Reading dental implant reviews online will attract a mix of positive and negative feedback, and these patient experiences will be based on a number of different factors unique to each case, including the writer’s own biases. Let’s take a look at how you can take an objective approach to reviews as you try to find the most suitable tooth replacement for your needs.
But first a bit of background
First introduced in the 1960s, dental implants are a very beneficial tooth replacement because they look and perform so much like natural teeth. The end result is usually highly impressive but patients take different routes to achieve it, and it is more challenging for some than others. Thankfully the advent of digital dental implant technology has smoothed out a number of these challenges, making the procedure more accessible and safer for a wider group of people.
There are a great number of variables that influence a patient’s dental implant experience, and all of these would influence a user’s review so let’s consider them.
Were Quality Dental Implants Used In The Procedure?
Just like everything available on the market, not all dental implants are created equal. There are a few options in each budget range and while it may be tempting to go for the cheapest dental implant, it’s not always the best long term solution. Very often the quality of the product is reflected in dental implants cost and you get what you pay for.
High quality dental implants are cast from titanium and should last for the rest of your lifetime with proper care. Lower quality dental implants may very well have a shorter lifespan and may need to be replaced a lot sooner – or even more than once. If it doesn’t perform well, or is too small it could lead to further complications that could be avoided.
If your dentist has recommended dental implants find out what brands of implants are available to you and what their expected lifespan is. Your dentist may have more than one option to offer you. Find out how they compare and if there are any drawbacks you should be aware of.
Did You Work With An Experienced Practitioner?
Another popular trend that patients are using to cut dental implants cost is to travel to locations like Thailand and Bali, in order to have a cheaper procedure and beachside getaway.
If a reviewer has booked one of these implant procedures, there is a great chance he or she was left feeling underwhelmed. Often the standards overseas are not the same as those that govern local dental practitioners and communication can be a challenge. Add to that the difficulty of post-surgical care across the oceans, and it’s no wonder that these patients’ expectations are not met.
Sometimes foreign doctors use implant brands whose spare parts are not available when the patient returns home, making post-surgical care even more challenging.
Find out what your practitioner’s experience is and ask what his or her individual success rate is. By taking a proactive stance you can influence the outcome of your dental implant procedure.
Was The Patient Assessed Comprehensively?
Not every patient is a suitable candidate for dental implants in the first place. This is for good reason too – if you are not eligible it is because there is a high likelihood that the implant will fail.
If you have untreated gum disease, or unmanaged chronic conditions like diabetes, or if you are a smoker, there is a great chance that your implants will fail. Also in the event that your jaw bone is not thick enough, it will not be able to create a solid foundation for your implant and you will need a bone graft before you can move forward.
In the event that any of these checkpoints were missed during the assessment, and the reviewing patient did go ahead with implant surgery, the experience probably wasn’t great and the surgery carried a high chance of failure from the offset, and not because the procedure was flawed.
Was The Patient Given A Comprehensive Treatment Plan?
At Evergreen Dental we believe in educating our patients as much as possible and this translates into creating customised treatment plans that detail each step of the process, as well as the associated costs. This is important because many patients often underestimate the time it takes to complete an implant procedure.
It is only when they see each step detailed on a piece of paper and have the process explained that they realise what it entails.
The treatment plan also includes risk factors for dental implant surgery, and ensuring the patient is aware of those risk factors and how they apply to your own personal circumstances.
Did The Practitioner Make Use Of Digital Dental Implants?
Patients who are insufficiently briefed or communicated with about their procedure may not realise that some post-surgical recovery is required. If the practitioner follows the traditional procedure of making an incision and stitching it up again, there is probably going to be some swelling, bruising and a bit of bleeding in the days that follow.
These side effects are generally mild and manageable but to the patient who isn’t expecting it or the patient with a low pain threshold, it could result in some compounded agitation, and this generally makes its way into online reviews.
Evergreen Dental is pleased to offer our patients the latest in digital dental technology, which can minimise these side effects significantly. Our accredited dental practitioners make use of digital imaging and technological guidance to get an accurate and efficient placement for your implant.
Then, instead of cutting into your gum (and subsequently elevating your risk of nerve damage, pain, bleeding and infection), they make holes at the site that the implant is required in. it is minimally invasive and doesn’t require stitching up afterwards either – because the dental implant is screwed into the keyhole, and your gums are still intact.
The benefits of digital implant technology include
A faster procedure time
On average one or two implants can be placed in as little as 20 minutes.
A greater degree of accuracy
Because the practitioner is using digital scanning technology it is quicker to find the correct site, and easier to ensure that nerves and other teeth are not interfered with in the process.
A faster recovery time
Not needing to recover and heal from surgery is much kinder on your body and much easier to recover from afterwards. This means you can go back to eating normally faster and have confidence in your smile much sooner after the procedure.
More patients can benefit from it
Patients who have previously been ineligible for implant surgery because of diabetes or chronic conditions may be able to utilise digital implants.
Making use of high quality dental implants, placed by an experienced and accredited dental practitioner in a patient who is suitable for implant surgery is the way to go. It is even better if digital dental implant technology is employed because this manages even more risk and makes the procedure safer.
Still have questions about dental implant surgery? An informed patient typically has a better experience! Stop reading dental implant reviews online and speak to a professional: (02) 8074 3849.