FAQ 2018-12-20T01:33:15+00:00


Frequently asked questions


A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental implants can be placed in both the upper or lower jaws. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a good anchor for a replacement tooth, or even a full set of replacement teeth.

There are a number of reasons to consider dental implants. Missing teeth can allow the jawbone to shrink, causing the face to age prematurely. Dental implants can counter jawbone shrinkage and provide beautiful, natural-looking results. Additionally, dental implants can provide a permanent, secure solution as they’re fixed in place and can last a lifetime.

With more than three decades of clinical experience and more than a million patients treated, statistics confirm a success rate of nearly 95% for individual Immediate Function dental implants.

The cost depends on several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced, the number of dental implants required, and any additional procedures required before your implants are placed. Booking a free consultation today will allow us to provide you with a customized estimate based on your needs: 1.877.312.3229.

Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or tooth decay may be a candidate for dental implants. Booking a free consultation today will allow us to provide you with a customized estimate based on your needs: 1.877.312.3229.

Dental implants provide the following advantages:

  • Dental implants improve appearance. When you lose the entire tooth – crown and root – shrinkage of the jawbone may cause your face to look older.
  • Dental implants can stop this process.
  • Dental implants are reliable. Unlike bridges that need to be replaced, dental implants are permanent.
  • Dental implants are a permanent solution. Dental implants are stable, comfortable and can last a lifetime, while bridges often need to be replaced.
  • Dental implants preserve your natural teeth. With traditional dental bridges, teeth adjacent to missing teeth are normally ground down for use as anchors for a dental bridge. Dental implants often eliminate the need to modify healthy teeth.

Dental implants look, feel and function like natural teeth. You can eat and drink whatever you choose with comfort. People who have felt embarrassed and worried because of dental problems are delighted by what new permanent teeth can do for their confidence and health.

When dental implants are used in combination with modern restorative dentistry, their appearance, comfort and function blend alongside your teeth for a beautiful, natural-looking smile. Our on-site lab allows us to achieve maximum results.

Yes. Following a brief adaptation period, chewing is comparable to that of natural teeth.

The recommended procedure depends on several factors, including your dental health, the number of teeth involved and which teeth are being replaced. These factors also determine the number of required visits throughout the treatment period.

With any surgery, there can be some discomfort. Patient sedation is commonly administered to help reduce any discomfort during the process. Most patients report they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated. You will be prescribed medication to ease any discomfort that may occur.

It is normal to have some bruising and swelling in the gum and soft tissues. Any discomfort experienced will be managed by prescribed medication.

Like natural teeth, your new teeth must be cared for and checked regularly. Brush and floss as recommended. Following your treatment, you should see your dentist in six months, or more frequently if advised.

All-on-4™ is the easiest, most economical way to achieve a full arch of fixed, non-removable, replacement teeth. They look and feel like natural teeth. Your All-on-4™ bridge will not come out at night, nor will it require special cleaning—simply regular brushing and flossing, like natural teeth. Best of all, you can smile naturally, knowing your teeth look real.

Your teeth can be cleaned with a toothbrush and floss, and you will be required to purchase a water pick to clean between the bridge and gum tissue.

The state of your health is more important than your age. If you are healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you are likely a candidate to receive dental implants. Along with a review of your dental and medical history, an examination by one of our dentists will help to determine whether you qualify for an implant procedure.

Yes, you can, however we do not recommend it. There is an increased risk of complications with active smokers, especially in procedures involving bone grafting.

Some insurance companies offer partial reimbursement for dental implants. Speak directly with your insurance provider to investigate your plan details. The cost of implants is a medical expense that can be deducted from your income tax. There is also flexible financing available through Dental Card. Please see Financing Options for more information.

From our friendly, attentive staff to our bright, state-of-the-art practice and on-site lab, we are committed to making you feel happy, comfortable, and delighted with your results.

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