Dental Implant FAQ
How Much Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are custom at our Columbia, SC, dental office. Your teeth, gums, smile, and health are different from your neighbors, so your dental implant process will also be different. You may require different procedures before we can implant your new teeth, so we can’t give you an accurate estimate without seeing you first.
You might be wondering, does dental insurance cover dental implants? The good news is some dental insurances cover dental implants. Be sure to check with your insurance provider first.
We also offer financing options through credit cards and extended payment options like the GreenSky, Lending Club, and Credit Care.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants can last your lifetime! There have been numerous studies to ascertain the life of a dental implant. If implanted properly, they’ve been shown to last over 30 years!
We use titanium for the implant. Titanium is used in many medical procedures because it is biocompatible and doesn’t degrade in the body. We have no reason to suspect that the titanium will fail. So as long as you take care of your gums with good oral hygiene and avoid tobacco, you’ll likely never have to replace your implant. The crown (the visible part) will need to be replaced every 10-15 years.
What is the Dental Implant Process?
You’ll visit our Columbia, SC, dental office for a consultation and examination of your mouth, teeth, gums, and health. At this initial appointment, we’ll determine if you need any procedures before you can get dental implants, such as gum disease treatment or a bone graft.
If necessary, you’ll undergo those procedures in consecutive appointments. When it’s time for dental implants, you’ll need someone to drive you to and from our office as it is a surgical procedure. We’ll place your implant as well as a temporary crown. Next, you’ll have 3 – 6 months of healing. Be sure to eat soft foods, avoid tobacco and dairy, and use any prescription we prescribe. After your surgery site completely recovers, we’ll place your final crown. Now you can enjoy all your favorite foods and a beautiful smile.
Why No Dairy After Dental Implants?
Dairy causes an inflammatory response in your body and your mouth. This impedes the healing process, and you might have to wait longer before receiving your final crown. Dairy also induces nausea and vomiting. The pressure from vomiting could cause your implant site to reopen and heal more slowly.
Do Dental Implants Hurt?
At Smile Columbia in Columbia, SC, we can take every precautionary measure to ensure you are comfortable before, during, and after your dental implant procedure. You’ll be sedated during the procedure, and we offer oral sedation before arriving at our office if you have dental anxiety.
Our office is welcoming and relaxing, and our dental team is here to make you feel comfortable during your visit.