Dental Implant FAQs: Our Experts Answer Your Top Questions!

If you’re interested in dental implants in Sorrento Valley, La Jolla, San Diego or UTC, you may have some questions about dental implants. The team at Origin Dental hears a lot of questions about dental implants, so we wanted to give you all the information you need to make an informed, calculated decision about your dental health. Here are a few important things to know about dental implants:  

1. Am I A Good Candidate For Dental Implants?

If your mouth is relatively healthy and free of issues like tooth decay and gum disease, you are likely a good candidate for an implant. You can get implants if you’re missing one tooth, multiple teeth, or even all of your teeth!

2. How Many Teeth Can Be Restored With Implants?

This depends on the procedure. Single-tooth dental implants use a dental crown to replace one missing tooth. Implant-supported bridges can be used to replace multiple teeth, and implant-supported dentures can be used to replace all of your teeth. Whether you’re missing one tooth or all of your teeth, we have options that are right for you!

3. How Much Do Implants Cost? Are They Covered By Insurance?

The cost of a dental implant varies based on the location of your missing tooth, your oral health, the number of implants you’re receiving, and a number of other factors. You should schedule a consultation with Dr. Tran to get a more precise estimate for your procedure. Dental implants are usually not covered by insurance, but there are some exceptions. Contact your insurer to find out if you can get full or partial coverage for dental implants.

4. What Is The Success Rate Of Dental Implants?

Dental implants have a 90-95% success rate over 10 years, which is extremely high. To ensure your implant remains healthy and strong, you will need to make sure you brush and floss properly, and follow the care instructions provided to your by Dr. Tran.

5. How Long Do Dental Implants Last? Are They Permanent? 

With proper care, dental implants last 30+ years. They are permanent, and usually never need to be removed. Most patients keep their dental implants for the rest of their lives! Dental implants are the only truly permanent tooth replacement option.

6. How Long Does It Take To Recover From Implant Surgery?

The initial recovery process takes only about 7-14 days. You will need to eat soft foods for a few days after your procedure, and follow the recovery instructions provided to you by Dr. Tran to ensure you heal quickly.

However, even after 7-14 days, your implants must continue to heal. Over a period of 3-6 months, they will bond with the surrounding bone tissue in a process known as “osseointegration.” This is what “locks” the implant in place, and ensures that it remains stable and strong for years to come. 

Have More Questions? Get Answers At Origin Dental!

Have more questions about the benefits of dental implants in San Diego, or want to learn more about the implant process? Come in for a consultation with Dr. Victor Tran. Dr. Tran can determine if you’re a good candidate for implants, and answer any questions you may have about this procedure. Contact us now at (858) 264-2555 to get started, or stop by our office at 9200 Scranton Road, Suite 101, San Diego, CA 92121.

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