FAQs about Dental Implants


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What are dental implants?


Dental 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. They do not require any other treatment like root canal treatment as well. So they offer the best, most cost-effective option when viewed as a long-term investment in your health, comfort and well-being.


Although dental implants come with a hefty initial price tag, their long-term value is unmatched. For patients requiring prerequisite bone grafting or a sinus lift, the cost is greater. While insurance won't necessarily pay for a complete implant process, financing can make dental implants an affordable option for most patients.




Patients can apply for dental implant financing with third party banks or their own private financial institutions. Those who are members of credit unions may qualify for a loan to pay for dental implants. In addition, we accept credit cards, and will split payments made by credit card, over a period of three months or longer. This translates to longer repayment periods for you. For example, most credit cards give you 60 days to pay back a certain payment from the date of payment. If we split the payment in 3 months, you will have 5 months to complete the repayment.



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's a good chance that you are, but this can only be determined after a complete oral examination that includes x-rays of your jaws. Please schedule a consultation to begin the exciting process of restoring your smile and bite.



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