Frequently asked questions
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are the replacements for your tooth and its root. They are typically made from titanium or other similar metal that is surgically embedded or implanted into the jawbone. During healing the bone material grows into the implant.
Do I need dental implants?
If you have missing teeth, first visit your family dentist to discuss the treatment options available to you.
Are dental implants painful?
Having pain immediately after dental implant surgery is normal. As healing progresses, any pain or swelling should subside over 5 to 7 days after the procedure. Your dentist may prescribe pain medications and antibiotics. However, if your implant becomes painful or notice bleeding, contact your dentist. You may be developing peri-implant and lose the implant.
How much dental implant costs?
At Lynnwood Dental Studio, cost of an implant varies between $2500 and $5000 depending on the amount of existing bone, choice of material, and the number of steps required in placement of the implant, abutment, and crown.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
A dental implant is a titanium post surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line so that your dentist can mount replacement teeth or a bridge into that area. Thus, anyone with adequate bone in the jaw can get an implant. However, some people may not be good candidates to get an implant. Those include young individuals whose jawbones have not stopped growing, pregnant women, heavy smokers, people with uncontrolled diabetes, connective-tissue diseases, hemophilia, and other immune deficiencies. Visit your dentist to find out whether you would be good candidate for implants.
Can I have multiple dental implants?
Yes. It is possible to get an implant just for one tooth (one implant and one crown), several teeth (implants with supported bridges), or all your teeth (implant-supported full bridge or full denture). Only your dentist can determine a viable option for you.
How long a dental implant last?
With regular follow-up visits, and good oral care implants can last for 10 years or more.
Are dental implants expensive?
Dental implants cost seems to be high, but when you consider the benefits that you will get from a healthy, functional, and beautiful smile with an implant, you can figure out that the cost is justified. Placing a dental implant is not a simple procedure like getting a crown; it involves precise technical and aesthetic considerations.
You can have other teeth replacement options that may lower your upfront costs, but in the long run, you will continue to pay that cost over and over, making them expensive compared to dental implants.
Are dental implants better than fixed ridges?
Initially you may pay less for a dental bridge, but it may need to be replaced at some point. On the other hand, implants that are fixed to the jaw bone lasts longer and gives you beautiful smile with functional teeth. They feel and function like normal teeth.
Do I have enough bone to place a dental implant?
You should be having enough bone to support your implant. If you do not have enough bone, your dentist or prosthodontist can rebuild it for you by a procedure called “bone augmentation or grafting.” Although bone grafting is not required for every implant, it is the key to placing implants in the upper back jaw where bone quantity may be insufficient due its proximity to the sinus.