Frequently Asked Questions for Dental Implants

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Am I A Candidate For Dental Implant Treatment?

Almost everyone who is missing one or more teeth and in general good health is a candidate for dental implant treatment. There are few medical conditions that can undermine the success of implant treatment, such as uncontrolled diabetes. However, there are few conditions that would keep someone from having implant treatment altogether.

Quality and quantity of available bone for implant placement is more often a factor in qualifying for dental implants than medical conditions. However, even people who have lost significant amount of bone can qualify for dental implant treatment with additional procedures to add bone or create new bone. Advances in this type of treatment have made it possible for thousands of patients who would not previously have been considered candidates to have successful implant procedures.

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How Painful Is Getting Dental Implants?

Most of our patients report that they feel very little if any pain during the procedure. In fact, many patients do not have to use any pain pills. Your decision to use implants will help you to avoid much pain and discomfort in the long term.

Besides, given the overall health care benefits, you should not deny yourself proper treatment out of fear of pain. As with any medical or dental procedure, your attending doctor, the dentist, is equipped to provide you with appropriate treatment, including any pain medicines you need.

Finally, to make sure you are comfortable when you leave our office, you’ll get a prescription if necessary. Plus we will call to make sure that you are not in an abnormal amount of discomfort. Our goal is to give you stronger, more comfortable teeth, without experiencing pain or discomfort!

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How Long Will It Take To Complete The Treatment?

You will notice a difference almost immediately. However, the entire process can take anywhere between 3-9 months to complete. This depends on the type, and quantity of implants you need, along with the quality of bone in which the implants are placed.

There are treatment options that are faster, such as dentures; however, none of these traditional methods prevent bone loss, or give the type of natural look and feel like implants do.

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Will I Need To Have One Implant Placed For Each Tooth That Is Missing?

No. In fact it is possible to replace all of the lower teeth with an over denture that is supported by only 4 implants. On the other hand, sometimes it might work to your advantage to replace your back teeth with an implant for each tooth to provide additional strength.

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How Do I Know If I’m Too Old For Implants?

Great question. Your overall health and your desire to improve the quality of life are much more important things to look at, than your age. We currently have patients from 40 years old to 73+ years old. There have been reports of people who are in their 90’s and having this procedure done with no problems.

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How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Most research has shown that implants have been successful for over 30 years. However, our goal is to make them so they last a lifetime. This is much improved from dentures, which last about 5 years, and/or bridges where the expected time of use is between 7-10 years.

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What is the Cost Of Dental Implant Treatment?

Many people call and ask us, “How much is one implant going to cost?” While I wish it was that simple. The only way to determine actual cost is by coming in for a examination to find out if you have bone loss, if you’ll need bone grafting and one, two, or more implants.

Obviously, costs vary greatly depending on your needs and desires. If you read all the letters we get from patients you will find that some people chose implants, rather than a cruise as an anniversary present to each other.

So yes, your will need to look at implants as an investment, because it really is a significant decision. Implants truly are investments. A healthy mouth, or magnificent dazzling smile pays dividends in many ways for your entire life. Dental Implants are admittedly not the least expensive option. If your primary concern is lowest possible investment, then dental implants may not be for you.

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