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Dental Implants

How much do dental implants cost?

No two patients or their customized dental implant treatments are exactly alike, so the number of appointments, procedures and cost varies accordingly. After an initial appointment and assessment, your dental implant expert should provide you with a treatment plan including the estimated number of appointments and cost, and then notify you if there are any changes during the process.
Because your teeth affect everything from your smile and confidence, to your ability to eat, speak and participate in the activities you enjoy, and because there is no better option to restore missing teeth, dental implants are an investment well worth considering.

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Are dental implants covered by insurance?

Recognizing the long-term patient benefits over other treatment options, an increasing number of insurance companies have started providing some coverage. If yours doesn’t, ask them if they will give you an allowance towards dental implants equal to the cost of a bridge or traditional dentures. Also ask your implant dentist about financing and payment options.

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How long does it take to restore one or more teeth using dental implants?

Every case is different. After an initial consultation, your implant dentist should provide you with a treatment plan including the estimated amount of time to complete the process. The treatment time depends on each patient's restoration needs, medical and dental histories, the condition of the jawbone, and the technique and materials that are used.

To ensure a strong, sturdy and long-lasting smile that looks, feels, fits and functions over time like natural teeth, multiple appointments are almost always necessary. The total amount of time from start to finish can be as short as a few months, to more than a year for more complex conditions. Patients return home in between visits and continue to work and go about their everyday lives. What's most important is that you receive the right treatment for you, are comfortable throughout the process, and are happy with the result for years to come.

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What are the risks of dental implants?

Dental implants, which have been used for decades, are proven safe and effective.  Dental implant surgery is one of the most predictable procedures in dentistry.

Complications from dental implant surgery are rare but, as with any medical procedure, there are risks, and these risks may be higher for patients who smoke or have other medical conditions. Risks include: infection, which generally responds to medication; damage to other teeth, tooth roots, sinus problems; fractures; nerve damage that can result in pain, numbness or tingling; inability to complete the procedure due to inadequate jawbone; and implant failure.

Talk with your implant dentist before any procedure to discuss your health history and habits and to fully understand the risks involved.

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Who should perform the procedure?

It is essential to choose a dental implant expert with the training, skills and experience to assess your situation and custom design a personalized treatment plan just for you. 

For more information and a list of questions to ask when selecting a dental implant dentist, see How do you find a dental implant dentist? and Why choose an AAID credentialed dental implant expert?
 

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Will it hurt?

While there may be some discomfort and bruising depending on your individual situation and restoration needs, many people are pleasantly surprised and report that they feel better than they anticipated after the procedure. The majority of dental implant patients return to work and everyday activities by the next day, are able to function normally between appointments, and are very pleased with the end result.  See what real patients have to say.

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Will I have teeth in between the steps of the procedure and while my custom crown/bridge is being made?

Temporary teeth may be placed while your dental implants integrate with your natural bone. Talk with your implant dentist to determine the best option for you. Learn more about the Dental Implant Options.

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