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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions

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  • What should I do if a dental restoration (filling or crown) comes loose?

    Contact our office to schedule an appointment for reattachment or replacement. Do not chew on the tooth that is impacted until it has healed and is restored.

  • How can I prevent dental emergencies?

    While some emergencies are unavoidable, you can lower your risk by maintaining proper dental hygiene. It is a smart idea to wear a mouthguard during sports activities, and avoid habits that may lead to dental trauma, such as chewing on ice or hard objects.

  • Can I take over-the-counter pain relievers for a dental emergency?

    Over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage pain temporarily, but they should not replace professional dental care. It’s crucial to seek dental treatment to address the underlying issue.

  • Does insurance cover dental emergencies?

    Many dental insurance plans provide coverage for emergency dental care. However, it’s essential to check your insurance policy for specific details on coverage and reimbursement.

  • What should I do if I have a dental emergency outside of regular office hours?

    Contact our dental care line for guidance in a dental emergency. We offer after-hours emergency appointments to address your needs promptly.

  • Are same-day dental implants right for me?

    If you’re in need of a fast and convenient solution for missing teeth, same-day dental implants could be a great option for you. However, there are a few factors that you should take into consideration before determining whether or not this is the appropriate solution for your needs. It’s also crucial to have a comprehensive consultation with your dentist and talk about any concerns or questions you might have.

  • How much do dental implants cost?

    The price of dental implants can change a lot based on a few different things. One of the main things that can affect the cost is the number of teeth that need to be replaced. Additionally, the type of artificial teeth that will be used can also play a role in determining the overall cost. For instance, a dental implant that has been completely restored with a crown, or a dental implant that provides support for a denture. 

    Typically, the cost for a single dental implant ranges from $1,500 to $2,000 per implant. Actually, it’s not based on the procedure itself, but rather on a per-implant basis. It’s worth noting that certain patients might require additional procedures like extractions or bone grafts, which could potentially increase the overall cost. 

    Before going ahead with any dental procedure, it’s crucial to have a conversation with your dentist about all the costs involved.

  • Are dental implants painful?

    Similar to any surgical procedure, it is common to experience some level of discomfort. However, rest assured that local anesthesia and/or intravenous sedation are administered to effectively eliminate any discomfort during the procedure. 

    It is worth noting that the majority of patients often find themselves pleasantly surprised by the level of comfort they experience post-procedure, surpassing their initial expectations.

  • What is involved in getting a dental implant?

    The process of getting dental implants typically involves several visits spread out over several months. It begins with an initial consultation and examination, during which the dentist assesses the patient’s oral health and determines the suitability of implants.

    Once the patient is deemed eligible for the procedure, the placement of the titanium implant takes place. This involves surgically implanting the titanium post into the jawbone, allowing it to heal and integrate over time. The healing process is crucial as it ensures a strong and stable foundation for the artificial teeth that will be attached later.

    After the healing period, which can take a few months, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant. This is done using specialized connectors that provide excellent stability and comfort to the patient. The result is a natural-looking and functional set of teeth that can greatly enhance the patient’s smile and overall oral health.

    It’s important to note that the exact timeline and details of the implant process may vary depending on individual circumstances and the recommendations of the dental professional.

  • Can anyone get dental implants?

    In most cases, anyone who is in good overall health and meets the criteria for routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered as a potential candidate for a dental implant. It is important for patients to have healthy gums and sufficient bone structure in the jaw to ensure the successful placement and long-term stability of the implant. 

    By carefully evaluating these factors, dental professionals can determine the suitability of a dental implant procedure for each individual patient, taking into account their unique oral health needs and circumstances.