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Dental Implant FAQs

South San Francisco implant dentist Dr. Ken Hovden, DDS, is asked many dental tooth implant questions. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

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Am I a Good Candidate for 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 increase the necessary bone through a process called bone grafting. 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?

There are a number of excellent reasons to 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.
  • The jawbone begins to lose mass.
  • Missing teeth can also impact social and professional opportunities.

Dr. Hovden, DDS, can help with any and all of these problems when you come to our office for implant dentistry.

Are Dental Implants Expensive?

Dental implants aren’t something you will want to get on a whim, but they are an investment in your future. They can last a lifetime—unlike loose dentures or fixed bridges, which usually need to be replaced many times. Patients with dental implants report that the benefits are well worth the investment, and state that they would do it again.

Our staff 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 depends on individual dental plans and insurance companies. You will need to check with your insurance provider to find out what your options are.

For many people, portions of the tooth implant procedure may be covered, such as the replacement dental crown. Unfortunately, it is likely that the tooth implant as a whole is not a covered benefit.

Our staff can 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 that discomfort during the tooth implant procedure, and the majority of patients report minimal discomfort the next day.

We will prescribe pain medication and encourage our patients to stay in contact if they are uncomfortable afterward.

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.

Call Our Office Today to Learn More About Dental Implants for You!

If you didn’t find the answer to your dental implants question on this page, please contact our office today. We’ll be happy to help answer any lingering questions or concerns you may have about dental implants.

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