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Dental Implant FAQ

Dental Shop Staff Writer | January 8, 2016

Dental Implants placed in the jaw bones become anchors for a variety of uses including:


  • Securing a lower/upper denture
  • Replacement of full lower/upper dentures with non-removable teeth.
  • Replacement of partial dentures with non-removable teeth.
  • Replacement of a single missing tooth.


What is a Dental Implant?


Implants take many shapes and sizes depending on the patient’s needs. Most are made of titanium, a very hard and durable metal. This metal has been shown to be 100% compatible with the human body. Dental Implants are not transplants taken from another human. Therefore there are no problems with the rejection reactions associated with transplants such as lungs, or kidneys. In fact, there has never been a case reported in the scientific literature where the body has rejected the materials that are used in today’s advanced Dental Implants. Since they are made of metal and undergo rigorous sterilization procedures approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, there is absolutely no possibility of disease transmission.


Is getting a Dental Implant expensive?


Dental Implant treatment involves a significant investment in your oral health. Since each individual’s needs are different, only an examination will tell what it will cost you. The average cost to replace a single missing tooth is $2,350.00. Having dental insurance that covers dental implants can help with the high cost of a dental implant. Be sure to make sure the dental insurance plan you buy has no waiting periods for dental implants.


Does dental insurance cover dental implants?


Here at the Dental Insurance Shop we have plan options that do cover dental implants. If you are looking for a dental insurance plan to cover dental implants please visit our Spirit Dental Gold PPO plan page. This is the best option if you need immediate coverage for dental implants.


Is getting a Dental Implant painful?


In most cases Dental Implant surgery has no more discomfort than the extraction of teeth. However, for difficult surgeries some offices may use sedation which gives complete pain control.


How long do Dental Implants last?


When your dentist places your implants, they will have every intention of them lasting your lifetime. The most critical factor to success is how much bone you have. The longer the teeth have been removed, the less the available bone. This is why it’s important for you to consider Dental Implants NOW!


How long does it take to get a Dental Implant?


The length of your Dental Implant treatment depends on your needs, complexity of treatment, your health, and healing. Treatment time can range from 3 months to a year or more.


How are Dental Implants placed?


Dental Implants are surgically placed into the jaw bone and over a period of time, usually 6 months, fuse to the jaw and become firmly attached thereby acting as anchors for a variety of replacement teeth. Many people believe that one Implant must be used for each tooth replaced. While this is true in some cases, in the vast majority of cases this is not true. As an example, only four or five Dental Implants could be used to hold a full lower denture that replaces all sixteen lower teeth.

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