Dental Implant FAQ

Dental Implants can sometimes feel like a complex or confusing procedure, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Please find our list of Frequently Asked Dental Implant Questions below, or click here for more information!

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What are Dental Implants?

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Dental implants are metal posts surgically placed into the upper and lower jawbone. They are used to replace one or more teeth, and in some occasions, all teeth lost due to disease or an accident.


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Am I a candidate for Dental Implants?

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If you are in good general health, have enough jawbone, and don’t use tobacco of any kind, an implant could be a successful treatment option for you.


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Can my dentist place the dental implant?

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Generally speaking, periodontists and oral surgeons are the ones placing implants as they have gone through extensive and formal training for such treatment. However, depending on the area of the mouth, the amount of adequate jawbone, and the complexity of your situation, many dentists can place implants as well.


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What are the advantages of Dental Implants?

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  • They won’t shift or slip in your mouth
  • They feel more natural then removable dentures due to their secure fit
  • Single tooth implants are stand-alone units and won’t require the treatment of the adjacent teeth.
  • They are easier to clean and maintain than bridges and removable dentures
  • They can last a lifetime with good oral hygiene

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What should I expect during the consultation and treatment?

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Our consultation visits typically last an hour during which we examine the area/s with missing teeth, take a three-dimensional x-ray of the jawbone, and walk you through every step of the treatment in detail. Your treatment will be as painless as possible thanks to the various anesthesia and sedation options we have available.


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How much do Dental Implants cost? And does my insurance cover some of the cost?

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The cost of a dental implant varies depending on the brand of the implant used and surgeon’s skill level. In our office, we use a brand with 30 years of research backing up it’s success.

Most insurance plans these days pay for some portion of the treatment fee. Our financial coordinators check with your insurance and are able to give you the cost breakdown during your consultation visit.


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How long do Dental Implants last?

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In properly screened candidates, they are 95-98% successful and can last a lifetime.


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What is All-On-4?

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All-On-4 is a treatment used when teeth are not restorable anymore due to severe decay or periodontal disease. The procedure entails placing 4 implants and fixing a new prosthesis to the implants on the same day. The advantage to All-On-4 is that at no point would you be without teeth.


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Are Dental Implants removable like Dentures?

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Stand-alone and bridged implants are not removable. However, we’d be happy to discuss with you the option of dentures that sit on implants to give them better support and function.


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How do I care for my Dental Implants?

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The same way you would take care of your natural teeth—brushing and flossing twice a day. You may also be instructed to use special brushes or mouth washes.