Dental Implants FAQ

Dental Implants FAQ 

  1. Is it Painful to Have Dental Implants Placed?

Having Dental Implants placed is not usually very painful after the surgery is complete.  In fact, it is one of the least painful procedures available in dentistry today.  Although this may be counterintuitive, feedback from our patients tells us that they were pleasantly surprised at how little pain there was afterwards! Since there are no open wounds with implant surgery, pain can typically be managed with drugs such as advil.

  1. How long does it take to place a dental implant?

Depending on the number and location of the implant, the procedure usually takes an hour if there are no complications.

  1. Can I Eat After Having an Implant Placed?

Sticking to a soft diet with enough liquids to keep you hydrated is the best plan after having the implant placed. It is best to avoid harder foods that require more effort to chew.  Our specialists will follow up with you routinely to ensure adequate healing is taking place.

  1. How Long Does it Take to Heal and Then Have the Dental Crown Placed on the Implant?

After an implant is placed, it typically takes 2-3 months to fully integrate into the bone.  In some instances, the implant can be loaded with a crown immediately following surgery, but this is done on a case by case basis. Once integration is complete, the crown can be placed.  When you have a consultation with one of our specialists, they will determine the best course of action and inform you of the timelines involved.

  1. How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Once a Dental Implant is fully integrated with the bone, it can last for many years with good home care and regular dental visits.  Implants that were placed over 40 years ago are still working optimally today.

  1. Is it Possible For My Body to Reject a Dental Implant?

In some rare cases, patients with titanium allergies (titanium is the primary component of a dental implant) can reject implants.  Additionally, an infection of the bone can prevent integration.  However, all that is required is some time to heal and the specialist can place another implant for you.

  1. Why are Dental Implants Expensive?

This is a very common question.  Many people suffer with poor or loose teeth which can impact self confidence and the ability to properly chew and enjoy food.  Dental implants are made from expensive materials and have custom made components which drives the price up.  However, implant cost is coming down all the time, and as technology improves we will see this price come down further.  It is also important to understand that having a dental implant placed is an investment in yourself.  And since they last such a long time, the benefits of implant longevity far outweigh the initial cost.

  1. Does Dental Insurance Cover the Cost of Dental Implants?

Most insurance companies like to cover the cheapest option, and as a result they tend not to cover dental implants.  This is changing however, and more and more insurance companies are realizing the long-term benefits of implants and are now starting to cover them.  We have convenient and affordable payment plans to help you finance your dental implant.  Please call us or visit us online to learn more!