South San Francisco implant dentist Dr. Ken Hovden is asked many dental tooth implant questions. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
- Am I a good candidate for a implant dentistry?
- What is the success rate for a dental tooth implant?
- Why replace lost teeth?
- Are dental implants expensive?
- Will insurance cover a tooth implant?
- Is the dental tooth implant procedure painful?
- Will I need to miss work to receive a tooth implant?
Am I a good candidate for a implant dentistry?
If you are missing a tooth or teeth, and are in generally good health, you may benefit from a tooth implant procedure. It is necessary to have adequate jawbone mass and healthy gums to support the implant. If teeth have been missing for some time, it is possible to grow the necessary bone through a process called bone grafting and San Francisco implant dentist Dr. Ken Hovden can explain options with the grafting process. In addition, if you are considering receiving a tooth implant, it is helpful if you are free of chronic disease and are a non-smoker.
What is the success rate for a dental tooth implant?
With proper patient care, a dental tooth implant can last a lifetime. After decades of research, dental implants are among the most successful dental procedures performed. While it is impossible to guarantee that a tooth implant will be successful, studies have shown the success rate to be around 95%.
Why replace lost teeth?
Missing teeth affect the way your jaw closes, which can lead to jaw joint and bite problems. The shape of your face is altered when teeth are missing. The remaining teeth drift and tilt into the open spaces, and the jawbone begins to lose mass. Missing teeth can also impact social and professional opportunities.
Are dental implants expensive?
While dental implants involve an investment, they can last a lifetime–unlike loose dentures or fixed bridges which will need to be replaced again and again. Patients with dental implants report that the benefits are well worth the investment–and state that they would do it again. The staff of San Francisco implant dentist Dr. Hovden can provide you with a variety of payment and financing options for the tooth implant procedure.
Will insurance cover a tooth implant?
Coverage for a tooth implant differs greatly in various individual dental plans and among insurance companies. You will need to check with your insurance provider. Portions of the tooth implant procedure may be covered, such as the replacement dental crown. But it is likely that the tooth implant is not a covered benefit. Dr. Hovden’s staff can also provide you with payment and financing options to make your new smile a reality.
Is the dental tooth implant procedure painful?
There can be discomfort with any surgical procedure. Sedation and anesthesia are used to reduce discomfort during the tooth implant procedure. The majority of patients report minimal discomfort the next day. Implant dentist Dr. Hovden will prescribe pain medication and encourages his patients to stay in contact if they are uncomfortable afterwards.
Will I need to miss work to receive a tooth implant?
Simple tooth implant placement is generally a gentle and painless procedure. Most often, tooth implant patients resume normal activities the very next day. For more extensive tooth implant procedures, it is usually a good idea to also take the next day off as well.