's treatment. A complete medical history and vital signs, along with ASA Classification, will be performed.
What is the success rate for dental implants?
If the treatment is properly planned by an experienced practitioner, the surgery accomplished following strict protocols, the restoration fabricated correctly and the prosthesis properly maintained by the patient, success rates exceed 95%
Can patients continue with a smoking habit during dental implant treatment?
Smoking can lower the success rate of implants, but does not exclude a smoker from the treatment. We do not recommend smoking, but patients can continue to smoke after initial healing if they choose. We will always encourage your patients to consider a smoking cessation program.
Does dental insurance cover this treatment?
More insurance companies are adding implants to the benefit schedule. Although every dental plan is different, your patients should have coverage for tooth replacement. We can request information about the proposed implant treatment and obtain an explanation of benefits.
Even if implants are not covered, your patient's carrier should approve payment for an alternative benefit.