If your general dentist has referred you to an oral surgeon to be evaluated for dental implants to replace your missing teeth, the first step in the treatment process will be a consultation. At this initial appointment, the surgeon will examine your teeth and jaws to determine the best course of action regarding treatment. This appointment will not involve any invasive procedures or any discomfort at all, so there’s no reason to have any anxiety in advance of it.
Your dental implant consultation gives you a chance to discuss your treatment goals with the oral surgeon, as well. You can learn more about the process of getting dental implants and give your input into the design of the prosthetic appliance that will replace your missing tooth.
In order to make the most of your dental implant consultation and get the process off to a smooth start, we ask that you bring a few items with you, including the following:
- Your referral slip from your general dentist: This form should include general information about your case, such as the location of the missing tooth/teeth and the desired treatment.
- Any imaging that you already have: Your dentist may have taken x-rays at an earlier appointment. If so, please bring these to your initial consultation.
- Your dental and medical insurance information: Depending on your specific policy, you may have some coverage to defray some of the costs associated with getting dental implants
You should also be prepared to give the oral surgeon general information about your oral health history and your overall medical history, as well as any allergies that you have – especially those that involve a reaction to anesthesia or pain killers. At some point, the oral surgeon may also request that you present documentation from your physician indicating that you are healthy enough to tolerate the dental implant placement surgery.
Knowing what items to bring to your initial evaluation for dental implants can help you get off to a good start in your treatment process. If you have any questions about this aspect of your care, please call our team at EverSmile to get more information.