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Are dental implants best for me?

Answer these 3 questions to know if dental implants are your best choice for a natural-looking smile. 
1) Do you want the most natural looking smile? A dental implant can feel, fit and function like a natural tooth when you use an experienced dental implant dentist. Other options may interfere with your normal everyday eating, smiling, and speaking. 
2) Do you want a hassle free smile? Dental implants allow you to bite naturally, eat virtually anything you want, and brush your teeth normally. Other options including dentures can feel uncomfortable when eating, restrict your food choices, and need to be removed for cleaning. A trusted dentist who understands dental implants can explain how the options differ.
3) Do you want a smile that won’t make you feel embarrassed? Dental implants are fixed in place when done correctly by an implant expert. This means they won't move, click or shift, which gives you confidence in your smile. Other options including dentures could slip when eating, talking or even laughing, which can be embarrassing. 
If you answered “Yes” to one or more of the questions, then we have good news: dental implants are the right choice for you. Find an AAID Credentialed implant dentist. Don't forget: dental implants are wonderful but highly sophisticated, and last for years.  To ensure you have a qualified, experienced implant expert, it is critical that you ask your dentist, "Are you credentialed by AAID?"

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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 of dental implants varies depending on the person. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants are highly customized for your teeth and mouth - that is why they look so natural.

That said, the cost of dental implants tends to compare very favorably to other tooth replacment options because dental implants can last so long, even an entire lifetime. Importantly, you will want to use an experienced, credentialed implant dentist so your implants last and look good. Other teeth replacement options may appear to have a lower up front cost, but you will continue to pay that cost over and over, making them expensive compared to dental implants.

The cost for a dental implant to replace a single tooth is estimated to be in the range of $3,000 to $4,500, according to The New York Times. However, the key for you to get the lowest possible cost is to check with a credentialed dental implant expert.

What if you see ads with exceptionally low prices for dental implants? Do you think these dental implant prices sound too good to be true? Well, you know what they say about something sounding too good to be true.... So the key is to ask the right questions of an implant dentist you know you can trust: Does the price include bone augmentation, soft tissue treatment, extraction - if needed, the abutment, crown, and a provisional, immediate load? Ask where the crown is manufactured, what the size of the implant is, and anything else that comes to mind.  Your dentist should be happy to answer your questions. That is why the AAID Credentialed Implant Dentist was created, so you can get the answers you need, and trust your implant dentist to plan the treatment that is safe and best for you both now and in the long term.

The emphasis here is the credentialing. Any dentist can offer implants, but a credentialed implant dentist has verified experience to find the best approach for you, which minimizes your cost both up front and long term as the implant lasts and lasts.

That's why you should always ask an implant dentist: "Are you AAID credentialed?" They won't mind, and you'll sleep better at night if you ask the question.

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. 

If you are quoted a cost for dental implants before seeing a dental implant dentist, you should be careful. A one-price-fits-all approach may give you a higher cost than you would receive after being seen by a qualified, experienced dental implant expert who can design a personalized plan for you.

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 you'll love. Find an implant dentist near you to explore options right now.

Dental implants are a long term investment. To ensure you are using a qualified, experienced implant expert, it is important that you ask your dentist, "Are you credentialed by AAID?"

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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. Locate an implant dentist near you.

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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. Find an implant dentist you can trust.

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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. Find an implant dentistry expert right now. Don't forget: dental implants are wonderful, but technically complicated.  To ensure you have a qualified, experienced implant expert, it is critical that you ask your dentist, "Are you credentialed by AAID?"

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Who should perform the dental implant 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. We have assembled a searchable directory of implant dentists who meet those criteria.

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?

Don't be shy about asking, "Are you credentialed by AAID?" It will give you peace of mind.

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Does it hurt to get a dental implant?

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. Find an implant dentist who can explain the procedures in more detail to put you at ease.

To ensure you are using an experienced, proven implant expert who can make the process as painless is possible, the first question you should ask is, "Are you credentialed by AAID?"

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Will I have teeth in between the steps of the dental implant 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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