Dental implants, questions and answers
Dental implants are purposed to be a permanent solution to your missing teeth. Because the implants are anchored into your bone, dentists consider implants to be the most effective and stable long-term tooth replacement option.
You can expect your titanium implant to last a lifetime. Good care contributes to the longevity of your dental implants. Crowns, bridges or dentures may need to be replaced after 10 to 15 years.
Cost, finance, and insurance
The cost of replacing a tooth with a dental implant is almost the same as replacing it with a traditional fixed bridge. The cost will vary by patient needs, bone condition, and region. Dental implant treatment may qualify for some insurance coverage, but situations vary. One of our expert prosthodontists experts will make an assessment based on your unique needs.
This all depends on your specific situation. Once our expert team helps you learn more about your specific needs, to give you an accurate assessment of the costs of your procedure.
Here are some factors that will determine the cost of your dental implant treatment:
- The amount, quality, and location of bone
- The number of dental implants you’ll need to support the teeth
- The number of teeth that need replacing
- The type of artificial teeth the dentist will use
- The types of dental implants used
This is something you can discuss with our expert team during your initial consultation.
- Your dental health
- Which teeth are replaced
- The number of teeth involved
- If you’ll require a bone graft before the implant placement
- If you’ll require a tooth extraction before the implant placement
Don’t apply any heat to your face unless otherwise instructed to by your dentist. Heat may increase swelling.
Stay away from using straws, blowing up balloons and other activities with forced air as doing so places pressure on your mouth that may dislodge the blood clot that’s keeping the wound closed, cause more bleeding, and delay healing.
Care and Maintenance
- Brushing and cleaning them twice per day. Make sure to use a soft-bristle toothbrush
- Focus on and around the crown to ensure you’re getting all the spaces where plaque can form
- If you have denture-supported implants, make sure you remove and clean them at night
- If your dentist recommends it, try using a toothpaste designed to be less abrasive
- Use unwaxed floss or a product your dentist recommends
- Consider using a water flosser that has high-pressure streams of water to help remove plaque, bacteria and debris
- Visit your dentist for routine check-ups and cleanings