FAQs About Dental Implants

What are dental implants?

h-perfectSmile2.jpgDental implants are small titanium posts that replace the roots of missing teeth (View Example). They are inserted into your jawbone during a minor surgical procedure that takes place in the dental office. After the implant has been placed in your jawbone, a completely lifelike porcelain tooth crown is attached. In some cases, the implant needs to fuse with the bone for several months before it is permanently crowned; in other cases, you can have new (but temporary) teeth the same day your implants are placed.

How many teeth can be replaced with dental implants?

You can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or all your teeth with implants (View Examples). You don't even need one implant for every missing tooth. As few as two Implants can support a removable lower denture, while as few as four implants can provide a full, permanent set of top or bottom teeth.

Is dental implant surgery painful?

Most people find dental implant surgery very easy to tolerate. Any post-operative discomfort can usually be managed with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or OTC pain-relievers. Ice can also be helpful.

Are dental implants expensive?

At the outset, implants are more expensive than other tooth-replacement methods such as dentures or bridgework. But they also last many years longer and in fact should never need replacement. So they offer the best, most cost-effective option when viewed as a long-term investment in your health, comfort and well-being.

How do you care for dental implants?

They require exactly the same care as natural teeth: daily brushing and flossing, along with regular dental checkups and professional cleanings. Although implant teeth will never decay, the gum tissues around them can become inflamed or infected in the absence of good oral hygiene. Properly cared-for dental implants should last a lifetime.

Can my body reject a dental implant?

Strictly speaking, implants can't be rejected because they contain no living cells or genetically coded material. The titanium of which they are made is completely biocompatible, and allergies are extremely rare. But an implant can fail to integrate with the jawbone if an infection develops in the absence of good oral hygiene, or if it is subjected to biting forces too soon. However, this is rare; implants regularly achieve success rates in excess of 95%.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

There are some medical conditions that would preclude the placement of dental implants, but in general every person with missing teeth is a suitable patient for dental implants.

I am I diabetic. Can I have Dental Implants?

Yes if your diabetes is well controlled.

I am a smoker. Can I have Dental Implants?

Yes, but you must realize that your long-term success rate may be compromised.

What is the success rate for Dental Implants?

The answer is 98% when your treatment has been completed. Long term success rate is significantly dependent on visiting your dental/oral hygienist at least two to three times a year for evaluation, cleaning and any procedures to correct inflammation/chronic infection.

How long is the whole process?

This depends on the individual needs and the extent of the involvement. The shortest time period before the final restoration and the ability to chew any desirable food substance would be 3-4 months.

Is it possible to have teeth in an hour/in a day?

Yes under certain conditions.

Can all surgery be accomplished in one sitting?

We would prefer to do all the surgery at one time.

Will I be leaving with teeth in my mouth?

Yes, if planned in advance of surgery.

Are these implant procedures covered by insurance?

It depends on the plan you have with your insurance company. Sometimes up to 50% is covered by insurance. We are more than willing to submit a pretreatment estimate to your insurance company at the time of your consult to see how much they will cover.

Are there financial plans available for Implants?

Yes, there are a variety of plans.

How much will this cost me?

If you are paying the full amount, each implant is between $1,950 and $2,250, again it depends on the individual requirement and what is needed to provide the best service.

Do you provide sedation for your patients?

Yes, we provide light sedation for patients who desire not to be aware of all the activities particularly if it is a larger surgical procedure.