Frequently Asked Questions about Implants
What Will Happen On My First Visit?
At the time of your first visit, Dr. Cullen will complete a thorough evaluation and review any radiographs and information received
from your referring dentist.
Please assist us at the time of your initial visit to the office by providing the following information:
- Any information given to you by your referring dentist, including recent x-rays.
- A list of medications you are currently taking (please note that you can fill out your patient registration
and medical history form on our website.)
- If you have dental insurance, please bring any forms or insurance cards with you to the appointment.
Please Note: All patients under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation appointment.
Notify the office if you have a medical condition or concern prior to surgery (e.g. artificial heart valves or joints, heart murmurs requiring
pre-medication, severe diabetes, or hypertension).
We will complete an in-depth medical and dental health history and a thorough examination to measure for bone loss, loose teeth, bite, oral cancer screening, TMJ, and other signs of periodontal disease.
We will also take diagnostic study models and digital photos so that Dr. Cullen can study and plan your case.
Will It Hurt?
It is normal to feel apprehensive about your visit. We assure you we will be as gentle as possible.
Do I Need X-Rays?
We will need gridded x-rays in order to see bone level not otherwise visible. If your referring dentist has taken x-rays, you may request that they be forwarded to us.
What Will It Cost?
Since all patients are different, Dr. Cullen must complete your examination before establishing your treatment plan and the fee for care. The fee for implant therapy can vary considerably depending on the type of problems and the complexity and length of treatment. You will be given a written treatment plan and estimate of all costs involved at your consultation appointment.
When Will I Go Back To My General Dentist?
Our office and your dentist will work closely together. A constant line of communication through phone conversations and letters keep both doctors up to date on your case. After a satisfactory test of the implant we will inform your general dentist that you are ready for your implant restoration. Your general dentist will make the final restoration for your implant.