Dental Implants FAQ
A lot of the time our patients are not fully aware of what goes on during a dental implant procedure and find themselves asking Dr. Griffin questions about it, like “does the procedure hurt?” or “how much does a dental implant cost?” Just to make sure you are comfortable with every step of this process, we want to answer these impending questions for you that may be on your mind.
Why Do I Need A Dental Implant?
If you are experiencing a missing tooth or teeth, it is imperative that the spaces in the mouth are filled before they bring harmful infection, disease and excess bacteria. Patients that leave the spaces of the mouth open and neglect to clean out the oral cavity become extremely susceptible to decay, gum disease, jawbone deterioration, and other diseases. Dental implants offer protection to the gums by filling in those harmful spaces and can actually work to increase density in the bones of the teeth and jaw. Dental implants work as a natural part of the mouth, thanks to process osseointegration; this is the natural fusion of the titanium alloy inside the jawbone.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
- Implants are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth
- The material they are composed of cannot decay
- Implants can last a lifetime, with proper care and attention
- Dental implants can help prevent gum disease and tooth decay
- The procedure is natural and safe
- They are just as strong as natural teeth; patients should not be afraid to brush or floss them regularly
Does Getting A Dental Implant Hurt?
This procedure in no way is painful. Our patients are given various sedative options to choose from that are specifically and personally chosen for them by Dr. Griffin and his staff. Another factor that will determine how much or what kind of sedative is given to the patient is the procedure needed; the more advanced or serious it is, the more sedation may be needed. The only feeling that our patients experience after our procedures is a little bit of soreness, that can be easily taken away with some Advil.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
A dental implant can last your whole life, if taken care of well. Through the process of osseointegration, the oral cavity believes that the dental implant is a natural part of the oral system and functions as a real and natural tooth. Considering dental implants are just as strong as our original teeth, we highly recommend brushing and flossing at least 2-3 times a day to keep them clean and healthy.
How Can I Tell if I Will Qualify For A Dental Implant?
The only person that can determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants is Dr. Griffin, which is why we have patients set up consultations to determine in person whether or not they will qualify for the procedure. Throughout this consultation, Dr. Griffin will review your chart and oral, dental and overall health to decide whether you will qualify for dental implants. If he concludes that you cannot qualify as an initial candidate, bone graft and gum graft procedures can be made to strengthen the jawbone and gum tissue. Dr. Griffin will discuss which options he believes you will benefit from the most and which are vital to the future qualification of dental implants.
How Much Does a Dental Implant Cost?
Patients are always curious about the cost of a dental implant or dental implants, but this can only be determined once you have seen Dr. Griffin and he examines your oral and dental health. Each patient’s price will vary depending on the amount of damage, lack of sufficient bone and gum tissue, what type of anesthetic will be needed during the procedures, and the patient’s habits. When patients have neglected their gums and teeth for years, they most likely will not be approved right away for dental implants; which will most likely add to the cost. The more procedures are needed for preparation of the dental implants, the higher the price will be. Also, note that the more damage done as a patient is contemplating the procedure, can add to the price as well; the worse the mouth gets, the harder it will be to restore the health and hygiene. Fortunately, Dr. Griffin has years and years of experience with these dental problems and possesses the wisest perception of what patients need and how to help them afford it through supportive payment plans. Our staff will even contact your insurance provider personally to ensure you are getting the maximized amount of dental benefits that you need to have these procedures done.
Did We Not Answer Your Question? Call Us
If you have questions that were not answered here, do not hesitate to call us at City Center Dental Care today. Let us schedule a simple consultation with Dr. Griffin so you can see if you qualify for dental implants, what your particular cost will be and what steps you need to take to get on the right dental track. We can be reached at 757-873-3001.