Dental Implants Frequently Asked Questions
Are dental implants safe?
Though many patients are just hearing about dental implants for the first time, they have been used for replacing teeth for over 30 years and have a success rate of over 98%. Dental implant procedures are considered to be some of the most predictable oral surgery procedures. Oral surgeons are highly qualified and train extensively in the placement of dental implants. When you visit our office for treatment, you can be sure that you are in safe hands.
How much do dental implants cost?
Dental implant costs are largely dependent on several factors, including the number and position of the teeth that need to be replaced, the procedure and anesthesia you choose, your insurance coverage, and more. With so many variants, the cost for dental implants differs with almost every patient. The best way to get a specific estimate of cost for your dental implant procedure is to visit our office for a consultation. Once we have met with you and assessed your condition and treatment needs, we can provide you with your implant costs.
Will the procedure hurt?
Most patients choose to undergo IV anesthesia during their dental implant placement because it allows them to sleep comfortably while we perform the surgery. Patients who choose this method typically report they don’t even remember falling asleep, let alone remember anything about the procedure. We will be sure to choose the right type of anesthesia to make sure you don’t feel any pain during the process.
Following the implant placement, you may experience minor discomfort. Our doctors will prescribe you with a narcotic to help with this pain, but most patients report that pain was so minimal they didn’t end up needing the medicine.
How long will my dental implants last? Do I need to take special care of them?
One of the many benefits of dental implants is that they can last a lifetime if properly taken care of. And proper care for dental implants is much easier than most people expect. Dental implants are designed to both look and function just like natural teeth. This is great for your oral health and smile, but it is also great for your care routine because they can be treated just like natural teeth as well. This means that caring for your dental implants is as easy as caring for your natural teeth — flossing once a day and brushing twice a day should be enough care to keep your dental implants healthy and permanent.
How long does the dental implant process take?
The dental implant process differs for every patient depending on how many teeth they need replacing and if they need additional procedures. For patients with more extensive tooth loss, the process may take longer if they require bone grafting procedures or more teeth placed at separate times. Typically, the process of receiving dental implants is only a few months and requires just two visits to our office. The first procedure is for our oral surgeon to place the implant post. After several months of healing and letting the implant integrate with your jaw bone, you will return for the final appointment to have your new tooth or teeth attached. The best way to find out how long your own treatment will take is to visit our office for a consultation, where we can develop a personalized treatment plan to fit your needs.