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Thank you for choosing Greenhills Dental Care to be your primary dental provider. We are committed to complete patient satisfaction and providing you with a smile that you can be proud of for many years. If you are wondering whether dental implants are the right choice for you, these questions and answers can help you better decide. The health of your future smile is important, and Dr. Bien invites you to come into our office for a complete consultation. If you would like to learn more about dental implants or if you do not see that your question is answered below, do not hesitate to call our Fremont office.
Dental implants: Are they a good choice for you?
If you are contemplating dental implants, you may be wondering if they are truly a good choice for you. To determine if they are, take a moment to review these three questions.
1) Do you want to have a smile that looks natural?
Dental implants can provide you with a smile that looks as natural as possible. They not only feel natural, but they fit and function just like your natural teeth too. Other tooth replacement options that are available can limit and interfere with your ability to smile, speak, and eat properly.
2) Do you want a smile that is hassle free?
Dental implants are a great options, especially if you want a tooth replacement that is hassle free. Implants allow you to bite naturally, eat the foods you love the most, and brush your teeth normally as well. Dentures will often feel uncomfortable within your mouth and they can also restrict the types of foods that you eat too. You will also need to remove dentures to brush and clean them properly.
3) Do you want a smile that you can be happy to show off?
Dental implants are placed into your mouth by a dental implant specialist. The implants do not move around in your mouth when you talk or eat, which gives you the confidence needed to talk. Options like dentures can often cause you some embarrassment, especially since they are not always stable and may slip around while they are in your mouth.
If you have answered yes to one or more of the questions, then dental implants may be the best choice for you. They are a wonderful tooth replacement option and patients who visit Greenhills Dental Care can learn more about their tooth replacement options.
Do dental implants hurt?
When you have dental implants placed, you may experience some discomfort and bruising once the procedure is completed, but this is normal, and many patients report that they do not experience any discomfort at all.
Most patients who do receive dental implants are able to return to their normal daily and social activities right away.
What are some of the risks of dental implants?
Dental implants have been determined to be an effective and safe procedure and they are one of the most predictable procedures in the dental industry as well. As with any type of procedure, there are some risks that may arise, but they are considered rare and should not be expected.
Some of the risks that come along with dental implants often occur most in those who smoke. The risks include infection, damage to teeth or the roots of teeth, sinus problems, fractures, nerve damage, implant failure, numbness, tingling, or the inability to complete the procedure due to too much bone loss.
While my crown is made, can I have temporary teeth?
It is possible for you to receive temporary teeth while your dental implant crowns are being made. If you would like to learn more about this option, please talk to Dr. Bien at your consultation.
How much will dental implants be?
This is a question that requires a unique answer because there is no one price for everyone. Since dental implant treatments are not the exact same for each patient, the cost will vary slightly or significantly between patients. Unlike some of the other tooth replacement options out there, dental implants are unique to you and your mouth. These implants will provide you with a customized fit that you cannot get from other options that are out there.
When looking at the cost of dental implants, it is relative to other tooth replacement options. Since dental implants come customized, they are considered to last a lifetime and they are worth the investment that patients make into them. When it comes time for you to seek out dental implant options, you want to make sure you work with an implant specialist such as Dr. Bien.
It is possible that many other tooth replacement options (not dental implants) will have a lower upfront cost. This may make them lucrative to you, but it is important to keep in mind that these same options have long-term costs as well. You will find that they become more expensive over the lifetime of them.
To give you an idea about price, the average cost of a single dental implant is somewhere between $3,000 to $4,500. While this number sounds quite high, you must remember that it is customized, and you can receive a discount or lower cost from your dentist. It is important for you to work closely with Greenhills Dental Care to get the best possible price for your new teeth.
One thing that Dr. Bien wants to point out is that you may see commercials advertising low-cost or cheap dental implants. If the price sounds too good to be true, it is. You need an expert in dental implants to provide you with the procedure and implants themselves or they may fail. Before you have any procedure completed by a dentist, you want to ask questions and get to know them. A qualified and experienced dentist will welcome the questions.
Dr. Bien from Greenhills Dental Care wants to point out that you should only work with a qualified dentist to place your implants. If you do not, you will experience implant failure and the procedure will need to be completed again or you may suffer injury to your mouth. Once you have had an initial consultation performed in our Fremont office, Dr. Bien will provide you with an exact treatment plan, how many visits are needed to complete treatment, and the cost breakdown of the procedure.
If you receive a quote for dental implants BEFORE you have a consultation performed, be wary of this. There is no way that anyone can provide you with a cost before they have determined what type of oral care you need. If you would like to learn more about dental implants or if you would like to schedule a dental implant consultation in our Fremont office, call Greenhills Dental Care today.
Will insurance cover the cost of my dental implants?
Yes and no. Many insurance companies have started to offer coverage for the procedure, but some do not. If your insurance company does not, then you may want to ask them if they can provide you with an allowance that is equal to the cost of a dental bridge or even dentures. Sometimes, they will do this. You can also inquire with our financial office and learn more about the different discounts and payment plans we offer. We will work closely with you to determine if your insurance company will cover any or all the cost.
Who should perform my dental implant procedure?
It is important that you only work with a dentist who is licensed, trained, and experienced in dental implants. Dr. Bien holds all the credentials needed and she has many years of experience. Call Greenhills Dental Care today to schedule an appointment with us.
How long does it take for you to restore one or more of my teeth using dental implants?
Everyone is different. Once your initial consultation has been performed, Dr. Bien will provide you with a treatment plan that includes the estimated time for completion and the cost of the treatment. The amount of time your treatment takes will depend on whether you need to have additional restorations completed at the same time.
To ensure that your smile is as beautiful as possible, you will need to have multiple appointments with Dr. Bien. From start to finish, you can expect treatment to take anywhere from a couple of months to as much as a year. Patients who do have dental implants placed are able to return to their normal work and social functions the next day.