I read this article by Jim Du Molin and thought it might be interesting to readers and my patients.
We (I’m assuming Jim Du Molin) conducted a survey that asked dentists what questions
dental patients ask when considering getting implants. It turns out that there’s a real difference between the questions dental implant patients do ask — and which questions they should be asking.
Dentists responded with the following . . .
The top 5 questions dental patients ask –
- How much do dental implants cost?
- How long do dental implants last?
- Are implants painful?
- How long will it take to get my new teeth?
- Does dental insurance cover implant surgery?
Versus . . .
The top 5 questions dentists want patients to ask –
- Am I a good candidate for implants?
- What are the potential complications of dental implant therapy?
- How much implant experience does the doctor have?
- What is the healing time for my implants?
- Can implants improve my appearance?
Many dental implant patients seem to have the same questions about dental implant therapy. Unfortunately, these questions aren’t necessarily the ones dentists think they should be asking.
There is really a disconnect between the doctor and patient. This really is no surprise, since patients are thinking about how
they are going to pay for the implants, and whether the procedure will be painful.
But doctors can’t afford not to address the primary concerns of the patient first: cost and pain.
One dentist wrote, “Long term, when the conditions are favorable, proper bone density, height and width, proper
biomechanical considerations, proper occlusal load. A dental implant is more cost effective over a 3 unit bridge. However, when the above conditions are not meet — the 3 unit bridge (with sufficient ferule, impressions taken with custom made tray and properly impressioned, properly articulated, preprosthetic endodontic treatment performed by an endodontist, core-restoration — not in composite) will be more cost effective (for the patient).”
If you would like to learn more about implants and your candidacy please call or email your question.
Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC
ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD
Hanna Orland, DMD
3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
Chamblee, GA 30341
290 Carpenter Drive, 200A
Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328
References from <http://www.thewealthydentist.com/blog/1509/survey-what-questions-do-patients-ask-about-dental-implants/>
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- Mini Dental Implants (therightsmile.wordpress.com)
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- The future of Implant Dentistry is here now. (therightsmile.wordpress.com)