If you are considering or have been advised to have a dental implant, you’re not alone. Dental implants have become increasingly popular with Americans over the past decade. The procedure is both safe and effective, and at Strull Oral Surgery, dental implants are affordable. In fact, patients who have had a dental implant from an experienced oral surgeon say that the final result is like having your natural teeth again.
Many of our patients are curious and have a lot of questions about cost, care, and the benefits of implant dentistry. We have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants and answered your questions below.
YOU CAN AFFORD DENTAL IMPLANTS
HOW MUCH DO DENTAL IMPLANTS COST? ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS AFFORDABLE?
At Strull Oral Surgery, we pride ourselves on our affordable dental implants. Competitors pricing begins at $5,000, while our charges begin at $1,800. This is also very competitive with people having a bridge, which is normally around $3,000.
Of course, each patient is different. If, for instance, you have extensive bone loss, your implant will cost more than if your jawbone is healthy. Be assured – there are no hidden costs at Strull Oral Surgery, and everything will be discussed with you before we proceed with your reasonably priced dental implants.
We encourage patients to think of dental implants as a long-term investment in their health, appearance, and well-being. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime, while dentures and partials will need to be replaced every 5 to 7 years, and bridges need to be replaced every 10 years. So not only are dental implants more cost-effective in the long-term, they also allow you to spend less time in the dentist’s office.
We offer many plans to cover the cost of dental implants, including CareCredit. We are happy to discuss all financing options with you and help you find the plan that best fits your budget.
DOES INSURANCE COVER THE COST OF DENTAL IMPLANTS?
We wish we had a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ in answer to this question, but the reality is that all insurance policies are different. We check your policy and if your implant is covered we submit the form for you.
WHAT ARE MINI IMPLANTS?
Mini Dental Implants work in the same way as traditional dental implants, but there are a few important distinctions that make mini implants a great choice for many patients.
The main difference between a mini dental implant and a traditional dental implant is the size of the implant. Mini implants are about half the size of conventional implants. Because mini implants are so much smaller, they can work for patients who aren’t candidates for a traditional dental implant.
For patients unable to undergo more invasive surgery or multiple procedures, mini implants may be a great option to help with an ill-fitting dentures.
The surgeons at Strull Oral Surgery will look at your complete health and dental history and recommend the best implant type for your needs.
GENERAL DENTAL IMPLANT FAQS
Put very simply, a dental implant replaces missing teeth. There are 3 parts: the dental implant itself, the abutment, and the crown or artificial tooth.
Implants are embedded safely in the jaw, will never develop cavities or affect adjacent healthy teeth and, if properly cared for, can last a lifetime. The procedure should be done by an experienced professional oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) and is done in three steps:
- Your surgeon puts in a titanium implant, fusing it with the jawbone and serving as a substitute for the root of the tooth.
- An abutment is fitted over the implant that protrudes above the gum line.
- A natural looking crown is placed over the abutment.
That’s your basic dental implant. Unlike dentures, dental implants are not removable, and they become a permanent part of your mouth as they fuse to your jaw bone.
- Dental Implants are a long-term solution. If properly cared for, they can last a lifetime!
- Implants will never develop cavities or affect adjacent healthy teeth
- You can afford dental implants at Strull Oral Surgery. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW MUCH YOU CAN SAVE.
- Want a natural and attractive smile? Dental implants are the most natural looking and natural feeling replacement for missing teeth.
- Increased self-confidence
- Prevention of further bone loss so your facial structure is retained.
- Since dental implants become a permanent part of your jawbone, you don’t have to worry about them slipping when talking, eating, laughing, etc.
- Your ability to chew food will improve
- Caring for dental implants is easy (anchor link to care section below)
Even if your missing tooth isn’t visible when you smile, talk, or eat, it will eventually affect your appearance. Your jawbone will weaken and shrink from lack of stimulation, causing premature aging.
Our cost-effective dental implants are very safe. Dental implants have been in use for over 50 years. At Strull Oral Surgery we will go over your medical history as well as give you an in-depth examination before proceeding with surgery. We will discuss all benefits and any risks that are unique to you
Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. Factors such as oral health and hygiene, overall health, and lifestyle factors can shorten how long an implant is effective.
You can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all of your teeth with implants.
Nearly any adult in good health who is missing one or more teeth is a good candidate for dental implants. There are some exceptions, and until we examine you, we won’t know if you are an viable candidate. There are a few conditions, such as uncontrolled diabetes or heavy smoking, that lessen the likelihood of a successful dental implant. All in all, very few conditions prevent someone from having dental implant treatment.
In most cases, we wait until facial development and growth have been completed. This is usually around 16 for girls and 18 for boys. If your child has lost a permanent tooth, please contact us immediately to discuss the best options.
Most people don’t experience pain during the surgery. After surgery, over-the-counter pain relievers and ice are helpful for any minor discomforts. If you have sensitive or fair skin, there may be minor bruising that goes away in a day or two.
Most people return to work the day after they receive dental implants.
Usually, it takes 30 – 60 minutes for the actual surgery. However, the overall treatment time from start to finish may be longer depending on the health of your gums, and jawbone, and your medical history.
No one wants to smile and have a big gap showing where a tooth should be! We can easily fit you with a temporary tooth that will be in place until you are ready for a permanent implant.
CARING FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS
HOW DO I CARE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Great news! Caring for your dental implants is the same as taking care of the teeth you were born with. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings will keep your dental implants in top condition. Although the implant will never decay, it is possible for surrounding gum tissues to become inflamed or infected if you do not maintain good oral hygiene.
QUESTIONS SPECIFIC TO STRULL ORAL SURGERY
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PERFORMING DENTAL IMPLANT SURGERY?
Dr. Jim Strull has been doing dental implant surgery for more than 30 years and was one of the first people in the area to place implants.
Dr. Greg Strull has been doing dental implant surgery for more than 20 years.
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Still have questions? Contact us! We are always happy to hear from you and to sit down with you and explain your treatment options in detail.