Here at Goehring Dental, we understand that patients have questions about their dental procedures and what are the best ways to maintain optimal oral health. To help you figure out what the best options are for your tooth replacement procedures, we created this question and answer page. Continue reading to learn more about dental implants:
1) What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is artificial tooth root made of titanium that is implanted in the jawbone. Once healed, the device will support, or attach, to an artificial tooth or teeth.
2) Who installs dental implants?
There is no specific dental implant specialty or practice just for dental implants. However, there are specialties that have unique training that directly benefit the dental implant patient. Prosthodontics is once such specialty that requires an additional three years of advanced training in procedures like dental implants, crowns, bridges and dentures. Additionally, members who qualify can earn Board Certification. When searching for a good dental implant specialist, look for a board certified prosthodontist. Finding this certification is important for ensuring a successful dental implant treatment.
3) How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of your dental implant procedure depends on many individual factors including: quality of your jawbone, necessary supplemental procedures, the number of teeth that need to be replaced, geographical location, the type of specialist chosen to perform the procedure and the type of artificial teeth. However, a single implant crown can cost somewhere between $1,000 and $5,000.
4) Will insurance pay for my dental implants?
In general, dental implants are not covered by dental insurance. In some cases, your insurance will offer partial payment and pay for the teeth that are placed on the dental implants, but not the fixtures attached to the jawbone. Sometimes medical insurance will cover a portion of the cost as well, depending on the reason the tooth or teeth were lost and when. Any specific questions should be directed to your dental insurance provider.
5) Will the procedure hurt?
Our primary interest is making our patients comfortable and safe during any and all surgical or dental procedures. However, Goehring Dental is equipped with doctors and a staff that are specially trained to safely provide conventional methods of anesthesia as well as a variety of intravenous sedation anesthesia options. On the whole, most patients claim that they experienced less discomfort than a tooth extraction during their dental implant procedure.
6) How long will my dental implant procedure take?
Implant treatment times range from patient to patient depending on a number of factors, including if bone grafting is needed. On average, treatment times are three to six months.
7) What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants offer many great benefits including: better ability to chew, superior aesthetics, increased self-confidence and prevention of further bone loss.
8) What is the success rate for dental implants?
Implants have been successfully placed since the 1950’s. With ongoing technological advancements and more durable implant materials, ten-year success rates have been reported at 93 percent or better.
9) Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Patients with good health, a dense jawbone, decent gum tissues and good dental hygiene habits are the best candidates for dental implants. Less preferred candidates include: patients with chronic diseases, smokers, diabetics, alcohol abusers, small children and women who are pregnant. Dr. Goehring will help determine if dental implants treatment are right for you after a complete physical exam and evaluation of your medical history.
Come See Goehring Dental For Amazing Dental Implants
Stop wondering if dental implants are the right option for you and get answers today at Goehring Dental. In a short office visit, Dr. Goehring can examine your mouth and help you decide if dental implants are the right tooth replacement procedure for you. Still have questions? Please feel free to read through the rest of our dental implants website or call one of our friendly staff members if you have additional questions. Today is the day to get the smile you have always dreamed of with dental implants and Goehring Dental.