Dental Implants FAQ

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a permanent solution to missing one or more teeth and can be placed in the upper or lower jaw. The implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root of the natural tooth. We use titanium because it can fuse with the jawbone and serve as a solid anchor for the replacement tooth.

 Do dental implants look and feel like real teeth?

Yes! One of the benefits of dental implants is they look and feel very natural. You will be able to chew with the same force and pressure as your natural teeth. With implants, you can enjoy all your favorite foods again without any pain or discomfort.

Why dental implants?

There are many positive reasons a patient should consider a dental implant. They perform and look just like real teeth and are extremely reliable. Without an implant, patients may experience shrinkage of the jawbone resulting in your face looking older than it is. Dental implants provide a lifetime of benefits for the recipient.

Are implants successful?

Yes! Because the implant is made from titanium, it is very compatible with the body, and as a result, will not be rejected. Data has been collected over the last 30 years which shows dental implants are 97% successful.

Are implants painful?

With any surgery, there will be some discomfort during recovery. As with most oral surgeries, implant surgery will heal within a few days and you may return to work within a day or two, if not sooner! At Dental Associates, we strive to make your experience as comfortable and painless as possible. To do this, we use anesthetic and offer intravenous sedation. After surgery, you may have some bruising and swelling in the gums. We prescribe medication to alleviate this discomfort or any swelling you may experience.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

If you are missing one or more teeth due to injury or tooth decay, you may be a good candidate for dental implants. The main determining factor is the amount of bone available. Our team will evaluate your case and determine if implants are a viable solution for you.

Will my insurance cover dental implants?

Your insurance may cover some portions of the procedure; however, an implant is not a covered benefit in most insurance policies. Our team will work to maximize your available medical and dental benefits to help reduce your out-of-pocket costs. We also offer CareCredit financing as well as a Dental Associates discount plan. Learn more about financing.

How much do dental implants cost?

The procedure will vary in cost depending on the type and number of implants needed. Your dental insurance may also impact your final cost. To schedule a consultation, call 708-403-9848 and our staff can go over your specific case.

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