At the Charlotte Dental Implant Center we strongly believe in patient education, so that you can make the best choices for your oral health. In that vein, we’ve provided this comprehensive, one-stop resource on dental implants, where we answer common questions asked by our Charlotte, NC, patients. If you have a question or concern about implant dentistry that we do not address here, please contact our practice to speak to a member of our friendly, welcoming staff. We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have!
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a three-piece artificial tooth made from a biocompatible titanium-alloy. After being embedded along the jaw, dental implants fuse with the bone through an organic bone regeneration process known as osseointegration. During osseointegration, new bone tissue anchors the dental implant into place, ensuring its stability, permanence, and longevity. They will never move, shift, or loosen in your mouth, and you’ll enjoy them for perhaps as much as an entire lifetime.
Replacing the entirety of the missing tooth, from root to crown, implants are able to provide a list of benefits that other dental restorations, such as removable dentures and dental bridges, can’t match. These include protection from bone loss in the jaw, a lower risk of dental infection, improved confidence, restored functionality to your oral anatomy, and a dazzling, natural-looking smile.
How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of dental implant surgery depends on a number of factors, which include:
- The volume and density of the jawbone — dental implants need sufficient bone to successfully integrate with the jaw, otherwise the likelihood of implant failure rises. If there is insufficient bone, bone graft surgery may be necessary.
- The number of teeth that need to be replaced — a single implant fixture can hold multiple dental crowns, but depending on the number of crowns needed and the number of implants needed the cost of the treatment can vary widely.
- The type of dental implant needed — dental implants come in different lengths, each designed for different conditions unique to each patient.
Will my insurance pay for the treatment?
What insurance covers differs from provider to provider. Generally speaking, insurance does not cover the cost of the dental implant treatment. However, over the years more and more insurance companies have begun covering dental restorations, and if the policy doesn’t pay for the implants themselves it may cover the cost of the crowns. If you are unsure of what your policy offers, we are more than happy to help you with your claim at our Charlotte, NC, family and implant dentistry practice.
Can I finance my dental implants?
We provide a number of payment plan options through CareCredit®, a popular and trusted revolving line of credit designed to help patients pay for the health care they need. Some of these payment options offered through CareCredit are interest-free and we definitely encourage our patients to explore these options.
How long does the implant treatment take?
Starting with a comprehensive consultation at our practice, the dental implant process requires between three to six months for completion. Most of this time is taken up by a healing period, after the implant fixture is installed. As the affected area of the mouth heals, your jaw will start producing new bone tissue, growing to the surface of the implant and through the many tiny holes that cover it, permanently fastening the implant in place. Known as osseointegration, this part of the process is actually one of the most important, as proper integration between the jaw and the implant is vital for the success of the treatment.
Does the procedure hurt?
During the procedure, you should feel only minimal discomfort — generally speaking, less than with dental extractions. If needed, you can discuss the option of a local or general anesthetic during your consultation with dental implant dentist Dr. Sunar.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
A good candidate for the treatment should be in good oral health. Patients who suffer from gum disease, gum recession, or bone loss may need to first go through a supplemental procedure such as a sinus lift bone graft before being eligible for dental implants. Patients who smoke or suffer from alcoholism may also face some restrictions, although modern implant technology has widened the pool applicable candidates for the procedure. During your consultation with Dr. Sunar, it’s important you are honest about your medical history so that we can minimize any chances for implant failure. Our implant dentistry patients come to us from Huntersville, Ashville, Charlotte, Gatonia and Greenville, North Carolina.