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Dental Implant FAQs

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

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Unfortunately, there is no way to provide a straight answer to this question because every patient is unique. Therefore, the total cost of your dental implant treatment will also be unique. Here are a few of the major factors that go into determining your financial responsibility for your new smile:

  • The amount of preliminary work that is needed. Some patients require a bone graft before their surgery, while others need extractions or gum disease treatment.
  • The number of implants you receive. Logically, a single implant and its accompanying restoration cost less than a full-mouth reconstruction.
  • Whether your dental insurance will cover part of the cost. Most policies do not cover implants, but they might help to pay for preliminary work.

While implants present a higher upfront cost than other tooth replacement methods, they are a worthy investment because of all of the long-term benefits they provide.

Are Implants Really the Best Way to Replace Teeth?

For many patients, yes. Implants offer several advantages that traditional crowns, bridges, and dentures do not:

  • Because implants act like natural tooth roots, they have the potential to prevent the bone loss that often occurs after a tooth is extracted.
  • Implants do not require that the dentist file down the adjacent teeth, thereby preserving more of your natural smile.
  • The bond that implants form with your body has the potential to last a lifetime. Therefore, while the restorations on top of the implants may need maintenance from time to time, you can expect your new smile to endure for many decades.
  • Implant restorations look extremely natural.

Is It Painful to Receive Implants?

We take steps to ensure that you do not experience any pain at all during the implant placement surgery. After your surgery, you may notice some tenderness and swelling. However, by taking pain relievers and being careful around the surgical site, you can reduce your discomfort and speed up the healing process. Many patients have remarked that the entire implant process was much more comfortable than they anticipated.

What Causes Implants to Fail?

Rest assured that the vast majority of implant cases are successful. However, complications arise in rare cases. This may happen for various reasons. For example, people who smoke cigarettes or use other tobacco products are at a higher risk for implant failure than nonsmokers. Similarly, poor oral hygiene could cause an infection that wears away at the bones around the implants, causing them to lose their base of support.

Before your surgery, feel free to ask any questions you might have about the most prominent risk factors that apply to your situation. We will give you straightforward answers and let you know the steps we will take to give your new smile the best chance of success possible.

Who Is a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Thanks to advances in modern dentistry, most people are viable candidates for dental implants. Even if certain factors, such as bone loss or tobacco use, make your case more complex, a skilled dentist may be able to navigate around such obstacles and help you to enjoy the many benefits that implants offer.