The Key to a Great Implant Experience
Dental implants are a unique and versatile treatment option that helps restore the health and function of your teeth on a deeper level than any other tooth replacement option can manage by anchoring deep in your jaw like a natural tooth root and protecting against bone loss. Since they’re rooted so deeply, implants look and feel like real teeth, helping you regain confidence in your smile and freeing you to eat in public without worrying. They do require surgery to place, however, so you may find yourself getting anxious about the dental implant process.
Thankfully, there are steps you can take to ensure that you’ve set yourself up for the best experience possible when it comes time for you to receive your dental implants—most of which hinge on choosing a great dentist. Here are a few ways you can ensure you’ve found the right dentist for the job and that getting your implant is as stress-free as possible.
Choose a dentist with extensive dental implant training and experience.
Ensuring that you choose a dentist who has extensive training and experience placing dental implants is an absolute must. Dentists who perform the procedure often will have it down to a fine art, including an awareness of what risk factors or complications could arise and how they should handle them if they do. This ensures that you’ll get the results you want, including a smile you love, with as little stress as possible throughout the process.
Additionally, since implants are permanent and would be both painful and expensive to redo if an inexperienced dentist messes up, you don’t want to entrust your implant procedure to a dentist who doesn’t do it often. When you’re choosing a dentist to perform the procedure, make sure to ask them about their training as well as how many implants they place on a regular basis; this can give you a good idea about how qualified the dentist is to perform the procedure.
Make sure you find a dentist who is continuing their dental implant education.
The medical industry, including dentistry, is constantly changing with the implementation of new technology and our increasing understanding of the human body, so it’s vital for a knowledgeable, experienced dentist to continue their education on dental implant placement. This guarantees that they’re up-to-date on the most cutting-edge technology in the field, which will enable you to get better, faster results, often with a shorter healing time. Although it may sound like a strange question, most dentists are willing to tell prospective patients which classes they’re taking to continue their education, and asking will help you choose the best dentist to perform your implant procedure.
Pick a dentist who has the experience to properly diagnose your optimum treatment plan.
When you’re choosing a dentist to perform your dental implant surgery, finding a dentist who has experience with same-day smiles and full mouth reconstructions can actually be a huge help. This is because some dentists make the mistake of looking at and treating a single tooth at a time; they don’t take the way the whole jaw and smile structure works together with your facial bones into consideration when they plan treatments. While this isn’t always a bad thing, using this strategy with a procedure like implants can be disastrous, resulting in mistakes that are very expensive to fix down the road.
In contrast, same-day smiles and full mouth reconstructions both require dentists to be in the habit of examining the health of an entire smile and to consider how their treatment will impact it on a long-term basis—from the other teeth in your mouth to the joints of your jaws. You need a dentist like Dr. Tyler who can address and recognize issues like TMJ and who can work to improve your overall dental health and function rather than just simply placing your implant.
Select a dentist who makes easing dental anxiety a priority.
Your dentist’s experience level, continued education, and other dental focuses are incredibly important, but so is their level of compassion for patients and their willingness to work with you to lower your anxiety levels. No matter how skilled your dentist is, if they don’t make an effort to lower your anxiety levels, getting an implant can prove downright stressful—unnecessarily so. A compassionate dentist and dental staff can completely transform your experience, making it go smoothly and helping you stay calm and relaxed throughout the entire process. This involves the staff’s attitude, your dentist’s willingness to sit down and answer your questions, and the steps they take to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure.
Our office has been specifically designed to be warm and comforting, with a staff who is aware and understanding of your anxiety levels. We’re always open to discussing ways to make you more comfortable during your procedures and appointments, from arranging hand signals to alert Dr. Tyler when you need a breather to offering various types of sedation dentistry. While you want great results that restore the function, health, and appearance of your smile, these results can be attained without undue discomfort and anxiety—so it’s important to find a dentist who understands and values that.
Follow your dentist’s advice throughout the dental implant process.
Once you choose a dentist and begin undergoing the dental implant process, following your dentist’s advice is vital to ensure you end up with the best experience possible. Trust your dentist’s advice—after all, they’ve performed the procedure often and helped hundreds of patients through the recovery process. Following their advice can help you heal faster, lessen the likelihood that you’ll suffer complications, and decrease the amount of discomfort you’re in while you’re healing from each procedure.
While starting the process of getting dental implants can be intimidating, choosing an experienced, compassionate dentist can make all the difference. The right dentist will ensure that you are as comfortable and anxiety-free as possible during each step of the process and will work hard to ensure that your new smile is healthy in the long-term, giving you results you can love for the rest of your life. Talk to us about your smile goals by giving us a call or booking an appointment online. We can’t wait to help you start your new smile journey.