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Dental Implants FAQ’s

1.   What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into the jawbone to replace a missing or damaged tooth. Dental implants never need to be removed and are self-supportive since they are integrated into the bone.

Implants act as the foundation for crowns, replacement teeth, bridges or partials, and have the appearance and feeling of natural teeth.

2.   Am I am candidate for dental implants?
Dental implant technology has progressed to the point where almost anyone can be a prospect
for dental implants if they are missing one or more teeth. Even those with specific health
conditions who may have been told that they were not a candidate for implants, may benefit
from Dr. B’s extensive expertise in the implant procedures.

3.   What are the benefits of implants in comparison to other cosmetic procedures?

  • Dental implants are permanent and never need to be removed from your mouth
  • Dental implants function and feel like natural teeth and therefore allow you to enjoy all types of foods without difficulty
  • Dental implants are easy maintenance and promote oral health
  • Dental implants preserve bone density and prevent collapse of jaw and facial structure
  • Dental implants give you a healthy, comfortable and natural looking and feeling smile

4.   What is the length of treatment time for dental implants?
The traditional implant procedure requires a two-stage process over the course of several
months, however immediate function implants allow for the implant and bone to integrate most
successfully in only one day. In this procedure, the implant, abutment, and replacement teeth
are all inserted in one treatment. Dr. B will discuss which dental implant procedure is best suited
for you when you have your initial consultation.  

5.   Is a dental implant procedure painful?
Typically, bone and gum health, as well as the type and number of implants required,
determines how uncomfortable the procedure will be for the patient. The dental implant
procedure is usually done while the patient is under local anesthesia with conscious sedation,
and most patients do not find this procedure to be any more painful than a regular tooth
extraction. In the Teeth in 1 day dental implant method, there is minimal recovery time and only
mild tenderness the next day. Dr. B will prescribe medication to reduce any discomfort and in
most cases patients can return to their regular schedules by the following day.

6. Who is qualified to place dental implants?

Although any licensed dentist can place a dental implant, it is in your best interest that you
choose a doctor with additional training and expertise in the area of implants. Dr. B is highly
skilled in the placement and restoration of dental implants, as it is a procedure he does quite
frequently.

7. Is it difficult to maintain dental implants?
One of the best parts about dental implants is that they are easy maintenance. Just like natural
teeth, all that is required is regular dental visits and the upkeep of good oral hygiene. It is often
recommended that those with implants should have their teeth cleaned professionally once
every three months.

8. Is there a maximum age to receive dental implants?
Implants can be successful on people of all ages. Having said that, overall health and medical
condition does play a factor when determining which implant treatment plan is best for ederly
people. In some cases, additional testing is required and blood tests or cardiograms may be
taken before deciding which treatment is suitable.

9. What is the success rate for dental implants?
The average success for dental implants is around 95%, depending on the purpose and location
of the implant. A successful dental implant is one which remains anchored for a minimum of five
years.  Typically, the success rate is closer to 100% for tooth implants in the front lower jaw
because the lower jaw bone is denser, and around 85% for tooth implants in the sides and rear
upper jaw.

10. How do dental implants work?
Dental implants act as a tooth root and are attached to the jawbone, operating as the foundation
for new teeth or dentures to be anchored to.

11. What is the expected cost of a dental implant?
With dental implants, the short-term cost appears greater than replacing missing teeth with older
methods, such as bridges; however the long-term cost is usually significantly less because
implants last longer and present fewer complications. Being that each patient is unique, Dr. B
will thoroughly examine your case with his skill and vast knowledge of implant procedures in
order to determine actual cost. For your convenience, financing can be arranged and we accept
all forms of payment at our office.

12. Will insurance cover dental implant costs?
Dental implants themselves are considered elective procedures and therefore only some costs
associated with the procedures may be covered. Our staff is here to help you arrange a
payment plan that works for you, so please contact our office regarding financing.

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