Dental Implants – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Given the relative complexity of the implant dentistry process, many patients have a number of questions and concerns about the procedure and what it entails. We’d like to take this opportunity to answer some of the most common questions that patients have about dental implant. We will not be able to address all concerns in great detail, but this will provide a good overview for those unfamiliar with the procedure and what it involves.
What dental problems are associated with missing teeth?
There are many aesthetic problems and health concerns associated with missing teeth.
On the aesthetic side, a smile that is missing teeth is less appealing and may make a person with missing teeth feel self-conscious.
On the health concerns side, missing teeth can reduce the strength and effectiveness of your bite, making you unable to chew properly. Loss of jawbone density and gum recession are common in the area of the missing tooth or teeth, and your remaining teeth may gradually shift out of place over time.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots which are surgically embedded into your jawbone and gum tissues. They are made of titanium so that they will not be rejected by your body following the surgery.
What can dental implants do?
Dental implants are able to effectively hold dentures, dental bridges, and dental crowns in place just as if they were natural tooth roots.
How are dental implants placed?
Dental implants are placed in a multi-step process. The first step of the dental implants process is the consultation to determine if dental implants are right for you. The next step of the process is the oral surgery in which the dental implants will be placed. The third step is the healing and recovery period, during which time the dental implants fuse with your actual mouth structures. The final step will be the placement of the final dental restoration.
How long does the dental implants process take?
The dental implants process will take up to several months from beginning to end, and will vary from patient to patient. This duration is necessary to ensure the dental implants are properly integrated with the jawbone and gum tissue.
How effective are dental implants?
Dental implants are quite effective. They are able to hold dental restorations in place securely as if they were natural tooth roots, and implant-supported dental restorations tend to look better than removable dental restorations. Other benefits of dental implants include the elimination of issues such gradual tooth misalignment, bone loss, and gum recession.
Who are good candidates for dental implants?
Good candidates for dental implants are people in good general health with sufficient bone mass and gum density in place to support dental implants.
What treatments are available if I do not qualify for dental implants?
In some cases, patients who do not immediately qualify for dental implants may be able to undergo a gum grafting or bone grafting procedure. These will build up those respective structures of the mouth so that they are sturdy enough to support dental implants. If patients are ineligible for those treatments, they can still get removable dental restorations.
What is the cost of dental implants?
The average cost of dental implants will vary depending on a number of factors, including the number implants required, the complexity of your case, and your geographic region. Generally, though, the price will range between $1,000 to $4,000 per dental implant.
Will dental implants be covered by my insurance?
In some cases, dental implants may be covered by your dental insurance or medical insurance depending on your provider. (It’s important that you discuss this directly with your provider.) With that in mind, there are numerous payment plans and financing options for dental implants that are available.
How can I learn more about implant dentistry?
If you would like more information about implant dentistry and how it can benefit you or someone that you know, be sure to contact us today.