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Dental Implant Consultation: What to Expect And How to Prepare

Dental implant consultation is essential when considering dental implants as a replacement for missing teeth or other oral issues. During the consultation, your dentist will determine if dental implants are the right option for you. They will also explain the procedure in detail.

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots placed into the jawbone. They provide a strong foundation for supporting crowns, bridges, and dentures.

There are many reasons why someone might need dental implants. This includes replacing the natural tooth root due to decay or injury, restoring support to facial structures, and preventing bone loss in the jaw.

This blog post will explore what to expect during a dental implant consultation and how to prepare for the procedure.

Summary of the Content

  • Dental implant consultation is essential when considering dental implants. Your dentist will assess your oral health, discuss relevant medical history, take diagnostic images and assess jawbone density and shape.

  • Individuals with missing teeth should consider dental implants. They’re a long-lasting treatment for restoring their smile.

  • Preparation for the consultation involves gathering medical records and discussing goals with your dentist.

  • During the consultation, your dentist will review your medical history. They will check your teeth, gums and jawbone and recommend a personalised treatment plan. Your dentist will also discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure.

  • Consultations are essential in making an informed decision about your treatment plan.

  • The types of implants available are endosteal, subperiosteal, and zygomatic.

  • Aftercare involves attending regular follow-up appointments and practising good oral hygiene. You should also follow dietary restrictions and take over-the-counter pain medication.

What Is a Dental Implant Consultation?

During the consultation, your dentist will discuss your dental and medical history, review your current oral health and condition, and take digital imaging to assess your jawbone’s density and shape. This helps them make a recommendation regarding the type of implant that would suit your needs. Your dentist will also explain the dental implant process, including potential risks and benefits, so you’ll know what to expect during each step.

Who Should Consider Getting Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a good tooth replacement option for people who have lost one or more teeth due to injury, decay, or periodontal disease.

  • Individuals with missing teeth.
    Dental implants can help restore your smile and improve your ability to chew and speak if you have one or more missing teeth.

  • Individuals who wear dentures.
    If you wear dentures, implant teeth can help improve the stability and fit of your dentures.

  • Individuals who have bone loss.
    If you have lost bone mass in your jaw because of missing teeth, dental implants can help prevent further bone loss and maintain the structure of your jaw. They can also prevent your adjacent teeth from moving.

  • Individuals who want a long-lasting solution. Artificial teeth implants are a durable and long-lasting solution to missing teeth, making them a great option for dental patients.

It’s important to note that dental implants may not be suitable for everyone. A consultation with a dental professional can help determine if dental implants are the right treatment option for you.

Preparing for the Consultation

Preparing for an initial consultation can help you make the most of your appointment. This ensures you get all the information you need to make an informed decision about your treatment.

  • Gather medical records.
    Before the consultation, gather relevant medical records to show your dentist. This includes previous medical records, prescription medications, or X-rays.

  • Discuss concerns with your dentist.
    Come prepared to discuss your concerns and goals for your dental implant procedure. This helps your dentist tailor the treatment to your needs.

  • Ask questions.
    Prepare a list of questions to ask during your consultation. These may include questions about the dental implant procedure, recovery time, risks, and costs.

The Consultation Process

During your dental implant consultation, a dental professional will evaluate your oral health to determine if you’re a good candidate for dental treatment. The consultation involves several steps, including:

  • Medical history review.
    Your dentist will review your medical history, including medications you’re taking, allergies, and past medical or dental procedures.

  • Oral examination.
    Your dentist will check your teeth, gums, and jawbone to assess the extent of tooth loss and the sustainability of the jawbone for implant placement. They will also assess your dental care routine and determine if you need to adjust it.

  • Discussion of treatment options.
    Your dentist will recommend a personalised treatment plan based on your oral health and imaging results. This includes the number of implants needed, the type of implant, and the right approach for implant placement.

Benefits of a Consultation

A dental implant consultation has several benefits, including:

  • Personalised treatment plan.
    The consultation lets your dentist personalise your treatment plan. By tailoring the tooth implant process, your dentist can ensure ideal outcomes.

  • Understanding the risks and benefits.
    This allows you to make an informed decision about the treatment and understand the potential complications that may arise.

  • Opportunity to ask questions.
    The dental implant consultation allows you to ask a qualified health practitioner questions about your treatment plan. You can voice your concerns to help alleviate anxiety about the procedure.

The implant consultation evaluates your oral health and allows the fabrication of a personalised treatment plan. By understanding the risks and benefits of the procedure and having the opportunity to ask questions, you can make an informed decision about whether dental implants are the right choice for you.

Types of Dental Implants

There are several types of dental implants available. Each with its unique characteristics and benefits. The main types of dental implants are:

  • Endosteal implants are the most common dental implant, and they are embedded into the jawbone. They can be cylindrical or tapered and are made of titanium. Titanium is biocompatible and allows the tooth implant to fuse with the bone over time. Endosteal implants are suitable for patients with healthy jawbones and adequate bone density.

  • Subperiosteal implants are placed on top of the jawbone and under the gum tissue. They consist of a metal frame that attaches to the natural bone and protrudes through the gums to hold the replacement tooth. Subperiosteal implants are used for patients who do not have enough healthy jawbones to support traditional implants.

