While many are familiar with what a dental implant is, many prospective patients have a number of questions regarding this treatment and it’s effectiveness. If you’re considering replacing missing or broken teeth in your smile with dental implants, here are a few questions you should be asking your dentist before choosing this treatment.
- How much do dental implants cost?
As a lasting investment into the health of your smile, dental implants tend to have higher upfront costs than traditional restorations like bridges or dentures. The cost of dental implants varies from patient to patient and depends on whether a patient needs additional treatments before receiving their dental implants. Patient who have experienced severe bone deterioration must undergo bone grafting treatments which can increase the cost of getting a dental implant. On average, a dental implant can cost anywhere from $3000 to $6000.
- How long do dental implants take?
Recovery after dental implant surgery takes up the bulk of dental implant treatment time. This stage of treatment is especially important to the overall success of the prosthetic – it’s during this recovery phase that the implant becomes fused to the jawbone and essentially becomes part of the smile. If you need additional treatment before receiving your dental implants, treatment time and recovery from those pre-treatments may also extend your overall treatment time. Our Grand Junction dentist typically recommends expecting dental implant treatment to take anywhere from six to nine months.
- What kind of dentist can place dental implants?
Dental implants are a lifelong investment. Success depends not only of the effectiveness of treatment but also on the experience of your implant dentist. When choosing a dental implants provider, be sure to ask about their experience with this procedure and ask to see before and after photos of former patients. As a Master of the American Academy of Implant Prosthodontics, Dr. Poovey is uniquely experienced with the process of placing and restoring smile with dental implants.
- I already have dentures – can I still receive dental implants?
One of the best benefits about dental implants is that this restorative treatment can be adapted to almost any smile, regardless of how many teeth are missing. If you’ve worn dentures for years and are tired of the hassle this treatment tends to create, our Grand Junction implant dentist can secure a compatible denture set to your dentition with dental implants.
- When should I consider dental implants?
While dental implants are commonly recommended in cases where teeth are already missing, this treatment can also be considered as a proactive solution. In cases where teeth are too broken or damaged to repair, your implant dentist may recommend dental implants as a means of protecting the rest of your smile from damage. As a result, dental implants may be considered following failed root canal therapy, gum disease recovery, or dental emergency.
Have a question that wasn’t answered? Be sure to call Grand Junction dentist Dr. John Poovey for a one on one consultation about dental implant treatment. During your visit, Dr. Poovey will answer all your questions regarding implant dentistry and can help you determine if this treatment is the right solution for your smile. Call JP Dental and Implant Center today to get started!