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Top 7 Questions to Ask Your Dentist Before Getting Implants

questions to ask about dental implants

Loose or missing teeth can cause you to lose confidence and reduce your capacity to enjoy life. How can you feel comfortable when you are self-conscious about your smile? That is why you should consider getting dental implants from our San Diego Dentist, Dr. Roya Mirkhan, at Advanced Dentistry & Implant Center.

Dr. Mirkhan is a Scripps-affiliated dentist in San Diego who is recognized as one of America's top dentists. Her mission is to give her patients the smile they always wanted, as well as to help them regain their confidence and ability to enjoy life. Read through the Q&A below to see Dr. Roya Mirkhan's answers to the top 7 questions you should asked before getting dental implants.

Interested in dental implants? Call (858) 348-5859 to schedule a free consultation!

Questions to ask about dental implants

Q1: How do you determine if I am a good candidate for dental implants?

  • If you have one or more missing teeth
  • If you have difficulty chewing
  • If you have loose teeth
  • If you have loose denture teeth
  • If you have dental bridges that get a lot of food trapped under
  • If you are a non-smoker

The very first and best step is to make an implant consultation appointment. Dr. Mirkhan offers a free initial consultation so that you can know your options and make an informed decision regarding your dental implants.

Q2: How many surgeries do I have to go through to have my tooth or teeth extracted and the implants put in?

A: In most cases, one appointment to do extractions and immediate placement of the dental implant(s); all done in one visit. Other offices do not necessarily adhere to this schedule and could take multiple appointments and months to place the implants.

Q3: Will I have sedation choices? If so, what are they?

A: IV Sedation and Oral Conscious Sedation are the two best options offered.

Q4: Why should I choose a dentist who specializes in implants?

A: Today, most general dentists place dental implants although they have not had adequate specialized school training to do so. But dentists who have had extra training to place dental implants have undergone 3 – 4 additional years of training after completing 4 years of dental school. This enables them to be competent in the surgical placement of dental implants and to prevent complications associated with them.

I have undergone an additional 3 years of training to deliver the highest level of care to my patients.

Q5: How long will my implants last?

A: If your implants are placed by an implant specialist, they should last you a lifetime. There are so many factors that are taken into consideration in the surgical placement of dental implants, their restoration, and their maintenance. There is greater than 98% success rate for lower implants and more than 94% success rate for upper implants.

Q6: What is your success rate with implants?

A: During my 17 years in practice, I have had 98% success rate for all of my implant cases. The 2% failure rate has been related to smoker patients and non-compliant patients.

Q7: What maintenance will I have to perform, if any, with implants?

A: Once you become an implant patient at my office, you will be closely watched and monitored for the long-term success of your dental implants. We value the investment you have made in your oral health and we help you to keep them for a lifetime.

Contact Advanced Dentistry & Implant Center today for a free consultation!

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