Dental Implants: Get the Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Dental implants are one of the most effective tooth replacement options. However, a lot of patients are skeptical about getting it done as they are not sure about the procedure, cost, or results. We have compiled a list that will help you get answers to all the questions you might have about the dental implant procedure.
Q: How Do I Know If I Am a Candidate for Dental Treatment?
A: Almost everyone who is missing one or more teeth and, in general, is in good health, is a candidate for dental implant treatment. There are a few medical conditions that can undermine the success of implant treatment, such as uncontrolled diabetes. However, there are a 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 a 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.
Q: How Painful Is Getting Dental Implants?
A: All of our patients report that they feel no pain during the procedure. In fact, many patients do not have to use any pain pills following the procedure. Your decision to use implants will help you to avoid much pain and discomfort in the long term.
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. This includes any pain medicines you need.
Also, if you’re especially fearful, phobic, or pain sensitive, you have the option of doing the procedures with sedation dentistry. You take a small pill before you come into the office and rest peacefully as we do our work. With this option, you barely remember the procedure the next day but get a ton of dental work done in just 1 visit.
Finally, to make sure you are comfortable when you leave our office, you’ll receive the necessary prescriptions to keep you comfortable. In addition, we will call to make sure that you are not in any continued discomfort. Our goal is to give you stronger, more comfortable teeth, without pain or discomfort!
Q: How Long Will It Take to Complete the Treatment?
A: You will notice a difference almost immediately. However, the entire process can take anywhere from 3 weeks to 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, are as stable, or give the type of natural look and feel like implants do.
Q: Will I Need to Have One Implant Placed for Each Tooth That Is Missing?
A: No. In fact, it is possible to replace all of the lower teeth with an overdenture that is supported by only 2- 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.
Q: How Do I Know If I’m Too Old for Implants?
A: Your overall health and your desire to improve the quality of life is important than your age. We currently have patients from 40 years old to 90+ years old, and all of these are with great success.
Q: How Long Do Implants Last?
A: 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 are 5 years, and bridges where the expected time of use is between 2- 10 years.
Q: Do You Offer Any Warranty?
A: Yes. Even though dental implants have over a 95% success rate, there is still a very small chance that they won’t completely bond. When this occurs, new implants are placed, and the success rates for the replacement implants are even higher.
When we replace the implants, we keep working for FREE until we get it right. The only thing you need to do is make sure you come in for your regular scheduled visits so that we can keep your gums and teeth healthy, which will prevent most possible problems.
Q: What Is the Cost of Implant Treatment?
A: Many people call and ask us, “how much is one implant going to cost?’ While we wish it was that simple. The only way to determine the actual cost is by coming in for a consultation and examination to find out if you have a bone loss and if you’ll need one, two, or more implants. Obviously, costs vary greatly depending on your needs and desires. 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 a lowest possible investment, then dental implants are not for you. If on the other hand, a reasonable investment and a fair price are important to you, then dental implants are the way to go. Dental implants are proven to cause the least pain and discomfort, provide the gentlest care, and the highest degree of expertise and professionalism.
(Incidentally, a variety of payments plans are available. Of course, all major credit cards are accepted, so that you can get your airline miles or reward points. Some patients report getting 5 days in a top resort with the reward points on their credit card. Expert assistance in obtaining reimbursements from your insurance provided free of charge.)
Stellar Dental is a leading dental service provider based in Maryland with offices at White Oak and Hyattsville. We strive to provide the best dental care solutions and a state-of-the-art facility to our patients. Our major services include – dental implants, Invisalign, braces, 6 Month Smiles and other general dentistry procedures. We have a team of warm, friendly and compassionate dental professionals.