Frequently Asked Questions on Dental Implants
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is the best option to replace a missing tooth. It is a small cylindrical post that is surgically placed in the jawbone. After 8 to 12 weeks of healing process, a prosthesis such as a crown will be attached to the implant to give you a full functioning and aesthetic tooth.
Who qualify as a good candidate for dental implants?
Almost anyone with one or more missing teeth. You may call our office to book your free consultation, no obligation appointment.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
A dental implant gives you back your missing tooth with all functional and aesthetic aspect of a natural tooth. Dental implants, are made of titanium, have 98% success rate and can last a lifetime. The dental implants:
Restore proper chewing to be able to eat the foods you like which improves diet and health
Improve appearance, speech, and confidence to participate in active lifestyle
Minimally invasive procedure with minor discomfort
How many visits does it take for a dental implant?
Receiving a new tooth using a dental implant is a three steps process. Note that every patient is different and patient results may vary. The entire process takes from 3 to 8 months.
Consultation appointment: we review your medical and dental history, perform a through examination, possible x-rays, and plan the procedure.
Second appointment: the dental implant is placed in the jaw bone. It would take 3 to 4 months for the implant to become stable.
At the 3rd appointment: an abutment is attached to the implant and an impression is taken. In two weeks, the final restoration is delivered.
How painful is getting a dental implant?
The procedure appointment is typically 60 to 90 minutes and since the area will be anesthetized, you can expect not to feel any pain during the procedure. You may feel pressure at times, but it should not cause you discomfort.
How long after dental implants placement can I eat normally?
You will be thoroughly comfortable, via local antiesthetic, through the implant placement process. You will receive the required prescription medications and will be given a complete post operation instruction. Typically, the anesthesia would last for couple of hours when after you may have something to eat. It recommended to eat soft food and avoid hot drinks for 2 days after surgery.
How much do implants cost and does insurance cover the cost?
Dental implant treatment may qualify for some insurance coverage, but situations vary. The cost will vary by patient needs, and bone quantity. If you do not have dental insurance, our office offers an in-house discount plan.
Do dental implant decay, and how long do they last?
Dental implants are not susceptible to dental decay but their long term success can be affected by the gum’s disease.
How are dental implants helpful with the dentures?
Dental implants are widely regarded as the best treatment for loose dentures. Dental implants are designed to make dentures secure and enable you to smile, eat and talk confidently.