Dental Implants FAQs

At Oakheights Family Dental and Orthodontics in Dallas, TX, we know that dental implants are a significant decision. To help you better understand the process, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions about dental implants. If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium that are surgically placed into the jawbone. They provide a stable foundation for attaching a dental crown, bridge, or denture, offering a permanent solution for missing teeth.

Who is a good candidate for dental implants?

Ideal candidates for dental implants have healthy gums, sufficient jawbone density, and good overall health. If you have existing health conditions, such as uncontrolled diabetes or autoimmune disorders, they may affect implant success. Our Dallas team at Oakheights Family Dental and Orthodontics will evaluate your oral health and medical history to determine if dental implants are right for you.

What is the process for getting dental implants?

The dental implant process typically involves several stages:

  1. Consultation and Planning: We conduct a thorough assessment, including digital imaging and X-rays, to create a personalized treatment plan.
  2. Implant Placement: The titanium implant is surgically placed into the jawbone, where it will integrate over time.
  3. Healing Period: The implant needs time to fuse with the jawbone, which may take several weeks to a few months.
  4. Restoration: Once the implant has integrated, we attach a custom-made crown, bridge, or denture to complete your smile.

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants can last for many years, often a lifetime, with proper care. Good oral hygiene, regular dental check-ups, and a healthy lifestyle can contribute to the longevity of your implants.

Will the implant placement hurt?

Implant placement is performed under local anesthesia, so you won’t feel pain during the procedure. Some discomfort or swelling may occur afterward, but it’s typically manageable with over-the-counter pain medication. Our Dallas team at Oakheights Family Dental and Orthodontics will ensure your comfort throughout the process.

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of dental implants varies based on factors like the number of implants, the complexity of the procedure, and any additional treatments needed, such as bone grafting. During your consultation, we’ll provide a detailed estimate of the costs and discuss available payment options.

Are dental implants covered by insurance?

Some dental insurance plans may cover part of the cost of dental implants, but it depends on your specific policy. Our Dallas team at Oakheights Family Dental and Orthodontics will help you understand your insurance coverage and assist with claims processing.

How do I care for dental implants?

Caring for dental implants is similar to caring for natural teeth. Brush twice daily, floss regularly, and schedule routine dental check-ups. Avoiding smoking and limiting alcohol consumption can also help maintain the health of your implants.

What's the success rate of dental implants?

Dental implants have a high success rate, typically around 98% or higher. Factors that can affect success include overall health, oral hygiene, and lifestyle habits. Our Dallas team at Oakheights Family Dental and Orthodontics will guide you through best practices to ensure your implants remain in good condition.