Frequently Asked Questions
about Dental Implants
Choosing dental implants for tooth restoration is a big decision, and Gregorin Dental in Anchorage, AK wants to provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision. Keep reading for answers to dental implants frequently asked questions.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are typically titanium rods that are placed into the jawbone to support a dental prosthesis. This can be a bridge, crown, or denture, and they are a permanent solution for tooth replacement. They are also available in ceramic (metal free) options.
Why choose dental implants?
There are many benefits of dental implants. They function just like natural teeth and look great too. Any oral functioning lost from having missing teeth will be completely restored. All of our patients report feelings of euphoria and delight once their procedure has been completed. Many patients think there is nothing that can be done after tooth loss, but this is not the case when you choose dental implants.
Is dental implant surgery painful?
Many patients have concerns about the potential pain associated with dental implants surgery. Gregorin Dental wants to assure you that the pain associated with this state-of-the-art procedure is minimal at best. A local anesthetic will be used during the procedure to minimize the pain. You will feel discomfort for a couple days after the surgery, but it is minimal and can be easily remedied.
Am I healthy enough for dental implants?
If you have good overall health, you are most likely a prime candidate for dental implant surgery. Any health conditions you may have will be discussed in depth and will be considered carefully before electing the procedure. If you are not healthy enough to undergo dental implant surgery, Gregorin Dental will help you find alternative options to restore your missing teeth.
How long does the dental implant process take?
This is a highly variable question and is determined on a case by case basis after a thorough examination. Typically, the entire process from initial examination to the final restoration can take anywhere from 4-6 months.
What are dental implants risks?
Dental implants are an extremely successful solution, especially when conducted by a seasoned professional. Although there have been cases of dental implants that have failed, this was mostly due to the low quality of the materials used and the lack of experience of the professional performing the surgery. Additionally, follow-up care is also extremely important. Keeping all appointments and having good oral hygiene habits will diminish risks associated with the procedure. This means it is extremely important to choose the right dental professional. When you choose our accomplished practitioners at Gregorin Dental, you are in competent hands.
How long will dental implants last?
Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime assuming you choose the right dental professional, eat a healthy diet, keep all follow-up visits, and maintain excellent oral hygiene. An inexperienced practitioner, gum disease, and other oral issues may contribute to the premature failure of dental implants.
How much do dental implants cost?
Dental implants cost is determined on a case by case basis after a thorough examination has taken place. Generally speaking, a single implant will cost around $2,500, however it can cost more if bone grafting is needed. The cost of each implant will be lowered if multiple implants are needed. For a full mouth implant restoration, the cost can be anywhere from $25,000 to $55,000. This is highly variable and depends upon a number of factors. *Beware of dental offices offering implants for less than $2,000. The expertise and quality of materials will most likely not be adequate for such an important procedure.
Does insurance pay for dental implants?
Insurance companies generally do not cover dental implants but you should still check with your insurance provider when evaluating your financial options.
Gregorin Dental in Anchorage AK is happy to answer any dental implant questions you may have. This list of dental implants frequently asked questions are just a sample of what our patients most often ask us. Don’t hesitate to contact Gregorin Dental today for more information or to schedule your free consultation.