FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: HOW MUCH DO DENTAL IMPLANTS COST AND DOES INSURANCE COVER THE COST?
A: Dr. Smiler accepts Medicare for implant surgical treatment in the hospital or office. The cost of treatment varies with patient needs. Dr. Smiler will discuss fees and alternative treatment plans.
Q: AM I A CANDIATE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?
A: Almost anyone who is missing a single tooth or all their teeth, or has extensive bone loss, are candidates for dental implants. Most patients who are healthy enough to undergo regular dental treatment can have dental implants.
Q: WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
A: A dental implant is a small post, usually made of titanium, that serves as a substitute for the root of the tooth. An abutment is placed on the top of the dental implant to connect with the crown. Finally, a crown, which is a replacement part for a missing tooth, is custom-fabricated to match your natural teeth.
Q: WHY CHOOSE AN ORAL SURGEON VS. A GENERAL DENTIST TO PERFORM YOUR DENTAL IMPLANT SURGERY?
A: An Oral Surgeon is a dentist with extensive surgical training and in-depth surgical background. Oral surgeons have the skills to perform more complicated procedures and manage complications. This translates into better outcomes. A recent survey published in the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) suggests that dental implant success rates in oral surgery practices are higher than the same procedures performed by general dentists.
Q: WHY DO SO MANY PEOPLE PREFER DENTAL IMPLANTS?
A: Dental implants are the most natural looking and natural feeling replacements for missing teeth, and they help keep your jawbone healthy.
Q: WILL MY IMPLANTS FUNCTION AS WELL AS MY NATURAL TEETH?
A: Having implants is comparable to having natural teeth. Implants give patients back the confidence in going about daily routines, social interactions, eating out with friends and family.
Q: HOW LONG WILL MY IMPLANT LAST?
A: Many patients treated by Dr. Smiler are functioning successfully with implant supported restorations for over 25 years.
Q: HOW LONG DOES TREATMENT TAKE?
A: With today’s digital technology some implant cases can be completed within one day. Other cases may require a longer time of 8-12 weeks before completion. Dr. Smiler will discuss your personal situation and treatment.