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Dental Implants FAQ

Questions about dental implants? You’re in the right place.

You may have a few questions about our dental implants. Here at Dream-Dentistry & Sleep Care, we expect patients to ask us plenty of questions. Dental implants are a huge investment, and you need ALL the information before making a decision. Check out our list of commonly asked questions below, or call our Quakertown, PA dentist office today at 215-804-4777 to schedule your consultation.

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How can dental implants help me?

Dental implants have become the standard of care for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants are no longer just for the rich or famous. At Dream-Dentistry & Sleep Care, we can place dental implants for patients with single missing teeth or entire arches of missing teeth. The best part is that these implants will completely restore your chewing ability. With our customized dental implants, you’ll eat whatever you want and look great!

How long should dental implants last?

A dental implant will merge with the bone in your jaw over a period of a few months, a process known as osseointegration. Dental implants become part of your body and cannot get cavities or abscesses. They can last a lifetime. At Dream-Dentistry & Sleep Care, we have a lifetime warranty on every dental implant.

How can implants help hold in my partial or denture?

Dental implants can be used for single missing teeth or to stabilize any denture – partial or full. The implants can lock down your teeth and eliminate the need for goopy adhesives or uncomfortable hooks.

What are the problems with All-on-4® dental implants?

All-on-4 dental implants have become a popular way to replace entire arches of missing teeth. But this implant system requires tiny screws that can break, leaving you with only three or fewer implants. Additionally, this permanent dental implant is not removable, making it difficult to clean.

How much do dental implants cost?

You can spend anywhere from a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. The cost depends on your dental needs, dental health, and budget. Many patients are turning to more cost-effective mini dental implants to restore their missing teeth.

Is there a less expensive alternative to All-on-4 dental implants?

All on-4 dental implants can replace entire aches of missing teeth, but these two-stage dental implants can be high maintenance. The procedure is also expensive. A typical All-on-4 dental implant case starts at about $25,000. At Dream-Dentistry & Sleep Care, we can replace entire arches of teeth using our trademarked Comfort Lock Bridge System. Our implant system costs less than All-on-4 dental implants and requires less chair time and lab time, giving you savings all around!

Are dental implants covered by dental insurance?

To find out if insurance pays for dental implants, you’ll have to check with your individual insurance provider. There are three parts to the implant (implant, abutment, and restoration), and some insurance providers cover all three parts, while others may cover just one – or none. Our office is happy to work with your insurance provider to see what is covered.

Should I get dental implants in Mexico?

You can be a “dental tourist” in Mexico to save money, but cheap doesn’t always mean better. Additionally, many dentists in the United States may be hesitant to rebuild or do maintenance on dental materials not approved by the FDA.

Should I replace a fractured tooth with a dental implant?

A fractured tooth, especially one with a vertical crack, is at risk of failing even if it can be temporarily saved by a root canal. A root canal and dental crown can cost a few thousand dollars, and there is no guarantee that the tooth will survive. We can replace that same tooth with a dental implant that can last a lifetime, and you’ll never have to worry about that tooth again.

Will a dental implant last longer than a denture?

Dentures are a popular way to replace missing teeth. They’re cheaper, but dentures can break or warp over time, cause discomfort, and contribute to bone recession, which can be extremely expensive to fix. You also might have to replace your removable dentures many times in the course of your life. Dental implants, on the other hand, can last a lifetime and keep the bone from receding.

What dental implant materials should I avoid?

Dental implants are made from titanium, a material that is biocompatible, safe, and durable. Once you have your implant, there are different restoration options to consider. We prefer using zirconium to restore implants. It’s a material that is so hard it can be struck by a hammer and not break.

Are dental implants better than dentures for eating?

Chewing difficulties are the number one complaint from denture wearers. Conventional removable dentures can slide around in your mouth while you’re trying to eat. Your bone changes shape when teeth are lost, which makes it difficult to find a good denture fit. Dental implants, however, are secured in the bone, allowing you to eat whatever you want.

Why don’t my dentures fit anymore?

Most people who lose their teeth turn to dentures to replace those teeth. But when you lose your teeth, your jawbone will begin to recede. This recession makes it difficult to find a good fit for the denture. An ill-fitting denture can make it difficult to eat and can cause sores in the mouth. Dental implants can stop the bone loss and give you replacement teeth that are more comfortable.

How quickly can dental implants replace teeth?

It all depends on your dental situation and budget, but in some cases, we can extract a failing tooth and place the dental implant and restoration in a single day. Other cases may take a few months or even longer. The bottom line is that we build a smile just for you that will last.

What’s the difference between two-stage dental implants and mini dental implants?

All dental implants join with the bone over time. The biggest difference between traditional dental implants and mini dental implants is the size. Mini dental implants are smaller than traditional implants, making them ideal for patients who do not have the bone height or width for traditional dental implants.  

Am I candidate for dental implants?

Almost everyone is a candidate for dental implants. Even patients who have jawbone recession can have dental implants to secure their teeth. The best way to see if you’re a candidate for dental implants is to visit our office for a consultation.

How much pain is involved with getting a dental implant?

Placing a dental implant is not more uncomfortable than having a filling, and there are a number of ways we can keep you comfortable. We offer sting-free local anesthesia and even sedation dentistry. We’ll also follow up with you after your visit to ensure you’re healing well and without pain.

What can I eat after having dental implants?

You may have some food restrictions immediately following your dental implant procedure, but over time, you’ll be able to eat whatever you want. It’s like having your natural teeth again. Pizza, steak, apples, corn on the cob … it’s all back on the menu.

What should I ask a dental implant dentist to help me choose my dentist?

First, you need to make sure the dentist can meet your needs and dental goals, particularly in terms of aesthetics, comfort, time, and budget. You might want to add a few of these questions to help you decide: Do you have sedation? What is the recovery time? Can you make dental implants affordable for me? Our dental team can answer all of these questions and more.

Will my tooth with a filling eventually need a root canal or implant?

A filling is great way to stop decay in its tracks and restore the tooth. But a tooth can only be restored so many times before it fails or needs to be replaced. There is no set time frame or percentage we can provide, but our office is here to help if or when your tooth has outlived its usefulness.