Answering Your Questions about Dental Implants
Choosing to undergo treatment with dental implants is a serious consideration. Dr. Neil Starr understands the importance of making an informed decision and has compiled a list of dental implant FAQs. World-renowned for his work in prosthodontics, Dr. Starr can provide streamlined care to fully restore your smile. If you have more questions after reading through this list, he is happy to meet with you at our Washington, D.C., office to discuss the treatment further.
Dental implants are a powerful restorative tool but patients should be informed of their treatment options.
What exactly are dental implants?
A dental implant is a small titanium post which is embedded into the jaw to act as an artificial tooth root. Once the implant has fully fused with the surrounding tissue, Dr. Starr can attach a crown, bridge, or denture to the post to replace one or more missing teeth.
How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of treatment with dental implants varies widely depending on a range of factors, including how many teeth you need to replace and your current oral health. Dr. Starr can provide you with a customized cost estimate after examining your smile.
Will my insurance cover the cost of dental implants?
In general, dental insurance does not cover the full cost of dental implants. However, it will likely cover certain aspects of treatment, including the price of the restoration. Our team can work with your insurance company to maximize your coverage.
Am I a candidate for implants?
Almost anyone in good health who is missing teeth can qualify for treatment with dental implants. The best way to find out if you are a good candidate for implants is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Starr. He can assess your oral health and determine if an implant-supported restoration is right for you.
Can any dentist place dental implants?
Properly placing dental implants requires advanced training and education. To ensure your treatment is successful, Dr. Starr coordinates implant treatment with a top-tier oral surgeon.
When placed by a skilled surgeon, implants are very safe and offer a superior tooth replacement option.
How long will it take to replace my teeth with implants?
Treatment timelines vary for each patient. The length of your implant treatment will depend on your needs, medical history, and current oral health. In general, replacing teeth with an implant-supported restoration takes at least three to six months, but could take longer than a year.
Are implants safe?
Dental implants have been used for over 50 years and have a success rate of about 95 percent. When placed by a skilled surgeon, implants are very safe and offer a superior tooth replacement option.
Does the treatment hurt?
Implant placement is performed with anesthesia to ensure your comfort during the procedure. In addition, most surgeons offer sedation to help you stay calm and relaxed. Patients may experience some discomfort after their procedure which they can control with pain relievers. Dr. Starr can discuss the recovery process with you before your treatment to help you prepare.
Will my implants require special care?
Caring for your implant-supported restoration is similar to caring for your natural teeth. You will need to brush your restoration and attend regular cleanings and checkups at our office. Dr. Starr can recommend specific tools and techniques to make oral hygiene simple and effective.