This October we are talking about dental implants and why many people, just like you, are considering restoring their smiles through dental implant technology. This month’s blog is a Q & A to help you see the benefits of dental implants for yourself by answering our seven most frequently asked questions on dental implants!

Dental Implant Q & A

Q. Why is a dental implant the best option for a missing tooth?

A. Dental implants are indeed the most preferred replacement for lost teeth. It is the best long-term solution for your chewing functionality which is fundamental to your long-term health; both feeling good, being healthy and not having gastric issues for example.  Here are some additional reasons why dental implants are the best option:

-They protect your facial aesthetic: The face begins to look “sunken” when teeth are lost because of the lack of stimulation that maintains bone density when you chew. Dental implants are effective at mimicking natural teeth to keep you looking young.

-They hold your teeth in their proper position: Dental implants keep your teeth where they need to be so there are no tooth gaps allowing the shifting of teeth. 

-Maintain your jawbone density: When a natural tooth goes missing, the missing tooth root can’t stimulate the jawbone. Dental implants actually replace tooth roots for optimal bone health.

-Implants are a step up from dentures: Dentures can become loose, slip and feel uncomfortable. This can interfere with speech and eating. They also typically need to be fixed or replaced over time, which increases the cost of having them.

-Dental implants beat out tooth-supported bridges long-term: These bridges have a limited lifespan so you’ll need to replace them eventually. Keep in mind that implants function as tooth roots so they don’t stress neighboring teeth like bridges do, which rely on their surrounding support, weakening jawbone health.

Q. What is the price for a dental implant?

A. It essentially depends on what you are having done. Implants can range from $4,500 – $6,500, depending on the type of sedation you will be having, your bone density levels, sinus augmentation, and the restoration itself (dental implant crowns, partial dentures, etc.) all play a factor in the final cost. We do everything from the surgery to the restoration! Keep in mind that dental implants have a well-earned reputation for being the most cost-effective option when it comes to dental restorations over time.

Q. Does my dental insurance cover dental implants?

A. Having dental insurance can help with some of your implant expenses when replacing teeth. The majority of plans do cover dental implants. Send complete documentation which can help with deductibles, copayments, etc. Our office accepts all PPO insurance plans. We can also help you file your claim and work with you to find ways to maximize your coverage. 

Q. What is a dental implant?

A. Dental implants are long-lasting tooth replacements option that maintains the facial appearance and stability of your natural teeth. Implants effectively replace one, multiple or even all of your teeth. Implants come in two parts; the titanium screw, or biocompatible implant post that replaces tooth roots. Surgically installed into the jawbone it will need to fuse (osseointegration) and heal before the second part of the implant can be completed, the implant restoration. This can involve a dental crown or an implant-supported denture.

Q. How is a dental implant different than a dental implant crown?

A. Because the implant fuses with the bone, it replaces both the root and crown of a tooth, making it the most stable and durable option for replacing a tooth. It looks and feels like a normal tooth, as it is customized to fit your facial aesthetics. Consider this metaphor of a house built on a foundation. For dental implants, the dental implant root is the foundation while the dental crown is the house that sits on top. Both need to be solid for a successful outcome.

Q. How long does it take to complete a dental implant from start to finish?

A. This depends on how many teeth you are replacing and your unique needs. The dental implant process can take anywhere from three to six months. We use advanced healing technology, or PRP, platelet-rich plasma, which quickens the healing process. Having good oral health with enough jawbone density to support an implant can also speed up the process, making you heal quickly. And remember, this long-lasting tooth replacement can give you back your healthy mouth!

Q. How long do dental implants last?

A. Taking good care of your mouth with consistent dental care can help your dental implant potentially last a lifetime, and only the crown may need replacing after a decade.

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Remember, dental implants are designed to be the ultimate tooth replacement, maintaining your facial appearance and ability to speak and chew normally, including all your favorite foods! We are excited about your dental implant journey with our team. With over 25 years of experience and six degrees, Frisco’s Best Dentist, Dr. Paresh Patel, provides cosmetic, general, family and restorative dentistry in a relaxing, comfortable dental office.

Dr. Patel was voted by his patients as Best Family Dentist and Best Cosmetic Dentist. He was voted best dentist in DFW in D Magazine by his peers in DFW. Our Family Dentistry of Frisco team is currently accepting new patients. Call today to schedule your dental appointment so that you can start enjoying the healthy and beautiful smile you deserve!

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