This is the step that determines if you are a good candidate for implants. It typically takes 45 minutes to an hour.
- Do you need implants or is there a better alternative?
- Are dental implants appropriate for you? A thorough look at your medical status, medicines you are taking that might interfere with the procedure, vital signs (blood pressure in particular), stress—“Is the body with us?”
- Adequate Bone—A careful examination of your mouth, including x-rays to see if you have enough bone for implants. This may include dental CAT-Scan x-rays that show the bone in 3 dimensions (called cone beam x-rays).
- Other Things—how is the bite relationship, what is the condition of the surrounding teeth, gums, and oral health, do we need to coordinate orthodontics if the patient is in braces, determining temporary tooth replacement if needed, and much more in a quick but thorough manner. Can the implant(s) help in establishing chewing function and esthetics?
- This is where we present to you our findings and recommendations. This is usually done at the same time as the Diagnosis. This is usually the most efficient use of your time rather than have you come back for another visit.
- Explanation—we use models, videos, photos, and any other methods needed to make certain you understand the process. We want you to understand to the depth that you want or need to understand!
- Financial—at this visit, our staff will also fully explain the costs of the procedure to you, answer insurance questions, and indicate payment options.
- We hope you will have all the information you want or need, but with the invitation to contact us directly or review this website for what you do need.
With the above information, our knowledgeable staff can help you with appropriate appointments.