Asking the Right Questions
If you’re looking for the best way to replace your missing teeth, dental implants deliver benefits you won’t get with any other restoration. Dental implants are really comfortable and they provide exceptional chewing power, allowing you to eat your favorite foods.
Dr. Stephen Alfano in Balboa Island has implant solutions to restore any number of missing teeth.
When choosing an implant provider, it’s important to find the right person for the job. That’s why we’ve put together this helpful guide for choosing the best dentist to fix your smile.
Do Your Homework
Dental implants are a revolutionary way to eliminate the gaps in your smile caused by missing teeth. Learning as much as you can about the implant process will help you make an informed decision.
It’s also a good idea to review the dentist’s qualifications. You should be able to find information about the dentist’s experience, education, and dental implant training in the Meet Your Dentist section of their website.
If this information is not easily available, you might want to reconsider whether you should choose them as an implant provider.
Questions to Ask a Potential Implant Provider
Dental implants are a significant investment in your health and overall happiness. You have every right to ask as many relevant questions as you want. Here are some suggestions:
What type of technology do you use?
Implant surgery is an important part of the implant process. It’s essential to place your implants in the ideal location to optimize their performance.
Dr. Alfano features advanced imaging equipment and computer-milled surgical guides to make sure we place your implants in the ideal location to ensure long-term success.
Are you a prosthodontist?
Prosthodontics is one of ten dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA). Unlike regular dentists, prosthodontists have years of special training dedicated to repairing and replacing missing or damaged teeth using prosthetic devices. Dr. Alfano is a board-certified prosthodontist.
Which professional organizations do you belong to?
The professional organizations a dentist belongs to will tell you a lot about their qualifications. For example, Dr. Alfano is a member of the following:
- The American College of Prosthodontists
- The American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics
- The Academy of Osseointegration
Will any supplemental treatments be required?
In some cases, a patient who’s a good candidate for dental implants requires a little extra help to get ready for the implant process. During your consultation, Dr. Alfano will tell you if you require any additional treatments such as bone grafting or treatment for gum disease before we restore your missing teeth.
We’ll also inform you about how this will affect your cost of treatment and your treatment schedule.
What are my payment and financing options?
A good implant provider will fully inform you about your payment and financing options before they start placing your implants. Dr. Alfano’s staff is trained to help you get the most out of your benefits, making your new smile as affordable as possible.
Your Implant Dentist in Newport Beach, CA
Ready to learn more about dental implants? Call (949)630-0972 today and one of our friendly team members will be happy to answer your questions. We can’t wait to meet you and help you with your smile.