How much do dental implants cost?
No two patients or their customized dental implant treatments are exactly alike, so the number of appointments, procedures and cost varies accordingly. After an initial appointment and assessment, your dental implant expert should provide you with a treatment plan including the estimated number of appointments and cost, and then notify you if there are any changes during the process.
Are dental implants covered by insurance?
Recognizing the long-term patient benefits over other treatment options, an increasing number of insurance companies have started providing some coverage. If yours doesn’t, ask them if they will give you an allowance towards dental implants equal to the cost of a bridge or traditional dentures. Also ask your implant dentist about financing and payment options.
How long does it take to restore one or more teeth using dental implants?
Every case different. After an initial consultation, your implant dentist should provide you with a treatment plan including the estimated amount of time to complete the process. The treatment time depends on each patient's restoration needs, medical and dental histories, the condition of the jawbone, and the technique and materials that are used.
To ensure a strong, sturdy and long-lasting smile that looks, feels, fits and functions over time like natural teeth, multiple appointments are almost always necessary. The total amount of time
from start to finish can be as short as a few months, to more than a year for more complex conditions. Patients return home in between visits and continue to work and go about their everyday lives. What's most important is that you receive the right treatment for you, are comfortable throughout the process, and are happy with the result for years to come.
What are the risks of dental implants?
Dental implants, which have been used for decades, are proven safe and effective. Dental implant surgery is one of the most predictable procedures in dentistry.
Complications from dental implant surgery are rare but, as with any medical procedure, there are risks, and these risks may be higher for patients who smoke or have other medical conditions. Risks include: infection, which generally responds to medication; damage to other teeth, tooth roots, sinus problems; fractures; nerve damage that can result in pain, numbness or tingling; inability to complete the procedure due to inadequate jawbone; and implant failure.
Talk with your implant dentist before any procedure to discuss your health history and habits and to fully understand the risks involved.
Who should perform the procedure?
It is essential to choose a dental implant expert with the training, skills and experience to assess your situation and custom design a personalized treatment plan just for you.