Beginning complicated oral health care plans can be stressful for patients but taking the time to ask all of your questions to ensure you feel 100% confident, can help remove the anxiety from even the most advanced treatment plans. At the Ardmore dental office of Dr. Jamie Guthrie, we always want our patients to feel completely comfortable before we begin any dental care plan, especially when the treatment requires a large time and financial commitment. Please don’t ever hesitate to call our team or ask us for more information during your appointments. On this page, we’ll provide the answers to some of those dental implant questions we hear most often, but you should feel free to reach out to us at any time to find out more as this is by no means a comprehensive list. We’re always happy to help.
Dental implants are small posts used to replace missing tooth roots. Once the implants are surgically placed below the gums, they fuse with the supportive bone and gum tissue creating a stable foundation for any number of replacement teeth.
Dental implants can be crafted from a variety of materials, including metals and ceramics. The two most popular options are titanium and zirconia. Titanium has long been used as part of bone repair treatment, and zirconia offers an effective option for patients who have metal allergies or sensitivities.
Dental implants are surgically positioned into the gum line. The procedure is relatively noninvasive. We make a small incision in the gums. Then, the implant post is positioned into the jaw, creating a strong bond to support replacement teeth.
The number of dental implants needed depends on your unique situation, but we will typically recommend:
Dental implant supported replacement teeth can last two or more decades without needing to be repaired or replaced. Many patients keep their restoration for the rest of their lives.
The cost of your dental implant tooth replacement plan will vary based on the number of missing teeth, location of implant placement, type of implant post material, and size of the dental implant. While offering an estimated cost without knowing your specific situation will not be very helpful, we would be happy to walk you through all of the costs of dental implant supported tooth replacement to help you budget for your restoration plan.
In most cases, dental insurance will not cover the costs of your implants and their surgical placement. However, many benefit policies do provide coverage for other parts of the implant supported tooth replacement process, including preparatory tooth extractions, replacement teeth, and dental sedation. We will help you maximize this coverage to offset the costs of your dental implant tooth replacement plan.