Many people are unclear about dental implants and the process involved. Here are some commonly asked questions and their answers to help you gain a better understanding of this dental procedure:

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of biocompatible materials like titanium and zirconia. The structure includes a fixture and a connecting piece called an abutment. The implant is surgically placed in the jawbone to support replacement teeth such as crowns, bridges or dentures. 

What are dental implants made of?

Dental implants are made of 3 main components. The first piece is called a fixture, which is a kind of screw that goes into the jawbone. The second piece is called an abutment, which is a connector attached to the implant fixture. The third part is what looks like a tooth and is called a crown. The fixture and abutment are made of titanium or zirconia. The crown is made of porcelain or zirconia materials.

Implant Fixture: This is the foundation of the dental implant, which is surgically placed into the jawbone. It is usually made of titanium or a titanium alloy due to its biocompatibility and ability to fuse with the bone, a process called osseointegration. The fixture looks like a screw and serves as an artificial tooth root.

Abutment: The abutment is a connector that is attached to the implant fixture, usually after the implant has integrated with the bone. It protrudes above the gumline and provides support for the crown (the visible part of the tooth). Abutments can be made from a variety of materials, including titanium, zirconia, or other metals.

Crown: The crown is the part of the dental implant that is visible in the mouth and functions like a natural tooth. It is typically made from materials like porcelain to mimic the appearance and strength of a natural tooth. The crown is custom-made to match the color, shape, and size of your existing teeth.

How long do dental implants last?

With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime. Regular check-ups and good oral hygiene practices are essential for their longevity. Dr Karen will be more than happy to explain the best methods to prolong their lifespan.

Is the implant procedure painful?

Most patients report minimal discomfort during the implant surgery. Local anesthesia is typically used to numb the area, ensuring you feel little to no pain. After the procedure, some discomfort and swelling may occur, but it is usually manageable with prescribed pain medication.

How long does the entire implant process take?

The timeline varies from patient to patient, but it typically involves several stages spread over several months. This includes the initial consultation, implant placement surgery, healing period, and attachment of the replacement teeth. The total duration can range from a few months to over a year.

Are dental implants suitable for everyone?

Dental implants are an excellent choice for most people, but not everyone may be an ideal candidate. Factors such as bone density, overall health, and lifestyle habits can affect eligibility. A thorough evaluation by a dental professional is necessary to determine if dental implants are right for you.

How do I care for my dental implants?

Caring for dental implants is similar to caring for natural teeth. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups are crucial. Avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can also contribute to their long-term success.

Are dental implants covered by insurance?

Insurance coverage for dental implants varies depending on your plan and the reason for the procedure. Some plans may cover a portion of the cost, while others may not provide coverage. It's important to check with your insurance provider for specific details.

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of dental implants varies depending on several factors, including the number of implants needed, the type of restoration, and any additional procedures required. During your initial consultation, Dr. Baghdasaryan will provide a personalized treatment plan and cost estimate.

Can dental implants replace multiple missing teeth?

Yes, dental implants can replace single, multiple, or even all missing teeth. Depending on your specific needs, your dentist will recommend the appropriate treatment plan, which may include implant-supported bridges or crowns.

Why should I consider dental implants?

Dental implants offer a permanent and natural-looking solution for missing teeth. They provide stability, comfort, and improved oral health, allowing you to eat, speak and smile with confidence.

What’s the difference between titanium dental implants and zirconia dental implants?

Titanium implants are made of titanium or titanium alloys, while zirconia implants are made of zirconia, a ceramic material. Both are biocompatible and long lasting, although titanium has a longer history of use in implant dentistry.

How much do dental implants cost?

A single tooth dental implant costs $1,500 for the fixture and $1,850 for the abutment and crown. We use titanium, zirconia and porcelain materials. These are the out-of-pocket costs and we accept all PPO insurances which often cover a portion of the dental implant cost.

Do you offer financing or payment plans for dental implants?

Yes, we offer Care Credit, Accept Care, HSA, FSA and in-office payment plans. Call us today and we’ll be happy to discuss your options in more detail.

If you have more questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please don't hesitate to contact us. Dr Baghdasaryan and our experienced dental team are here to help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile with state-of-the-art equipment, techniques and materials for dental implants.