Dental Implant FAQ

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that serves as a foundation to support replacement teeth.They are made of titanium metal and are designed to support tooth crowns (caps) that look, feel, and function like natural teeeth.

Are dental implants predictable treatment options?

Dental implants are one of the most predictable procedures in dentisty.Research studies report that implants are successful 95-98% of the time.Uncontrolled diabetes and smoking can negatively impact implant success in some patients.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

The vast majority of patients are good candidates for dental implants; however, each patient will be evaluated individually. There are few circumstances in which dental implants cannot be completed.

does periodontal disease affect dental implants?

Yes. Untreated periodontal disease can impact dental implants similarlyto natural teeth.It is important to treat periodontal disease prior to implant placement. It isalso recommended to visit our office and that of your dentiston a regular basis to maintainyour implant.

can more than one implant be done at a time?

Yes, multiple implants can be placed the same day. In some situations the crown (cap)can also be placed the same day as the implant procedure. Inmost cases, however, the bone is allowed to heal before placing the cap.

Will It Hurt?

We will be as gentle as possible.Local anesthesia is used to minimize pain.Post-treatment pain is controlled with both over the counter and prescription medicines. Most people are able to go back to work and resume their normal activities the next day.

Will dental insurance cover dental implants?

Somedentalinsurances provide coverage for dental implants.Please bring your insurance information to your appointment.Your insurance company can be contacted to predetermine your insurance benefit.

Can i be sedated for treatment?

Most patients do not require sedation for treatment; however, oral and intravenous sedation are available for patient comfort. Each patient will be evaluated individually prior to any form of sedation dentistry.