What To Expect At Your Consultation
What Happens During Your First Visit to Apple Dental Implant Centre?
Dental implants can dramatically change your smile, giving you confidence and comfort that you haven’t experienced in years. If you’re thinking about getting dental implants, you can schedule a free discussion with Apple Dental Implant Centre to learn more.
At Apple Dental Implant Centres we offer a free discussion of implant options during your first visit that allows you to explore the possibilities and process of getting dental implants – with no commitment. Our goal is to provide you with transparent information that will help you make an informed decision about your own outcome.
During this visit, we will sit down with you to answer any and all questions that you may have about implants. This includes addressing:
- Why you’re looking for implants.
- How implants will improve your life.
- Whether implants may be a viable option for your dental concerns.
- Other procedures that might assist with your dental problems.
- What you should expect if you choose to get dental implants.
- How dental implants are handled at the Apple Dental Implant Centre.
- We will take photographs of your teeth during this visit, so we can better assess your situation and give you the most detailed information possible.
- If you have previously received an estimate or quote from another provider, feel free to bring this information with you. We’re happy to review it and let you know if our assessment and quote differs.
- We will also ask you if you’d like to proceed with a CT scan after discussing your implant options. You will be advised that there is a $100 charge for the scan. Learn more about this here.
Keep reading below for more details and FAQs.
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Why Do I Need a CT Scan with dental implants, and What Does That Cost?
A CT scan provides us with valuable information about your bone structure and suitability for dental implants. While photographs can show us the visible placement of the teeth, only a CT scan will allow us to see what’s beneath the gums. The CT scan helps us determine the quality and thickness of the jaw bone, so we know if it’s strong enough to support implants in its current condition.
The scan will also show us where your nerve trunk is located in the lower jaw and how close your sinuses are in the upper jaw. When placing dental implants, it’s important for us to locate and avoid these during the implantation process.
There is a $100 charge for the CT scan, so you should be aware that the scan in not included in the free discussion of implant. This cost is less than you’d pay elsewhere, because we can do it in-house. This scan is the next step in assessing your implant needs and eligibility and the CT scan is also required if you want to proceed with an implant procedure. In other words, the scan is a required step in both assessing your case, as well as for proceeding with your case. So, the scan is a separate charge for a required service that is not included in either the free discussion of your options or in the cost of an actual implant procedure.
What’s the Next Step after the CT scan?
After we’ve completed your CT scan, we can provide you with a detailed assessment of your individual case. We can let you know whether you’re a good candidate for implants, how many implants we would like to place, and what the process will be for those implants. A straightforward case can typically be handled in just four months from start to finish.
At this point in the process, we will provide you with a treatment plan and cost estimate. This breaks down what you will need to pay and when these payments are due. Typically, patients pay for each service as it is rendered. Getting dental implants is a two-step process, so you would pay only for the implants themselves when they are placed. Crowns are added later. You will not be expected to pay for the crowns until they are placed, approximately four months after you get the implants.
What is the Process of Getting Dental Implants?
At Apple Dental Implant Centres we use a dynamic guide to direct the drill when we are placing your implants. This provides exact placement. While some dentists prefer to freehand the placement process, we believe that working with a guide offers better accuracy and patient safety when drilling around nerve trunks or sinuses.
It takes about four months for the bone to heal around the screw we implant. Once the healing is complete, you will return for your crowns.
Are There Factors That May Change My Experience of Getting Dental Implants?
Some patients require additional procedures before we can place the implants. If the bone is too thin, we may need to perform a bone graft to widen or thicken it. If your sinuses are too low, we can perform a sinus lift to move them out of the way. These procedures typically add two to four months to your total process time when getting dental implants.
Tooth extractions are often needed before placing implants as well. In some cases, we can place the implant immediately after the extraction, handling it all in one visit. If there is an infection, however, we will delay implant placement for six to eight weeks to allow the infection to clear.
Every case is different, so we strive to provide you with the personalized information you need to make the best decision for your individual case. If you’re ready to learn more about getting dental implants, book your no-charge discussion of your implant options.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there any pain or discomfort involved?
Most patients report that there is a very little discomfort and that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they anticipated. Implants are placed in a very gentle fashion and care is taken to the various tissues involved. Anesthesia and patient sedation are used to eliminate any discomfort during the procedure. We may recommend that you speak with another patient who has already had tooth replacement therapy to assess their personal experience.
How will I benefit from dental implants?
The benefits of implant treatment include appearance, the enhanced ability to chew and enjoy your food and often protection of you remaining teeth and jawbone. Dental implants offer many benefits never before available for the treatments of missing teeth. In short, dental implants will look, feel and function like your real teeth.
How long will the treatment take?
Treatment time will vary depending on your particular situation. Nowadays it is often possible to get well-functioning and aesthetic looking teeth within a few days. In some cases it may be necessary to wait longer before finishing the restoration in order to obtain an optimal result.
Will I ever be without my teeth?
This depends on your situation. Most patients can leave the office wearing some type of temporary prosthesis.
How much will it cost?
The fee for tooth replacement with dental implants will depend on several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of implants required to support your replacement teeth. It is important for you to know that you do not necessarily need an implant for each missing root. Some additional procedures may be required prior to the placement of your implants to ensure the long-term health of your dental implants. To obtain a specific fee estimate, you should request a consultation so we can examine your mouth. After a diagnostic examination, we will recommend the treatment that is best for you and give you a good idea of what your investment cost would be for the procedure.
How long do implants last?
Most patients can expect them to last for a lifetime. The first patient received his dental implants in 1965 and they remained functioning until his passing in 2006 – more than 40 years.
How do implants compare to normal dentures?
Dental implants provide an improvement in the quality of life that dentures can’t provide. A survey was conducted of patients who had their teeth extracted and fitted with dentures, then eventually had their dentures replaced with implants.
While they rated their natural teeth highest at 10, dentures rated lowest at 2 and implants were rated 9. Your friends won’t know you have implants but more than likely, you will tell everyone.