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Dental Implants FAQ
Almost everyone is missing at least one tooth. Wanting good health and a beautiful, natural smile is a candidate for dental implant treatment. There are few medical conditions that can undermine the success of implant treatment, such as uncontrolled diabetes. Quality and quantity of available bone for implant placement is more often a factor in qualifying for dental implants than medical conditions. However, even people who have lost significant amount of bone can qualify for dental implant treatment with additional procedures to add bone or create new bone. Advances in this type of treatment have made it possible for thousands of patients, who would not previously have been considered candidates, to have successful implant procedures.
Most of our patients report that they feel very little, if any pain during the procedure. We have many options available to us to make sure you feel comfortable during the procedure.
Also, when you leave our office, you’ll get a prescription if necessary. Plus, we’ll call to make sure you are not in any abnormal amount of discomfort. Our goal is to give you stronger, more comfortable dentistry!
You will notice a difference almost immediately. However, the entire process can take anywhere between 3-9 months to complete. This depends on the type, and quantity of implants you need, along with the quality of bone in which the implants are placed. There are treatment options that are faster, such as dentures; however, none of these traditional methods prevent bone loss, or give the type of natural look and feel like implants do.
No. In fact, it is possible to replace all of the lower teeth with an over denture that is supported by only 2-4 implants. On the other hand, sometimes it might work to your advantage to replace your back teeth with an implant for each tooth to provide additional strength.
Great question. Your overall health and your desire to improve the quality of life are much more important things to look at than your age. We currently have patients from 40 years old to 70 + years old. There have been reports of people who are in their 90′s and having this procedure done with no problems.
Most research has shown that implants have been successful for over 30 years. However, our goal is to make them so they last a lifetime. This is much improved from dentures, which are 5 years, and/or bridges where the expected time of use is between 7-10 years.
Yes. Even though dental implants have over a 95% success rate, there is still a very small chance that they won’t completely bond. When this occurs, new implants are placed and the success rates for the replacement implants are even higher. When we replace the implants, we keep working for FREE until we get it right. The only thing you need to do is make sure you come in for your regularly scheduled visits so that we can keep your gums and teeth healthy, which will prevent most problems.
Many people call and ask us, How much is one implant going to cost? I wish it was that simple. The only way to determine actual cost is by coming in for a consultation and examination to find out if you have bone loss, if you’ll need one, two, or more implants.
The actual cost of implant treatment is based on a number of factors, such as the number of teeth being replaced, the type of treatment option recommended and whether additional procedures are necessary to achieve the proper esthetic and functional results.
Insurance coverage depends on your individual policy. Most policies do not give substantial coverage.Although most companies exclude implants as a covered benefit, many of them will pay the same benefit they would cover for the lowest cost alternative treatment option (partials and dentures) and some for the diagnostic records, if a specific request is made for alternative benefits.