  • Zygomatic implants are placed into the cheekbone or “zygoma” instead of the jawbone. They are used for patients who do not have enough healthy jawbones to support traditional implants. Zygomatic implants are a more complex procedure. They require a high skill level from an experienced dentist.

Please bear in mind that implants aren’t a one-size fits all solution. Some people may need other procedures, such as bone grafting or a sinus lift, for their implants to work. Consult your dentist to see which implant is right for you.

The type of dental implant suitable for you depends on several factors, including:

  • Oral health. The condition of your teeth and gums determines if you’re a good candidate for dental implant surgery.

  • Jaw bone density. Patients with healthy jawbones and adequate bone density are good candidates for endosteal implants. Patients with low bone density or a weak bone structure may need subperiosteal implants or a bone graft before implant placement.

  • Anatomical considerations. The location of missing teeth and the shape of your jawbone influence what type of implant is suited for you.

  • Patient preference. Patients may prefer a particular type of implant. This is based on factors such as the duration of treatment, the number of appointments required, and the cost.

Your dentist will consider all these factors to ensure you reap the benefits of dental implants.

Risks and Complications

Dental implant surgery is an invasive procedure with inherent risks and potential complications. Although dental implants have a high success rate, there are risks associated with them.

  • Infection is one of the most common complications of dental implant surgery. If not managed, it can lead to severe pain, swelling, and loss of adjacent teeth. In severe cases, it can spread to other areas of the body.

  • Nerve damage can occur due to poor implant placement. Damage to the inferior alveolar nerve results in numbness of your natural teeth, gums, lips, or chin.

  • Sinus problems can also be an issue when it comes to dental implants. Dental implants placed in the upper jaw can sometimes protrude into the sinus cavities, causing sinus problems and discomfort.

  • Bone loss may happen if the implant is not properly placed or maintained. This can compromise the stability of the implant.

  • Gum recession can occur around the implant site, which can expose the implant and make it more susceptible to damage or infection.

  • Allergic reactions to dental implants are rare but still possible. They result from an allergic response to the material used in the implant, including titanium alloy and other metals. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include redness and swelling around the implant site, itching, rash, hives, pain, and/or fever. A person may experience difficulty breathing or swallowing caused by anaphylaxis.

  • Implant failure may result from the failure of implants to fuse with the jawbone.

Alternatives to Dental Implants

Dental implants have become popular due to their longevity and cost-effectiveness. But they are not the only option available for missing teeth.


Dentures, or “false teeth,” are removable prosthetic devices that replace missing teeth. They consist of acrylic resin on a gum-coloured base, held in place with dental adhesives or clasps. The pros of traditional dentures include being inexpensive and easy to care for. Some cons include having to be replaced due to wear and tear, potential irritation of the gums and discomfort when speaking or eating.

Dental Bridge

Bridges are another form of tooth replacement that mimics real teeth. A bridge is an artificial tooth made of porcelain fused to metal held in place by crowns on either side of the gap left by the missing tooth. Dental bridges are more expensive than dentures but have greater longevity. They last up to 15 years with proper care. The pros of bridges include improved aesthetics. Some cons include the need for healthy abutment teeth for support and difficulty cleaning around the bridge.

Before deciding which type of tooth replacement is right for you, tell your dentist about your needs and goals. Each option has its pros and cons. Consider budget constraints, desired lifespan, comfort level, and aesthetic outcomes.


Once the dental implant process is completed, proper care is needed to ensure your implants heal.

  • Attend regular follow-up appointments.
    These appointments occur one week, two weeks, three months, six months, and one year and then at least once a year after that. During these follow-up appointments, your dentist will check the status of your implants. This helps them ensure there is no risk of infection or other issues.

  • Practice good dental care.
    This includes brushing and flossing twice a day and using mouthwash daily. You should also visit your dentist for professional cleanings twice yearly to remove plaque from your implant sites.

  • Follow dietary restrictions.
    Avoid hard or crunchy foods during the healing process. These foods may damage the titanium dental implant. Food that requires a lot of chewing should also be avoided until healing is complete. Once you’ve recovered, you can enjoy your favourite foods once more.

  • Over-the-counter medication.
    These symptoms can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and ice packs. Patients should rest as much as possible and avoid strenuous activities for the first few days. You should also avoid putting pressure on the implant site, such as chewing or biting down hard.

Final Thoughts

Understanding the dental implant consultation process is vital to ensure you make an informed decision about your smile. Consultations inform you about the benefits of dental implants. They also explain the different types of implants and alternatives available. Consultations also help set realistic expectations and goals for the treatment.

Scheduling a consultation with our team of dentists is your first step towards getting a beautiful smile. West Perth Dental Care is fully equipped with modern facilities for dental implant services. So book a complimentary consultation with West Perth Dental Centre and continue your journey towards healthy teeth!

Dr. Michael Wu


Dr. Michael Wu

Dr. Michael Wu holds a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Western Australia. He never stops learning and regularly attends post-graduate education seminars, courses, and conferences to ensure he is providing his patients with excellent dental care.

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