Dental Implants FAQs
These are the top questions patients’ ask me when they come in for a dental implant consultation:
- Am I a candidate for implants?
To determine this, I conduct a thorough medical history, a comprehensive head and neck examination including both extra-oral and intra-oral surfaces, and records are taken. These records usually include necessary radiographs, photographs and diagnostic impressions and models. With all of this information we can then determine not only if you are a candidate for dental implants but also present all treatment options to you. Armed with this information our patients then are empowered to make an informed decision, and a customized treatment plan is formulated and implemented.
- Dental Implant Cost?
Most patients may want to ask this question right away. What is this going to cost me?
On average, at my dental practice, the cost of a dental implant (the surgery, abutment and crown) will cost from $3500 to $4500. What often causes variations in the fees are the complexity of the case, if the tooth is still present and requires extraction, bone grafting, to name a few.With a multi-implant case the treatment plan and fees are customized for that case.
- How predictable are implants?
Dental implants are now considered the standard of care for the functional and esthetic replacement of not only a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth, and even for fully edentulous patient (one missing all of their teeth). Today with the use of CBCT Technology and advanced software it allows for improved safety and higher accuracy during the treatment planning and implant placement and restoration of implants. Thus leading to highly predictable results and if maintained correctly an excellent long term success rate.
- How long before I have my teeth and I can chew?
Each case is unique, but on average, if there are no complications, lower arch implants can be restored within 3 months, and upper arch within 4 months. The healing time is often longer if there was a concurrent bone graft.
I always reassure my patients though, that if the missing tooth (teeth) is in a cosmetic or visible site we will always make sure to have a replacement provisional option for you immediately so that at no time you are visibly missing a tooth or teeth.
- How painful is the surgery?
The surgery is just that, a precise surgical procedure. It is very important to minimize trauma to the patient, not just physical but also emotional. As with other dental treatment, there are options for sedation. I have had some patients who are comfortable with just local anesthetic and others who prefer to be treated under IV Sedation. Our patient’s comfort is of the utmost importance, and I will make recommendations at the time of treatment planning to aid in making the process as easy on the patient as possible.
- Why come to us?
In a few words we are highly trained professionals, with all of the latest technology, in an immaculately clean facility with full sedation options available.To elaborate, I have undergone extensive Dental Implant training with some of the top Clinicians and Educators in the field: the Misch International Implant Institute, the Spear Education Continuum and the California Implant Institute. I am a graduate of the California Implant Institute’s implant fellowship program. I have a team of highly trained and compassionate staff members. We have all of the latest technology, including the i-CAT CBCT to provide you with the top tier of care from listening to your needs and wants, to treatment planning, to the dental implant surgery to restoration.
To learn more please contact our office at 480-991-2290.