Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
Dr. Kevin Welinsky offers dental implants at his dentist office in Towson, MD. Teeth implants are the number one solution for missing teeth. However, many people find them intimidating. There is a lot to learn about this sophisticated tooth replacement system. The following are common questions patients often ask about dental implants:
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant fixture is an artificial tooth root that is surgically placed into the jawbone to support a replacement tooth. Several implant fixtures can be used to replace multiple teeth. Implants are typically made of titanium which is a strong metal that is well accepted by the human body. They will fuse with human bone to create a strong base to support a dental crown, dental bridge, or denture.
How are dental implants different from dentures?
A dental implant-supported restoration is secured in place with implant fixtures that are implanted into the jaw bone. A denture is simply held in place by resting on the gums, by way of suction, and denture adhesive. Dental implants are more secure than dentures. They allow the patient to eat a greater variety of foods and they won’t slip around like dentures.
How much do dental implants cost?
Dental implants are the more costly option to replace teeth that are decayed, damaged, or missing. However, they are also the most superior option. Implants can last forever and have very little maintenance cost over time. However, the initial cost can be overwhelming for some patients. A single implant restoration can cost up to $5,000 while a multiple dental implants to replace a whole arch of teeth can cost up to $25,000. The best way to get an accurate quote for your implant treatment is to book a consult with Dr. Welinsky at his Towson, MD dentist office.
How many dental implants will I need?
You will need anywhere from 1 to 8 dental implants to secure a dental restoration. The type of dental restoration you need and the number of teeth you are missing will determine the number of dental implants you will get. You only need one dental implant to secure a dental crown to replace one tooth. Multiple dental implants can secure dental bridge or denture if you are missing several or all of your teeth on an arch.
Can I switch to dental implants if I wear a denture?
You can switch to dental implants from a denture if you qualify for dental implants. People who wear dentures for a long time may have too much bone loss to support dental implants. If you lack enough bone density to support dental implants, you may need a bone graft to build the bone back up. We would take X-rays to determine if you have bone to support the implants.
How long will my dental implants last?
Dental implants are meant to last forever. Once your dentist secures the implants in the jaw bone, they will fuse to the bone. This will make them very stable and durable. If you take care of them, the implants will last a lifetime. This includes a good daily oral hygiene routine, visiting your Towson, MD dentist at least twice a year, remaining in good overall health, and refraining from smoking.
Is getting dental implants painful?
Each patient will handle the implant placement differently. However, the procedure is typically not very painful. You will be sedated and will not feel pain during the actual surgery. Afterwards, you may experience some bruising, swelling, and minor discomfort. An over-the-counter pain reliever and ice packs should be all you need for a few days to help. Most patients tolerate the dental implant placement very well.
Will my dental insurance cover dental implants?
Everyone has different coverage with their dental insurance. Most insurance providers do not cover dental implants. They may, however, cover certain parts of the procedure, such as the dental restoration, such as the dental crown, dental bridge, or denture. Ultimately, you should contact your provider to see how much of the implant process they will cover.