Dental Implant FAQ
Dental implants can be an ideal replacement for missing teeth. These implants are permanent additions to your mouth that you do not need to remove or care for in any special way. You simply brush and floss as you would with your natural teeth. Our team at Treasure Valley Oral & Facial Surgery has provided dental implants to many patients over the years. If you are considering dental implants, you may have some questions.
Can I Get Implants?
Implants are an option for many of our patients. However, to determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure, you will have to come in for an exam. Usually, anyone who is in good overall health and has good oral health will be able to get implants. If you are not a good candidate for implants, you may need to consider dentures or a bridge.
How Long Does It Take to Get Implants?
The entire process usually takes several months. If you need bone grafts to strengthen your jaw, it is possible that it will take six months or more from the first procedure to the final placement of your new implants. It depends on what procedures you need and how quickly you heal. We will create an individual timeline for you once we know exactly what you will need.
Why Should I Get Implants?
Dental implants have a number of advantages over dentures. They are permanent and do not need to be removed. They act and feel like natural teeth, and you will not feel any discomfort or need to worry about anything getting under them like you do with dentures. Today’s modern implants look like real teeth, and we can even match the shade of the implant crown to that of the surrounding teeth.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Implants?
Some insurance companies do cover implants. You will need to contact your insurance company and talk to them about your coverage. There are also financing options available if your insurance does not.
How Long Will Implants Last?
Implants are designed to last for the rest of your life. Of course, the crowns can be damaged just like your natural teeth can, but they are not susceptible to decay. As long as you take care of them and come in regularly for checkups and cleanings, you should not need to have them replaced.
Can Implants Fail?
They can, but it is fairly rare for dental implants to fail. It is possible for the posts to fail to integrate properly with your jawbone. The implants can also become loose or no longer have the support they need if you develop periodontal disease. This can occur if you do not continue brushing and flossing regularly. While your implants may not be harmed by many of the same things that can damage natural teeth, your gums can. You need to continue with good oral hygiene to protect your gums and the rest of your mouth.
Understanding the benefits of dental implants can be helpful! Do you have other questions about dental implants? Want to find out if you are a good candidate? Call Treasure Valley Oral & Facial Surgery at (208) 343-0909 to schedule a consultation.