What are Dental Implants? Read this Dental Implant FAQ

Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions

Learn what dental implants are and how they replace you missing or failing teeth and return your mouth to full functionality

Who places dental implants?
Periodontists commonly place dental implants, although oral surgeons and general dentists are also capable of placing dental implants. Prosthodontists are often involved in the restoration process, which is the placement of the abutment and crown after the implant has been placed.

What is a periodontist?
A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gum disease, and in the placement of dental implants. A periodontist must complete three extra years of training beyond dental school and must be accredited by the American Academy of Periodontology.

Does getting dental implants hurt? 
Dental implant surgery, as with any surgery, does cause some pain afterward. However, at Dental Associates, we do everything we can to make your experience as comfortable for you as possible. We use anesthetic and offer intravenous sedation as an option, and prescribe medication to control any discomfort or swelling that may occur after the procedure. We take special care to remain in contact with you and to see you post-operatively, and we are available 24/7 if you have an emergency.

Are all dental implants successful? 
Yes, dental implants are very successful. Data collected over the last 30 years shows that dental implant surgery is over 97% successful. Dental implants are made from titanium, which is a material that’s very compatible with our bodies. As a result, the body does not reject dental implants as it might reject a soft-tissue implant, such as a heart or a lung.

How much will dental implants cost? 
Dental implant procedures vary in cost depending on the type of implant needed. An implant is a man-made replacement made from titanium, which is a strong material that’s highly compatible with the human body. Special drills, components, and equipment are also used for the delicate procedure. For a consultation, call 888-594-9941, contact our Implant Experience Specialist, or attend a Dental Implant Seminar.

Will my insurance cover dental implants?
Insurance may cover some portions of the surgery. However, an implant is not a covered benefit in most insurance contracts. We’ll maximize all your available medical and dental benefits, and you may qualify for additional dental insurance through CarePlus to help with the costs. Read more about Dental Implant Insurance.

What do dental implants feel like?
Dental implants feel very natural so you’ll be able to talk, eat, and smile just as you would with your natural teeth. 

Do dental implants look like real teeth?
Yes, dental implants look like real, natural teeth. If supporting bone and gum tissue has deteriorated, your new teeth may need to be slightly longer to fill the space. However, the difference will be minor and your implant specialist will be able to expertly place them so that they look like real teeth.

Am I too old for dental implants?
As long as you’re in good health, you’re not too old for dental implants. Our Dental Associates periodontists routinely place dental implants in patients in their 70s and 80s. 

Questions about dental implants? Start a conversation with our Implant Experience Specialist.

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