3 Questions to Ask Your Dentist About Implants

You have considered getting implants instead of dentures and are almost ready to have the procedure done. After ascertaining the cost, whether or not your insurance will cover the procedure of dental implants, and how long the procedure will take, you are ready to go. however, there are a few last minute concerns you may have that you want to ask your dentist about before proceeding with the dental implants. Here are a few questions you should ask before getting ready for the day of the procedure.

How Long Will the Dental Implants Last?

You want your smile to last a lifetime even though you've had to have your teeth replaced. You want to make sure what you are getting is exactly what you and your dentist have talked about. While dentures require maintenance every six months to a year, dental implants will last up to 40 years. Even though this won't span an entire lifetime, with proper care, implants will be your smile the way you've always envisioned it.

What Type of Maintenance is Involved with the Implants?

Even though what you are getting are dental implants, they require much of the same maintenance as your natural teeth did. Brushing, flossing and seeing your dentist regularly will keep your smile looking great for a long time. Don't forget about flossing. Getting between your implants is as important as getting between your natural teeth. Tooth and gum decay can still happen if your implants are not properly cared for. Also, remember that the material used in your dental implants can play a role in the maintenance. Make sure to ask if any special steps should be taken if you made a special materials request or adjustment to the traditional option originally offered by your dentist. 

What Amount of Pain is Normal?

You already know there is going to be some discomfort because of the procedure and you want to make sure you are ready for whatever comes your way. Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen are the usual ways others have managed pain after getting implants. If you should require something that is not over the counter medication ask your dentist; he or she should be able to provide you with the type of medication that is right for you. This often depends on pain levels and individual medical needs.

After all the questions are asked and answered and you are ready for the procedure, the first thing you are going to want to do is smile at everyone you see. This is completely normal and will more than likely get a kind response from others. You and your brand new smile can be seen in all your regular places, with friends, family, or co-workers; only now there is even more to smile about.