Frequently Asked Questions
- How much does it cost?
- Will my insurance pay for my implants?
- Does it hurt?
- How long will it take?
- Are dental implants as strong as natural teeth?
- Will I be without my teeth?
- Is treatment available for failed implants?
- Am I a candidate for dental implants?
- Are there age restrictions on dental implants?
How much does it cost?
The fees will vary depending on your treatment needs. A single dental implant restoration typically costs less than a 3-unit bridge, a common alternative. Cost per tooth may also be less when replacing multiples, because each tooth may not require an individual implant to support it. Denture wearers can also improve denture stability with only a minimal implant treatment. To determine your needs and the associated costs please contactour office.
Full mouth implant treatment is a common recommendation. The cost will depend on the number of implant and the number and type of teeth to be replaced. Types can refer to either fixed or removable implants, each of which has different costs.
Will my insurance pay for my implants?
Dental implants are not typically covered by dental insurance. However, more companies today cover dental implants than ever before. Review your policy carefully. It’s possible that your insurance will help pay for the teeth that are placed on your implants, even if they don’t cover the implants themselves. When in doubt, contact your dental insurance provider for more information.
Does it hurt?
Most patients experience little discomfort during and after their dental implant procedure. The staff at Carolina Restorative & Implant Dentistry is trained to safely administer conventional local anesthesia which can also be combined with Oral Conscious Sedation. Oral Conscious Sedation is medication that decreases anxiety and will relax you during your treatment. Please contact our office to dicuss the right treatment plan for you.
How long will it take?
Most implant procedures are relatively quick, while post-procedure treatment averages 3-6 months. During this time, the tooth bone will fuse with the implant beneath your gum line. There is no discomfort, or sensation at all really, with this process. Follow-up visits will be scheduled to determine when your treatment is complete.
Are dental implants as strong as natural teeth?
Implants are actually considered stronger than natural teeth in many cases, and they provide full functionality once the treatment period is complete. You will be able to dine normally and enjoy all of your favorite foods.
Will I be without my teeth?
Dentures or partials may be worn over the implants while they mature during the healing process. Whenever a tooth removal and implant is required, temporary teeth will be made prior to the extraction.
Is treatment available for failed implants?
Yes, although implant failure is quite rare. When it does occur, the failed implant can be replaced with another.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Most likely yes. Anyone who is healthy enough to undergo a tooth extraction is probably a suitable candidate for a dental implant procedure. Patients with a history of chronic diseases, heavy smoking or alcohol abuse may not be candidates for implants. Before beginning any treatment plan, your doctor should conduct a complete physical exam and evaluation of your medical history to determine whether treatment is a viable option for you.
Are there age restrictions on dental implants?
No, there are no age restrictions on undergoing dental implant treatments.