At our San Antonio dental practice, we understand that many patients have important questions about dental implants and how they help to restore healthy smiles. To help provide all the information our patients need and want, we have compiled this page of dental implant questions and answers. Read on to discover all the important details.
1) Can any dentist place dental implants?
Only a dental implants provider with proper training can make sure that your dental implants are placed correctly and that they last for many years. Dr. Zingalis is specially trained to properly place your dental implants. This ensures that you will have the best quality products and the greatest chance for success after your implants have been placed.
2) How much do dental implants cost?
The actual cost of dental implants usually varies based on the type of dental implants you choose, the need for supplemental procedures, the number of implants needed, the geographical area you live in, and the provider you choose. You should also make sure that all estimates quoted include all of the parts of the implant, as well as the placement and aftercare.
3) How long do dental implants last?
It is important to note that no tooth replacement option lasts forever. Some implants have been in place for 40 years or more. If patients properly care for their implants, they can last for many decades.
4) How long does getting dental implants take?
The entire dental implants process usually takes between three and six months. However, treatment times can be longer depending on patient health and if supplemental procedures are required. For patients that need bone or gum grafting, 3-6 additional months are sometimes needed.
5) Will my insurance plan pay for dental implants?
Dental insurance rarely covers the entire cost of dental implants. Sometimes medical insurance will cover some of the cost, depending on the type of damage and when it occurred. However, as dental implants increase in popularity, insurance companies will cover their costs in greater numbers. If you have specific questions about insurance coverage, contact your dental insurance company or your employer directly.
6) Is it easy to keep dental implants clean?
One of the best features about dental implants is that they typically require no extra care besides daily brushing and flossing. Additionally, they can be cleaned and examined at the same time as your regular check-ups with your dentist.
7) Is there a preferred age for dental implants?
There is no age limit for dental implants. Patients need to have a healthy jawbone, good oral health, adequate overall health, healthy gum tissues, and be willing to follow doctor’s orders after implant placement. For more details on what makes a good dental implant candidate, please see our page on Dental Implant Candidacy.
You have many wonderful options, so come get the answers you need from Dr. Zingalis. In just a few easy visits to our office, Dr. Zingalis can examine your teeth and help you determine if dental implants are the right tooth replacement treatment for your needs, health, and budget. We serve patients in the San Antonio, TX area and beyond, so call us to get started on a beautifully restored smile today.