Dental Implant FAQs

dental implant faqs

Dental implants have become a popular treatment in cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Kristina Neda from ThoroughDent Smiles answers some of the common questions patients have about dental implants. 

Q1. What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is an alternative to a tooth root, made of titanium and bio-compatible materials. A dental implant is almost the same as a natural tooth root because it preserves the bone and stimulates bone growth. This results in a stable foundation for a replacement tooth that is similar to a natural tooth.

Q2. How do dental implants compare to bridges, partials, and dentures?

The main difference between dental implants and other treatment options is that it preserves bone and does not affect the long term health of the other teeth. Other than that it has the best prognosis of any tooth-replacement option. Dental implants also preserve the natural appearance of the smile.

Q3. Will my new teeth look natural?

Replacement teeth look completely natural and they function like normal teeth, hence you will not feel any difference. Long-term aesthetics are usually much better with implant-supported replacement teeth because it is the only treatment option that prevents bone resorption.

Q4. Who is a candidate for dental implant treatment?

Almost anyone with one or more teeth missing can have a dental implant placed. Although, some medical conditions like diabetes can prevent a person from starting a dental implant treatment. However, before starting a dental implant treatment, dentists usually check the amount of available bone for the implant placement.

Q5. How long does it take to complete the treatment?

The dental implant treatment varies from patient to patient. Factors, like whether bone grafting is needed or if immediate function procedures are possible, affect the treatment. If this type of treatment is possible, then the replacement teeth will be placed on the same day as the dental implants.

Q6. Is the surgical procedure painful?

The pain from the surgical procedure is equivalent to that of when a tooth is removed. Patients don’t usually need prescribed pain killers after the surgery.

Q7. What is recommended for home care and Maintenance?

Maintenance and home care for dental implants vary from type to type. Some implants

are cleaned like a natural tooth with brushing and flossing while the others should be cleaned like tooth-supported bridges. If all of your teeth missing, home care becomes next to impossible. Specially designed brushes and floss are recommended by dentists in this case. Patients with dentures must clean the implant attachments.

Q8. How long do implants last?

According to recent studies, implants have a 95-98% chance of lasting for 50 years which is way longer than other methods of tooth replacement. The American Dental Association, (ADA) publishes the average lifespan of a tooth-supported bridge as 10.1 years. Research in the scientific literature supports the lower success rates of bridges compared to dental implants. Some studies indicate that the success rate of bridges decreases dramatically after 10 years.

Q9. What Is the Cost of Implant Treatment?

Since dental implant treatment is the only tooth replacement option that preserves the bone, the health of adjacent teeth, and the integrity of facial structures, an investment in dental implant treatment is an investment in overall health, appearance, and well-being.

We asked our friend, Dr. Christopher Green, a dentist in Parker, CO, about the cost of dental implants. Dr. Green says that initially, the fee is comparable to other tooth replacement options, or slightly higher. However, dental implant treatment is much more cost-effective than other treatment options, such as bridges, which need to be replaced every 10 years, and removable partials and dentures, which sometimes last only 5-7 years.

Q10. Does Medical Insurance Cover Implant Treatment?

No medical insurance does not cover implant treatment as it is only for medical injuries and

complications.

Q11. Does Dental insurance cover dental implant treatment?

Individual insurance policies determine the amount of coverage for dental implant treatment, although dental benefits usually have an annual maximum of $1,000 to $1,500 per year. Since the amount of coverage is determined strictly by what is spent on the policy, there are many limitations on most plans.

Contact ThoroughDent Smiles today to book a consultation for dental implant surgery.