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Frequently Asked Questions about

Dental
Implants

Are you in the process of learning about dental implants? The following are the most common questions people have when investigating dental implants. This should help you determine if implants might be right for you.

FAQs

Learning about Single and Full-Arch Dental Implants 

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are the most natural way to replace missing teeth. Typically made of titanium or zirconia, dental implants are designed to replace the root structure of missing teeth, providing support and stability for replacement teeth. They are the longest-lasting solution available.

What does "All-on-4" mean?

All-on-4® is a trademarked treatment procedure that essentially involves replacement of all missing teeth in one jaw by using only 4 implants. This procedure is especially beneficial in patients who have lost a lot of bone in the back areas of the mouth.

How much does a single dental implants cost?

First, here are the most commonly accepted figures: The average cost for a single dental implant to be placed and restored ranges on average from $3,000 to $6,000. The typical cost is usually around $3,600. Teeth removal and the need for bone grafting or sedation may change the total cost. This will be addressed at your consultation.

How much does a full-arch or the All-on-4 implant procedure cost?

The All-on-4 also called "Teeth in a Day," procedure can run between $23,000 - $32,000 per arch. Often the total cost is financed and spread out over monthly payments, which can range between $ 350-489 per top or bottom arch or $700-978 for the entire or full mouth based on approved credit (Rates may vary, credit approval is not guaranteed, see office for details).

What's included in the total cost of the Full Arch implant procedure?

Be sure when comparing costs, you compare everything involved with the procedure. Many times, an advertisement for a cheap implant does not include everything required for the procedure. The cost to cover all expenses associated with the planned treatment usually includes the following:

  • Sedation
  • Any extractions
  • Bone grafting (if needed)
  • Removal of infected tissues (bone and gum)
  • Implant placement
  • Temporary and final dentures/bridges

Will insurance cover the cost of implants?

Generally, dental implants are not covered by most dental insurance. However, policies do vary and some will cover a portion of the surgical procedure. Financing options are often available with competitive interest rates, and payments can be tailored to your budget. Our office will submit all the necessary insurance claims on your behalf, to ensure you receive the maximum benefit allowable.

Does getting dental implants hurt?

Although discomfort varies from person to person, most patients say it was much less discomfort than they thought it would be. During the surgical procedure, you will be given an anesthetic, so you will feel little or no discomfort. If you follow all postoperative instructions, there should be minimal discomfort. All patients are given pain medications, but many don't need to use them.

Will I be awake during the dental implant procedure?

You’ll be comforted to know that placing an implant is easier than extracting a tooth. Our office offers various sedation options for your comfort. From Nitrous oxide sedation to having board certified medical anesthesiologists present to make you more sleepy during the procedure. This “twilight” sedation is very safe and allows you to complete your treatment with ease, most of our patients do not remember their visit!

Will there be pain after the dental implant surgery?

Immediately after the surgery and for a few days you will likely experience some discomfort. After all, this is a major dental procedure. However, any pain should be manageable. Discomfort may be felt in the chin, cheeks, or underneath the eyes. You may also experience bruising of the skin and gums, pain at the implant site, and minor bleeding. Painkillers, such as Ibuprofen, will be recommended.

How long does it take to complete the entire process?

Depending on the extent, the length of the procedure can be 45 minutes for a single implant to several hours for full mouth treatment. Implants normally need about 4-5 months to fully heal and “bond” to your jaw bones.

Do I really get teeth on the day of surgery?

You get your beautiful, temporary healing prosthesis on the day of your procedure. After healing, the final restoration is made out of more durable materials.

How do I care for my new teeth?

Initially you will only use a mediated mouth rinse that we provide. Once your mouth is healed, you will use a waterpick, toothbrush, and rinsing to clean around the implants. You will also schedule regular follow up visits with your dentist for cleanings.

How long will dental implants last?

Implants can last many years if cared for properly. Many implants have been in place for more than 40 years.

How do I know if I am a candidate for dental implants?

Anyone who is healthy enough to undergo a tooth extraction is likely a suitable candidate for dental implants. However, there are certain conditions that may complicate or prohibit implant treatment. Patients with certain conditions, such as chronic diseases, heavy smoking or alcohol abuse may not be candidates for implants. Your doctor will determine whether or not this treatment is right for you after a complete physical exam and evaluation of your medical history.

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