Image of Dental ImplantChoosing the right oral surgeon is crucial if you are considering dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth. Having a good rapport with your surgeon is essential, but their experience and the quality of care offered by their practice are also crucial. At your initial consultation with an oral surgeon, there are six questions you should ask to determine whether they are the right surgeon for you.

1.   How long have you been an oral surgeon?

Experience counts, especially when performing complex surgical procedures like implant placement. Dr. Valiente has been an oral surgeon for nearly 30 years. He continues to pursue advanced education and training and offers his patients the latest dental implant procedures.

2.   What are my sedation options?

Dental implant placement is invasive surgery. The level of sedation you require for the procedure will depend on your level of anxiety, overall health, and other factors. Be sure the oral surgeon you choose offers the full range of sedation options, including local anesthetics, nitrous oxide analgesia (laughing gas), or office-based general anesthesia. Dr. Valiente offers the full range of sedation and will discuss those options with you in detail at your first appointment.

3.   What are the risks of dental implant surgery?

Your oral surgeon should discuss the risks of implant surgery with you. Although the risks involved with dental implant placement are low, they are not risk-free. A qualified and trustworthy surgeon should explain the potential risks and side effects and how they will address possible complications, if necessary. Dr. Valiente is honest and upfront about these and will answer any questions regarding the risks and potential side effects.

4.   Will I need bone grafting?

Some patients need bone grafting to build up the jawbone prior to placing dental implants or at the time of dental implant placement. You will likely need bone grafts if your teeth have been missing for a year or more. Also, ask about what type of donor bone they will use. Dr. Valiente has performed hundreds of bone grafting procedures and uses bone morphogenetic protein to eliminate the need for donor bone and ensure rapid healing.

5.   Do you offer PRP?

Not every oral surgeon offers Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), a blood by-product rich in platelets that significantly accelerates the healing process. PRP is derived from your own blood during oral surgery and introduced back into your body at the surgical site to promote healing. Dr. Valiente offers PRP to his patients when appropriate to optimize healing and reduce recovery time.

6.   How long will the dental implant process take?

Oral surgeons should explain the time commitment required for dental implants. While the surgery may only take a few hours, complete osseointegration and healing after surgery take several weeks to several months. Even if a surgeon advertises “Teeth in a Day,” this simply means that the prosthetic teeth are attached to the implants on the same day. Healing will still take weeks to months. Dr. Valiente walks patients through the timeline for dental implants, clearly explaining each step and how long it will take.

Getting dental implants can restore your ability to eat, speak, and smile. The right oral surgeon can make your recovery go smoothly and the process successful. Don’t be afraid to ask questions to ensure your oral surgeon can provide excellent, compassionate care for successful results.

 

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