Dental Implants FAQs
Procedure, Costs & More
Besides dentures and bridges, getting dental implants is another way to restore missing teeth. One of the advantages of getting implants than bridges is that you wouldn’t need to disturb your neighboring healthy teeth to support the replacement for one missing tooth.
Implants also function better in chewing and are easier to maintain than bridges and dentures. You won’t need to worry that it might slip while eating, and it can be easily cleaned with simple brushing and flossing. To know more about implants, here are some questions patients usually ask about dental implants:
- Am I eligible for dental implants?
Almost anyone healthy enough to undergo routine dental procedures can be considered for dental implants. To determine if an individual is eligible, a thorough review of medical history is needed as well as a comprehensive examination of the head and neck area, including both extra-oral and intra-oral surfaces. This usually includes x-ray, digital imaging, and making impressions or models of your teeth. With the information, the dental team evaluates and creates an individualized treatment plan to suit the needs of the patient.
- What are the procedures involved in getting a dental implant?
First is the tooth root implant. Surgery is needed to place a small post made of titanium into the bone socket of the missing tooth. After the jawbone heals and bonds with the metal post, a small connector called an abutment is attached to the titanium to hold the new tooth securely. Then, a crown is attached to the abutment as a replacement tooth.
- What is the cost of getting a dental implant?
This is an important consideration for most patients. The cost of a dental implant varies on geographic location, doctor’s experience and technology. At Reem Kidess DDS, PLLC, the cost of a dental implant, including the surgery, abutment and dental crown, ranges from $3500 to $4500 based on the complexity of the case. Multi-implant cases have customized treatment plans and fees.
- How successful are implants?
Nowadays, dental implants are considered the standard of care for replacing missing teeth. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, at least 500,000 individuals undergo dental implant procedure each year in the US, and it has a high success rate of about 95 percent.
- How long does it take to restore the teeth and function after implants are placed?
The healing time varies in each individual case. There are a lot of factors, such as the patient’s health, number and location implants, etc. Lower arch implants heal faster. If there are no complications, they can be restored on an average of 3 months. Meanwhile, upper arch implants take an average of 4 months. For more complex cases, such as if there was a concurrent bone graft, the healing time is often longer.
- How painful is the procedure?
With today’s sedation dentistry, you don’t have to worry about the pain. The surgery is done under anesthesia, so there is very little discomfort. In fact, most patients who have undergone the procedure reported that implants involve less pain than a tooth extraction.
- How to find the best place to get an implant in your area?In finding the best dental office in your area to get a dental implant, you should look at their qualifications, facility and technology. Find a highly-trained dental team which uses the latest technology and cares for the comfort of their patients.
Dr Reem Kidess has undergone extensive Dental Implant training with some of the top Clinicians and Educators in the field, including the Misch International Implant Institute, the Spear Education Continuum and the California Implant Institute. She is licensed in Sedation Dentistry by the Arizona Board of Dentistry, and her team uses CBCT Technology and advanced software which provides higher accuracy during the treatment planning, placement and restoration of implants. This leads to improved success rate and safety of the procedure. Dr Kidess also makes the comfort of patients a priority. Her dental office at Scottsdale is designed to have a very relaxing atmosphere for the patient’s emotional comfort.
For more information, please contact 480-991-2290.
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