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Q. What are dental implants?

A. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots used with a crown or bridge to replace a missing tooth or teeth.

Q. What are dental implants made of?

A. Dental implants are composed of a titanium material and shaped like screws. A dental crown, bridge, or implant-supported denture can be attached to the implants immediately or after a healing period.

Q. How much to dental implants cost?

A. The cost of dental implants varies and additional procedure can be required. Single dental implants may range in cost from $2500-$3500. The cost of full-mouth reconstructive dental impants can range from $20,000 to $50,000.

Q. Are dental implants covered by insurance?

A. The amount dental insurance companies may pay toward treatment varies.

Q. Are dental implants safe?

A. Dental implants are safe and clinically proven alternative to bridges and dentures for replacing missing teeth in qualified candidates. People with certain risk factors, such as smokers, and those with inadequate bone density or who are immune-comprised, may not qualify for implant treatment.

Q. Are dental implants dependable?

A. Dental implants are among the most predictable tooth replacement options. While there is no guarantee that an implant procedure will be successful, studies have shown a five-year success rate of 95 percent for lower jaw implants, and a 90 percent success rate for upper jaw implants.

Q. Can smokers have dental implants?

A. Smokers are higher risk for dental implant failure.

Q. How are dental implants placed?

A. Dental Implants are placed into the jawbone after the dentist drills a small hole into the site where the tooth is missing. This hole is slowly widened to accommodate the dental implant screw. Once the implant is placed, the gum tissue is replaced over the implant and a protective cover screw is placed on top for healing. After four to six months of healing, the dentist uncovers the implant and attaches an abutment, which holds the crown or tooth-like replacement to the implant. In some ases, the abutment may be placed at the same sitting as the implant.

Q. Is the dental implant procedure painful?

A. A combination of local anesthesia and sedation dentistry is used during implant placement so patients do not feel pain during the procedure. After the initial surgery, discomfort should be minimal. Prescription pain medications will be prescribed to relieve any post-surgical discomfort.

Q. What are the advantages of dental implants compared to bridges or dentures?

A. Dental implants are stronger and more dependable traditional partial or full removable dentures. Dental implants may be used to support a bridge or denture when multiple teeth are missing to provide better support and stability.

Q. How long is the dental implant recovery period?

A. Healing from the surgical dental implant placement procedure make take up to six months. Fitting and seating the crown or other restoration may take up to two additional months after that. However, every case is different and routine follow-up appointments and regular dental check-ups will be necessary to maintain good oral health.

Q. How long do dental implants last?

A. A dental implant restoration can remain in place and function properly for more than 40 years when proper oral hygiene is followed and regular dental check-ups are maintained.