Before pursuing any medical procedure, it is important that you understand what is at stake. You require the same understanding before giving consent to get dental implants.
Blueskydenstist.com suggests asking 5 questions before getting dental implants in Northern Ireland – or anywhere, for that matter.
1. Why do I need dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial teeth placed on the gum in place of a missing tooth. A doctor may, therefore, recommend that you get a dental implant if you already have a missing tooth or if you have an infected tooth that requires extraction hence leaving a gap.
The need will be determined after a close examination that entails questions on your dental hygiene, your dental health history and in some cases x-rays of your teeth.
2. What will the procedure entail?
Seek a detailed discussion on the treatment stages, types of implants, the timeframe for the treatment and use of anaesthesia among others. It will help you prepare psychologically for the procedure.
3. How much will it cost?
The cost is a crucial part of any medical procedure. Most insurance companies cover dental treatments either partially or not at all. If you have an insurance cover, find out to what extent it will cover you. Otherwise, enquire on alternative payment plans.
4. What should I expect after undergoing the procedure?
The primary aim here is for you to prepare adequately in regards to finances, time and anticipating any changes in lifestyle. Find out how many follow-up visits you will have, should you anticipate any pain afterwards and whether you will be put on medication.
5. Can I have a written summary of the treatment plan?
Once you have conclusively agreed to get the implant, it is prudent to ask for a written summary of the treatment plan. This should give details of your current dental state and highlight the anticipated treatment procedures and costs. It also serves as your treatment contract.
Never proceed with any medical procedure without understanding what it entails. You need to know why you need it, how it will be carried out, how it will help manage a problem, how it will improve your health, and what the costs and payment procedures are.