Dental Implant FAQ

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots, typically made from titanium, that provide a permanent base for fixed, replacement teeth. They are an effective solution for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to injury, periodontal disease or other reasons.

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone, where they fuse with the bone over a few months in a process called osseointegration. Once the implant has bonded with the jawbone, a small connector post – called an abutment – is attached to hold the new tooth. The new tooth, or crown, is then attached to the abutment.

Who is a good candidate for dental implants?

Good candidates for dental implants are those with healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. They must also commit to good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits. Our dentist can determine if dental implants are right for you after a thorough evaluation.

Are dental implants safe?

Yes, dental implants are considered a safe and effective treatment for tooth loss. They have been used for over 30 years and are the strongest devices available to support replacement teeth. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime.

How long does the dental implant process take?

The process of getting dental implants can vary, typically taking anywhere from three to nine months from start to finish. The timeline depends on the individual case, including the healing process and whether any preparatory procedures are needed.

Do dental implants require special care?

Dental implants do not require any special care beyond regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups. They should be treated just like your natural teeth to ensure their longevity.

How successful are dental implants?

Dental implants have a high success rate, generally above 95%. Success rates vary depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed but, with proper care and maintenance, implants can last a lifetime.

Is the dental implant procedure painful?

Most people who have received dental implants say the discomfort is minimal. Local anesthesia is used during the procedure, and most patients report that implants involve less pain than a tooth extraction. After the procedure, mild soreness can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication.

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of dental implants can vary widely depending on the number of implants needed, the type of implant, and whether any additional procedures are required. It is best to discuss pricing with your dentist, who can provide a detailed estimate based on your specific needs.

Are dental implants covered by insurance?

Coverage for dental implants varies by health insurance policies and plans. Some insurance plans cover a portion of the cost of dental implants, while others do not. It’s important to check with your insurance provider to understand what is covered under your plan.

Schedule An Appointment

Contact Apollonia Dental today at 860-704-8000 to schedule an appointment with Dr. James McGrath and learn more about dental implants in Middletown, Connecticut.