Dental Implants: What Patients Want to Know

Dental implants let dentists give patients replacement teeth that are as good as natural teeth. But patients have a lot of unanswered questions about the tooth implant process. Patients getting dental implants have lots of questions about the procedure, reveals a recent survey. However, many dentists feel patients don't ask the right questions. Patients are most likely to ask their dental implant dentist, "How much do tooth implants cost?" This is, of course, an important question. Dental implant surgery can be quite expensive, depending on how many teeth are being replaced. Patients intent on saving money might instead choose a dental bridge or affordable dentures. The next most common question patients ask is, "Are dental implants painful?" Dental implant surgery is indeed a surgical procedure (performed by a periodontist). However, the surgery and recovery process are not typically painful. Implantologists feel that patients sometimes neglect to ask the most important questions. Dentists recommend asking, "Am I a good candidate for dental implants?" Some patients, such as those who smoke or have certain diseases, are not good candidates, as dental implants are more likely to fail in these patients. Another important question is, "How can I find a qualified and experienced dental implant dentist?" Find a dentist websites, personal recommendations, or referrals from other dental professionals are all good resources. It's equally as important to discuss the dentist's qualifications; the best implant dentists will have lots of experience and few failures. Denture dentists also recommend asking, "How can implants help hold in my partial or denture?" Dental implants can help hold the lower removable denture firmly in place, making it easier to chew, eat and talk. The standard of care is having at least 2 dental implants to hold in the lower denture. Patients should also consider asking about any alternatives. Implant therapy is great, but some patients may be better served by conventional prosthetics such as a fixed bridge, removable bridge, fixed partial denture, or removable denture. "Dental implants are the best false teeth money can buy," said Dr Phyllis Cook, "But that doesn't mean they're ideal for everyone. Patients need to discuss dental implant therapy with their dentist, and know which questions to ask."  In this survey, we asked dentists what questions dental implant patients do ask -- and which questions they should ask! Overall, patients' top questions were: "How much do dental implants cost?" and "Will dental implant surgery be painful?" Dentists have a somewhat different perspective. According to dental implant dentists, the most important question to ask is, "Am I a good candidate for dental implants?" What questions do dental implant patients most commonly ask?
  • How much do dental implants cost?
  • How long do implants last?
  • Are implants painful?
  • How long will it take to get my new teeth?
  • Does dental insurance cover implant surgery?
What questions should dental implant patients be asking?
  • Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
  • What are the potential complications of dental implant therapy?
  • How much dental implant experience does the doctor have?
  • What is the healing time for implants?
  • Can implants improve my appearance?
Please call Dr Phyllis Cook to set up an appointment to help answer any questions on dental implants. 910-256-8486 or email