Implant Restorations: FAQs
When one or more missing teeth need replacing, implant restorations can be the right solution. Before undergoing this procedure, most people have questions and need to determine if dental implants are the correct course of action. Here are some of the questions commonly asked about dental implant restorations.
The process of getting a dental implant can vary from patient to patient, and the procedure will be different for each person.
How long does it take to get dental implants?
The process of getting a full set of dental implants can take up to nine months from start to finish. Even a single implant can take anywhere from six to nine months before it is completed. The length of time it takes for each patient will depend on several factors. Some of these factors include whether or not a bone graft is necessary to strengthen the jawbone before inserting an implant and how quickly the bone heals after a graft or after the implant is inserted into the jawbone.
How effective are dental implants?
Implant restorations replace both the roots and crowns of missing teeth and are specifically designed to be permanent. This type of replacement teeth is extremely stable and durable and will not present the common problems associated with temporary removable dentures like slipping out or rubbing the gums. While where the implants are placed in the jaw can cause success rates to vary, implants have an average success rate of 98%, according to WebMD. Implants are able to last the rest of your life if properly maintained.
Getting dental implants can be a significant investment, and most people want to know specifics about the financial aspects of the procedure before committing to it.
How much do dental implants cost?
On average, a full set of dental implants costs $34,000, according to the Authority Dental Organization. A single implant costs an average of $4,800. Variations to these numbers come largely from the materials used and the prestige of the dental professional performing the procedure. The more expensive implants are those with porcelain crowns and custom-made abutments. Pre-fabricated options are less expensive. It can also be cheaper if bone grafting is not necessary.
Does insurance cover dental implants?
Because cosmetic dental procedures are not covered by the vast majority of insurance policies, there is typically a decent out-of-pocket expense associated with implant restorations. In some cases, insurance will cover part of the cost, or perhaps the cost associated with the replacement tooth. The patient is usually responsible to pay for the actual implant and any procedures involved with inserting it.
Most people have questions when considering any type of medical procedure, and implant restorations are no different. Each case will vary based on the medical condition and history of the patient as well as the type of dental implant being inserted. For specific answers to these and other questions about implants, consult a dental professional.
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