Los Gatos Dental Center: Dental Implants - Frequently Asked Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q1. Why dental implants?

Q2. Is more than one type of implant?

Q3. Do these procedures cause any pain?

Q4. Will insurance pay for implants?

Q5. Will people know that I have implants?

Q6. Are there patients who should not have implants?

Q7. Will my implant teeth work as well as natural teeth?

Q8. Will implants last a lifetime?

Q9. How dental implants work?

Q10. How are dental implants placed?

Q11. How much is the cost of a dental implant?


 

Q1. Why dental implants?

A: When was the last time you tasted a crisp autumn apple or enjoyed the sweetness of summer corn? If you avoid smiling or eating in public because your denture may slip or a space left by missing tooth may show, dental implants may be an option for you.
Implant patients come from all ages and backgrounds. Some can no longer wear removable dentures; others don't want to. Whatever your particular circumstances, dental implants can provide a sense of security and well being that can't be matched.

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Q2. Is more than one type of implant?

A: Dental implants are artificial substitutes for natural tooth roots. They act as an anchor for a false tooth or a set of false teeth. There are many implant systems. Ask your dentist about the system he/she is using and why.

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Q3. Do these procedures cause any pain?

A: During the surgical procedures required for implant insertion, the anesthesia given during surgery blocks any pain or discomfort. Postoperatively, medication for pain or swelling and to prevent infections is usually prescribed to ease any discomfort.

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Q4. Will insurance pay for implants?

A: Implants are not covered by dental insurance, however some dental procedures, implant surgeries, and portions of implant restorations may be covered by dental and medical insurance policies.

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Q5. Will people know that I have implants?

A: Not unless you tell them. However, most patients tell everyone they know that they have implants.

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Q6. Are there patients who should not have implants?

A: In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo routine dental extractions or oral surgery can be considered for an implant procedure. Patients suffering from uncontrolled chronic diseases or systemic problems or behaviors and heavy smokers may not be candidates for implants.

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Q7. Will my implant teeth work as well as natural teeth?

A: While nothing works as well as a full set of natural healthy teeth, implants provide the next best thing. Generally, patients are not aware they even have implants after the short healing period. The implant replacement teeth looks, feels, and function in a manner that allows people to forget they have implants.

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Q8. Will implants last a lifetime?

A: Few things last forever. Every case depends on the individual patient. Generally, the current overall dental health of the patient and the condition of the bone structure remaining in the jaws are important factors in determining long-term success rates. Of course, everyone needs regular visits to their dentists, and this is particularly important for dental implant patients.

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Q9. How dental implants work?

A: Beginning in the 1950s researchers observed that the metal titanium formed a very strong bond to surrounding bone a process termed osseointegration.

After years of careful research and study dental implants titanium cylinders placed into the jawbone to support the replacement teeth were refined with high success rates there are now patients who have had implant supported teeth for more than twenty-five years.

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Q10. How are dental implants placed?

A: There are 3 phases of dental implants:

  1. Treatment planning, where all recorded need as well as x-ray, what option we have, how many implants as well as expectation of the procedure and result that generally done in consultation appointment.
  2. The actual implant placement, a process generally performed at the clinic with local anesthesia.
  3. Creating and attaching the new tooth/teeth to anchored implant(s) after the implant are then left undisturbed in the jaw bone for 2-6 months while bonding to bone take place. During this time temporary bridges or dentures may be used to minimize any cosmetic or chewing inconvenience.
  4. Click here for a graphic demonstration

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Q11. How much is the cost of a dental implant?

A: The aproximate cost goes around $2,000.00 varying the fees according to the situation of every patient. Some cases need extra surgical procedures that will be defined during the consultation. Make your appointment today for a free consultation (x-ray not included).

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