FAQs: Dental Implants
Do you want to learn about dental implants? Read dental implant FAQs that many patients have about this restorative treatment in our Lexington, KY office.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a titanium post that Dr. Freano surgically places into the jaw bone beneath the gum line. This titanium post will act as the tooth root providing a strong foundation for the replacement tooth. Then, Dr. Doyle Freano will use an abutment to attach the post to a replacement tooth. The best part is that dental implants do not come loose. Removable dentures can feel wiggly after sone time. A tooth implant can last a lifetime when you practice proper maintenance and care.
How quickly can I get a replacement tooth?
After a thorough dental exam, Dr. Freano will help you determine the best option for replacing your missing tooth or teeth. Dr. Freano can use dental implants to replace one or several missing teeth. Following surgery, the dental implant typically requires 3 to 6 months to fully integrate with the jaw bone before we can secure the permanent restoration. The process may take longer if a patient needs bone grafting or periodontal therapy prior to their implant treatment.
Do dental implants require special care?
Regular oral hygiene should keep your dental implant healthy for a lifetime of smiles. Dental implants require no more maintenance or care than your natural teeth. However, like your natural teeth, dental implants depend on healthy gums and surrounding tooth structures for support. It is important that you brush and floss regularly and visit Dr. Freano at least twice a year for dental cleanings.
How much pain will I feel after the dental implant procedure?
There is generally little to no discomfort following the dental implant surgery. Our office staff will call in any necessary prescriptions in advance to prevent swelling and discomfort.
Does my insurance cover dental implants?
Each patient’s dental insurance is unique and their coverage will vary depending on the plan. We have trained in-house specialists who can answer many of your dental insurance questions. Not many dental insurance plans will cover dental implants. However, some insurance plans will partially cover the dental fabrication such as the dental bridge, dental crown, or denture.
We will submit the necessary documentation to your dental insurance company to maximize your reimbursement. Our office works with patients to ensure they understand the cost of their treatment and what their dental benefits may cover. We also accept Health Savings Account and Flex Spending Account payments and we offer phased treatment plans. The benefits of dental implants are endless and they are truly an investment in your oral health and quality of life.
If I need a dental implant, how long does the process take?
The process of getting a dental implant is not a quick one. It can take anywhere from six months to two years to complete the full process. The first step is to find a dentist that has experience with dental implants and is qualified to do them. Once you have found your dentist, they will take an impression of your mouth and create a custom treatment plan. Then you will need to get oral surgery to place the implant post or posts.
Once this is complete, you will need to go through a healing process before you can have the abutment and prosthetic put in place. This can take anywhere from six months up to two years depending on your overall health, and how many implant posts you get.
What is the cost of a dental implant?
The cost of a dental implant depends on the type of implant you are getting. The cost of a single tooth implant can range from $1,000 to $2,000. A full set of implants can range from $5,000 to $10,000. The cost also varies depending on the dentist and their location. There are many factors that can affect the price and it’s important to have an idea about them before you make any decisions. To learn more, see Cost of Dental Implants.
Learn More About Dental Implants
- Dental Implants in Lexington, KY
- Dental Implants vs Dentures
- Dental Implants for Multiple Teeth
- Single Tooth Dental Implant
- The Dental Implant Process
Contact Our Dental Office To Replace Missing Teeth Today
Do you want to discuss your options for dental implant treatment? If you are a new patient, please call Dr. Freano to schedule an appointment at 859-251-3809. You may also request a dental consultation on our website.