Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are the best way to replace a missing tooth or missing teeth. Dental implants are the most comfortable, longest lasting, and easiest to clean restorations for missing teeth. They can be used in many different situations. For example, a single implant and crown can replace one missing tooth, two implants and a bridge can be used to replace a larger span of missing teeth, or multiple implants can be used to replace teeth for an entire upper or lower arch of missing teeth. Every situation is different. Set up an appointment today to determine your options. Consultations and second opinions are free.
Can anyone get a dental implant?
Dental implants rely on healthy bone to hold them in place. Most patients have healthy bone and are good candidates for implants. Even when it appears that implants might not be an option, you may have other excellent options to replace missing teeth. We pride ourselves in giving patients multiple affordable options to achieve their goals and replace missing teeth in the most comfortable and successful way possible.
What should I expect?
Amazing advancements in technology have reduced the time that it takes to replace missing teeth from more than a year to just a few months. What used to take over a year to replace a missing tooth can now be achieved easily in months. Every person’s situation is different, but there are generally three phases to replacing a tooth. First, the tooth is removed. Second, the implant is placed. Third, the crown or bridge is placed on the implant. Time is required between each phase, but usually two phases can be combined into one appointment. Every step is completely painless!
Dr. Gens uses state-of-the-art technology including a 3D x-ray and computer simulated implant surgery. This is to ensure that your implant is placed exactly where it needs to be, minimizing risks and complications. This technology is used at no extra cost to you.
Will the procedure hurt?
No! Getting a tooth implant is completely painless! Every patient at Bay Hills Family Dentistry has said they experience no discomfort during the implant procedure. We use local anesthesia so you are completely comfortable and pain-free. Nitrous oxide, anti-anxiety medication, or sedation is also available and commonly used for apprehensive patients. We will discuss your options to ensure you are anxiety-free, and you can choose whatever option you like.
Why are implants a good option to replace missing teeth?
Implants are an excellent way to replace missing teeth because they are the most comfortable, the easiest to clean, and the longest lasting option. They do not come in and out at night, which helps you to eat, speak, yawn, and feel confident. Implants do not get cavities, and the ultimate goal of an implant is that you forget you were ever missing a tooth.
What are my options to pay for replacing a tooth with a dental implant?
We believe that dentistry should be affordable! We give all of our patients estimates before beginning treatment, so you will know what to expect from start to finish. We also offer interest-free payment plans to help spread the cost over time.
Does insurance cover the cost of dental implants? What if I do not have insurance?
Yes, many insurance companies will contribute towards the cost of the implant and the crown or bridge. We want your insurance provider to help you as much as possible, and as a courtesy to you we will submit to your insurance company and discuss with them as needed to ensure that they are helping you as much as possible.
Many of our patients without insurance use our Annual Preventative Plan, which includes free cleanings and a large discount towards implants and crowns. Our Annual Preventative Plan is comparable to insurance but without the annual maximums, deductibles, and fine print.
Still have questions or want to find out if dental implants are right for you? Call us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gens at (410) 757-9222. Consultations and second opinions are free.