Dental Implants Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions from patients regarding Dental Implants.
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental implants are metal posts surgically placed into the upper and lower jawbone. They are used to replace one or more teeth, and in some occasions, all teeth lost due to disease or an accident.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?
If you are in good general health, have enough jawbone, and don’t use tobacco of any kind, an implant could be a successful treatment option for you.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF DENTAL IMPLANTS?
- They won’t shift or slip in your mouth
- They feel more natural than removable dentures due to their secure fit
- Single tooth implants are stand-alone units and won’t require the treatment of the adjacent teeth.
- They are easier to clean and maintain than bridges and removable dentures
- They can last a lifetime with good oral hygiene
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING THE CONSULTATION AND TREATMENT?
At our consultation visits, we evaluate the areas that may need dental implants, take a three-dimensional x-ray of the jawbone, and walk you through every step of the treatment in detail, along with anesthesia options.
HOW MUCH DO DENTAL IMPLANTS COST? AND DOES MY INSURANCE COVER SOME OF THE COST?
In our office, we use implant brands with over 30 years of success. Your individualized treatment plan will be discussed with our financial coordinator. Insurance plans may vary depending on specialized coverage and our financial coordinators give you an estimated cost breakdown at the time of your visit.
HOW LONG DO DENTAL IMPLANTS LAST?
In properly screened candidates, they are 95-98% successful and can last a lifetime.
WHAT IS ALL-ON-4?
All-On-4 is a treatment used when teeth are not restorable anymore due to severe decay or periodontal disease. The procedure entails placing 4 implants and fixing a new prosthesis to the implants on the same day. The advantage to All-On-4 is that at no point would you be without teeth.
ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS REMOVABLE LIKE DENTURES?
Stand-alone and bridged implants are not removable. However, we’d be happy to discuss with you the option of dentures that sit on implants to give them better support and function.
HOW DO I CARE FOR MY DENTAL IMPLANTS?
The same way you would take care of your natural teeth—brushing and flossing twice a day. You may also be instructed to use special brushes or mouthwashes.