Dental Implant FAQs Straight From an Expert
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
Most people are good candidates for dental implants and age is usually not a factor. Although, we do not recommend children get implants since they are not done growing. Dr. Justin Deckard of DC Precision Dentistry located in Washington D.C. will evaluate the condition of your oral health to look for the key elements of the necessary foundation for placing implants. These include healthy gum tissue and enough stable bone structure in the jaw to support the posts.
What if I do not have enough stable bone structure to get implants?
Dr. Deckard will assess your jaw bone density and quality. If necessary, he can perform bone grafting to create a stable foundation for dental implant(s). This will require healing time and will lengthen the overall time it takes to complete the dental implant(s) process. Bone grafting is a great option for patients who otherwise may have to consider alternative tooth replacement options.
What is the process like to get dental implants?
The process is different for every implant patient since no two cases are the same. Many patients will require pre-treatments before the implants can be surgically placed. Once placed, you will need to let the implant heal and integrate with the surrounding bone, a process known as osseointegration. Once healed, a small piece called an abutment is attached to the implant. Last, the dental restoration is secured to the implant(s). Generally speaking, the process could take six to nine months to complete and may be considerably longer if pre-treatment is necessary.
What type of dental implant secured restoration will I need?
This will depend on several factors including how many teeth are missing and their location. If you are only missing a single tooth, it will be replaced with an implant-supported dental crown. If you are missing several consecutive teeth, they will be replaced with an implant-supported dental bridge. If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, they will be replaced with an implant-supported denture.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are made to last a lifetime but rely on the patient practicing good oral hygiene and visiting the dentist office for routine dental care. This provides the opportunity for our team to monitor the health and stability of the implant or implant-supported appliance.
Why choose DC Precision Dentistry for dental implants?
Dr. Deckard is a highly intelligent restorative dentist that stays up-to-date with the latest advancements in implant dentistry. He performs all phases of the implant process at his Washington D.C. dentist office. This will save the patient time and the stress involved with traveling to multiple specialty practices. He also utilizes the Sirona CBCT technology for less invasive and more precise placement of dental implants.
Does insurance cover dental implants?
DC Precision Dentistry accepts several types of dental insurance. Some parts of the dental implant treatment may qualify for coverage but this will depend on the type of plan you have. As a courtesy to our patients, we will file your insurance claim and then present you with the estimated cost of your procedures. We accept cash, checks, all major credit cards, and HSA/FSA dollars for your convenience as well as financing through CareCredit.
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