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Posted on: July 8, 2011
Advancements in Technology Make Dental Implants Readily Available
I’ve recently had an influx of patients asking for dental implants, which advancements in technology have made more readily available and predictable.
Typically my new patients start with the following three questions: “how much will it cost?”, “how long will it take?” and “how painful will it be?” These are important questions, but I realize that many candidates for implants need answers to other questions they aren’t even asking, like:
Why do they want implants? What it is that is bothering them right now?
What are the possible options to replace the tooth? What does each option actually involve? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each option. Would the patient be happy with the disadvantages of each option?
What are the benefits of a dental implant?
Here are just a few: the patient won’t have to take anything out to clean an implant. They won’t have to have any other teeth drilled to do the implant. The new tooth will be fixed and solid, and the patient will be able to eat ANYTHING. Implant placement permits maintenance of bone levels in the area of the implant.
Taking the time to educate our patients with regard to what they SHOULD know helps them to identify the issues that are important to them. This – in turn – helps them to make an informed choice with regard to the benefits they can expect from dental implants.
If you think you may be a candidate for dental implants, contact us to find out your options and the benefits of implant dentistry.