FAQ - Smile Dental


Guide to Dental Implants by Dr. William Liang
Your Dental Implants Complete Guide by AAID

Are implants successful?
Implants, as we know them today, have been in existence for at least twenty-five years. For the last ten years, however, success rates at many treatment centres are consistently over 95% with proper personal and professional care. Few forms of medical, orthopedic or dental treatment have such high success rates.

What is the procedure like?
There are actually two phases to implant dentistry:
Phase 1: With great care, implants are placed into the jawbone. The gum tissues are then closed and the healing phase begins. This may take anywhere from 3-6 months. Sometimes, the implants may be put to use immediately.

Phase 2: Creating and fixing the new tooth or teeth to the implant structure. Implants can replace a single tooth, several teeth or your dentures.

Does it hurt?
Usually, discomfort is not a problem. You will be given appropriate medications during and after the procedure. We urge you to ask other patients how they felt after implant therapy.

How long will it take?
Most implant supported dentures cases are completed in three to four days.For other situations, the complete process may take anywhere from 4-8 months, based on where the implants are placed and the type of restoration you desire.

Will I be without teeth?
This may vary depending on the individual case. You may be without your teeth for several days. We will make sure that in the interim period, you look and feel very natural.

Am I too old?
Implant patients can be in their early teens or be mature adults in their seventies and eighties. Good health and adequate bone are the most critical factors in evaluating implant candidates.

What will it feel like when it is done?
Once the entire procedure is complete and the final restorations placed, they will actually feel or function like your natural teeth!

How do I take care of my implants?
Normal routine home care and professional cleaning visits are required. It is important to know that every 3-6 months, you will need to have a routine hygiene treatment and evaluation.

Are they expensive?
Initially, you might feel dental implants are expensive. However, they represent a more permanent and natural solution than dentures and partials. Thus, there is a greater initial investment. They should last for years, particularly if you have an “ideal” case. Independent surveys of implant patients show that they felt the investment was worth every penny and would do it again!

How much do they cost?
Each case is different. Cost is a function of your particular needs. After a complete examination, your doctor will more specifically determine your dental needs and the best treatment alternative(s) for you. At that point, you can specifically address the question of cost and be helped with financial arrangements.

Will My Insurance Pay for Implants?
Very few dental insurance plans cover implant placement; however, fabrication of the replacement teeth may be partially covered.

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