Frequently Asked Questions
- Do implants contain metal?Dental implants are often made of titanium. The same material is used for hip, shoulder, and knee implants. Titanium implants are highly biocompatible. Allergies are rare.
- How much do implants cost?Dental implant procedures are tailored to the individual patient so the price varies. Contributing factors include the number and location of the implants and the quality of the patient’s bone and gum tissue. Our dentists will provide you with a detailed assessment based on your needs and treatments.
- Does insurance cover dental implants?Dental implants may be covered by insurance. However, situations and types of insurance vary. Check with your insurance company first to determine your coverage benefits. The total cost and coverage may depend on the number of implants needed, the patient’s bone quality, and the region of the mouth being treated.
- Does it hurt to get a dental implant?Every patient is unique and has a different tolerance level. Most patients report less discomfort than expected following the dental implant procedure. A local anesthetic is used during the treatment to maintain the patient’s comfort. Afterwards, antibiotics and pain medication may be recommended to avoid infection and to ease discomfort.
- How long is a dental implant procedure?
Every treatment plan is customized and varies based on the number of teeth being replaced, if extractions or bone grafts are needed first, the area of the mouth being treated, and your overall oral health.
The dental implant process requires more than one appointment. Once the implant is placed, the mouth needs time to heal. The process known as osseointegration takes place where the bone and gums heal around the implant.
- Are dental implants fixed or removable?Once placed, dental implants are fixed, permanent structures in the mouth. They can only be removed by a dentist or oral surgeon.
- Are dental implants safe?
Dental implants may be titanium or zirconium. The implant technology is sophisticated, safe, and reliable.
- How long is the dental implant healing process?
Healing time varies from patient to patient depending on the number of implants needed and the patient’s overall health. Most patients heal in 6-12 weeks.
- How long do implants last?
Dental implants are highly successful, permanent replacements for missing teeth. With good oral hygiene, dental implants can last a lifetime and will not decay.