Dental Implants FAQs
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant fixture is a titanium screw that is surgically placed below the gums and into the jawbone, to act as an artificial tooth root in the area of the missing tooth. This dental implant can be designed to replace a single missing tooth; or, multiple implants can be placed to create implant retained bridges or implant retained dentures, for patients with multiple missing teeth.
To replace a missing tooth, dental implants will have additional components that will allow a crown, bridge, or denture to attach to the implant that is below the gums.
A dental implant abutment is the second part of the dental implant, and screws into and attaches to the implant fixture after it has integrated with the bone. The abutment is the portion of the implant that can be visibly seen above the gum line. Like a natural tooth that has been trimmed and prepared for a crown, this is the portion of the implant tooth that holds and supports the crown, bridge, or denture that is being designed to replace the missing tooth.
The third and final part of a dental implant is the implant crown, bridge, or denture that is being designed to replace the missing tooth. This prosthesis will either be cemented or screwed into the implant for crowns and bridges; or clipped, snapped, or screwed into place for implant dentures.
Are Dental Implants A Painful Dental Procedure?
Never fear! Dental implants are not as painful as you think. Many people avoid dental implants because they believe they are painful. In actuality, many patients express that the procedure was simpler and less painful than they had imagined. Most procedures only require the use of local anesthesia to prevent you from feeling pain, though nitrous oxide may also be used to further reduce discomfort and anxiety. Once the dental implants are in place, they will look and feel just like real teeth.
The procedure itself is pain free, as it is performed with local anesthesia to completely numb your mouth. The good news is that the bone doesn’t have nerves, which makes the procedure painless. The local anesthesia given is mainly to numb the gum tissue only. While a small number of patients experience discomfort after the implant surgery, most people find that the post implant surgery recovery process is not nearly as painful as they expected it to be. Patients consistently report that the dull aching sensation that they experience is similar to what they experienced after having a root canal or a tooth pulled. I once had a comedian get a dental implant surgically placed, and he was actually able to perform on stage the same night!
Overall, patients report that the results are well worth the process.
What Is The Recovery Time for Dental Implant Surgery?
Although the healing time after dental implant fixture surgery can last from three to six months, most patients feel that getting their smile back in a way that results in a normal, natural feeling state, is well worth the wait. After the initial first phase of dental implant surgery is complete, depending on the dentist and the turnaround time it takes for the lab to fabricate the final prosthesis, the restoration of the implant can take another 1-4 weeks.
How Much Does Dental Implants Cost?
Dental implants can vary in cost depending on what type implants you are getting to replace your missing teeth and if you have enough bone present at the implant site to hold an implant. Dental implants fixture will typically cost an estimated $2500 and $3,000 per tooth and additional fees for the final restoration (crown, bridge, or implant denture). The fees will vary depending on what region of the country you live in, as well as how skilled your cosmetic dentist is. Cheaper implants are usually provided by private practice dentists who don’t use top notch dental labs and ceramists to custom make natural looking implant crown, bridges, or dentures; or dentists who are not are not surgically skilled.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
Dental Implants are sometimes considered a cosmetic or surgical procedure that is not covered by dental insurance. However, surprisingly some dental insurance plans will indeed cover approximately 50% of the cost of the implant surgery or restoration of the dental implant. Check with your dental insurance provider directly or ask your dental team if they can inquire about your dental insurance benefits for dental implants.
Is Financing or Payment Plans Available For Dental Implants?
We offer true No-interest payment plans for 12 months and extended financing for up to 5 years with competitive fixed interest rates ranging from APR of 3.99%-24.99% for dental implants via Lending Club Patient Solutions for those who qualify based on their credit score. We DO NOT offer in house payment plans. For more information or to apply visit www.lendingclub.com/dental or call 800-630-1663.
Why Should You Choose New York City Cosmetic and General Dentistry To Replace Your Missing Teeth?
Owner Dr. Catrise Austin is a proud member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). For nearly 2 decades she has dedicated her career in dentistry to excellence and expertise in cosmetic dentistry. We have a team of dental specialists who are experts in replacing missing teeth. We provide reliable and dramatic results with dental implants for our patient’s often bypassing the need for removable dentures or cutting down healthy teeth with porcelain bridges. When you transform your smile using dental implants with New York City Cosmetic and General Dentistry you can expect a secure, natural looking, and long lasting result in approximately 3-5 months! As the author of multiple consumer dentistry books, Dr. Austin is the go-to consumer and media authority on cosmetic dentistry for patients nationwide. Have additional questions about missing teeth and the dental implant process? Pick up a copy of Dr. Catrise Austin’s new smile makeover book on Amazon called GetSmiled!