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Dental Implant FAQs

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Are all dental implants the same?

There’s a wide variety of available dental implants that are split into several groups including how many stages their placement requires, their relative width, the material used to create them, and the implant manufacturer. The type of dental implant Dr. Koo recommends for your case depends on your unique needs and preferences. Visit our Types of Dental Implants page to learn more about these different classifications and what they could mean for your smile.

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of dental implants has a wide range and depends on a number of factors including the number of implants needed, the location in the mouth where implants will be placed, the type of dental implant needed, whether grafting procedures are necessary, and more. The cost of the restoration (whether crown, bridge, or denture) also needs to be factored in. Please visit our How Much Does a Dental Implant Cost? page to learn more about the relative cost of implants and what you can expect to pay in certain situations.

How many dental implants do I need?

Having multiple implants placed is necessary in many cases. In fact, many of the larger teeth in the back of your jaws (also known as molars) often have two or three roots, which could require larger implants or even multiple implants per tooth to successfully replace. This possibility is even more likely if the patient shows signs of powerful biting or has already lost some of their jawbone density.

Multiple implants will also be placed if the patient is in need of an implant-retained bridge or denture. Depending on their unique needs, Dr. Koo could recommend as few as 3 implants or as many as 10 to successfully support the prosthetic.

How are dental implants placed?

A dental implant procedure consists of several sections including surgical placement of implants, a period of healing (in some cases), and the creation and placement of your personalized restoration. Visit our How Does A Dental Implant Work? page to learn more!

Are dental implants safe?

Dental implants have been clearly shown through clinical research and experimentation to be a safe and successful restoration option. However, risk factors like smoking or inadequate bone density increase the chances of failure. Visit our Ideal Candidates for Dental Implants page to learn more about whether or not implants are the right choice for your smile.

What are the advantages of choosing dental implants over a bridge or denture?

There are several benefits patients enjoy when choosing dental implants over more traditional reconstructive solutions including revitalized oral health, increased aesthetic quality, long lasting durability, and more. Visit our What Are The Benefits of Dental Implants? page to learn more!

How long do dental implants last?

As long as they’re cared for properly with regular oral hygiene and routine visits to the dentist, dental implants can easily last 20 years, 30 years, or the rest of a patient’s life.

Are dental implants right for me?

Dental implants are the right choice for virtually any patient, even those who may have insufficient bone in the necessary areas. However, there are some situations that should be treated with caution. Visit our Ideal Candidates for Dental Implants page to learn more about the good qualities and potential concerns we’ll review during your initial implant consultation.

Why do I need a bone grafting procedure?

The amount of jawbone mass is a crucial factor when determining whether or not the placement of implants will be successful. This can be a problem, as patients who’ve been struggling with tooth loss for a long time typically experience deterioration of bone tissue leaving them with an inadequate amount for the procedure. Thankfully, bone grafting creates a strong foundation for your new smile. Visit our Related Procedures page to learn more about this service.

Are dental implants covered by my insurance?

Everyone’s benefits vary, but many plans actually don’t elect to cover dental implants because they’re still considered a primarily cosmetic procedure. However, your general health insurance may be used to defray some of the surgical costs. Patients are urged to review their personal dental insurance and available medical coverage before pursuing treatment.

What if I want my new teeth faster?

If you’re hoping to achieve a stronger, more complete smile without the long wait times traditional dental implants often require, the advanced All-On-4 procedure may be your ideal solution. By utilizing only a small number of implants designed for immediate functionality, this option allows patients to walk in with an incomplete smile and walk out with a beautiful, new look.

Are there any risks associated with the surgery?

It’s perfectly understandable for patients to be concerned about what they may experience after their implant procedure. Thankfully, a majority of those treated report only mild to moderate cases of post-operative pain or discomfort. You will receive a prescription for pain medication and/or antibiotics to aid your recovery as well.

There is a slight chance that a post-operative infection could result in additional surgery or treatment. It’s also possible that a patient may experience bruised nerves. Because these nerves are responsible for your lips, cheeks, and tongue’s sensation, numbness might occur. This numbness could become permanent, but only in extremely rare circumstances.

How long will it take for my dental implants to heal?

This process will be affected by a few factors, most importantly the type of implant procedure you’ve undergone and the current density of your jawbone. While All-on-4 allows us to leave the very same day as your procedure with a fully restored smile, others require multiple months of healing before restorations can be successfully placed. Bone grafting or additional procedures lengthen this time significantly. Once Dr. Koo knows more about your case, he provides a more accurate timeframe.

What can cause implant failure?

Failure could be possible if the implant is placed improperly and the site isn’t able to heal. Current infections within your oral bone and soft tissue could also lessen the chances of a successful recovery, which is why it’s ideal that patients have relatively good oral health before pursuing implants as a reconstructive solution.

Will the implant placement procedure hurt?

Most patients report only experiencing minimal discomfort and swelling throughout the entire procedure! In fact, many would prefer it to having a tooth extracted.

Could implants help someone who’s unhappy with their regular denture?

In fact, dental implants can be extremely helpful when it comes to improving the stability of a patient’s denture. Additionally, their placement minimizes the threat of jawbone deterioration, which is very common with traditional dentures and bridges. Dr. Koo places two or three implants that support the upper or lower denture. If four or more are needed, a metal bar holds a denture firmly against the roof of the patient’s mouth, making it easier for them to speak and eat with confidence.

Can smokers have implants placed?

Yes, but there are risks involved. For instance, complications and implant failure are much more likely for patients who smoke. With conservative surgery, Dr. Koo helps ensure a higher rate of success.

After undergoing implant surgery, is it possible to return to work?

It depends on the complexity of the surgery. After relatively small cases, many patients often feel well enough to resume their day. However, if your care is more involved, two to three days of rest is recommended before you should return to your regular routine.