Implant Dentistry FAQs
How long will my dental implants last?
If properly cared for, your teeth implants should last the rest of your life.
Do teeth implants require special care?
Your dental implants should be cared for just as you would maintain your natural teeth with regular brushing and flossing.
Is the teeth implant procedure painful?
Implant dentistry is usually not painful. Post operative soreness can normally be effectively treated with over-the-counter pain medication like Tylenol or Advil for several days after the procedure. Ask your implant dentist for pain medication recommendations.
How long will the implant dentistry process take to complete?
The first phase of your teeth implant process where your implant dentist places titanium implants into the jaw bone can take place in one visit to our Florissant or Chesterfield MO office. After this first step, the gums must heal and your jaw bone must bond to the titanium screws before the next step can be completed. This usually takes from 3 to 6 months. During this healing period, your implant dentist will fit you with temporary teeth so that you’ll be able to eat and function normally. The next phase, if needed, is for the top of the implants to be uncovered and a small metal extension is added to the implants. Another healing period, although much shorter, is required of about 2-6 weeks before the final stage which is when your implant dentist will create your new teeth and attach them to your implants. The total treatment time is usually between 5-8 months.
How much do dental implants cost? And will my insurance cover them?
Implant dentistry can involve a significant investment with surgical fees beginning around $1,800 for a single tooth replacement to more than $5,000 for multiple teeth replacement. However, the cost of non-treatment could be considerably more expensive. The continual bone loss caused by wearing dentures and partials can lead to jaw fractures, nerve exposure, and other serious health problems which require expensive, long term treatments.
Some insurance carriers pay for them, some pay for a portion and others not at all. Check with your carrier to see if they cover implant dentistry.
What can I expect after my implant dentistry procedure?
Brushing and flossing still apply! You’ll need to maintain your dental implants just as you would care for your natural teeth with conscientious oral care at home and regular dental visits. After your treatment, your implant dentist will want to see you periodically to make sure your implant, teeth and gums stay healthy.
For more information, give us a call at either our Florissant or Chesterfield MO office today! If you’d like to know more about services offered by Dr. Buchheit and his team, please visit our main dentist website.