Here are 7 of the most commonly asked questions regarding Dental Implants. I sincerely hope you find this list useful and helpful.
Most Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants!
Q: How Painful Is Getting Dental Implants?
A: Most of our patients report that they feel very little if any pain during the procedure. In fact, many patients do not have to use any pain pills. Your decision to use implants will help you to avoid much pain and discomfort in the long term.
During the treatment you can listen to music on headphones, and relax in our contoured chairs. Also, if you’re especially fearful, phobic, or pain sensitive you have the option of doing the procedures with sedation dentistry. Here’s how this works: you take a small pill before you come into the office and you rest peacefully as we do our work. With this option you barely remember the procedure the next day, but we are able to get much more dental work done in just 1 visit.
Finally, to make sure you are comfortable when you leave our office, you’ll get a prescription if necessary. Plus we will call to make sure that you are not in an abnormal amount of discomfort. Our goal is to give you stronger, more comfortable teeth, without experiencing pain or discomfort!
Q: How Long Will It Take To Complete The Treatment?
A: You will notice a difference almost immediately. However, the entire process can take anywhere between 3-9 months to complete. This depends on the type, and quantity of implants you need, along with the quality of bone in which the implants are placed. There are treatment options that are faster, such as dentures; however, none of these traditional methods prevent bone loss, or give the type of natural look and feel like implants do.
Q: Will I Need To Have One Implant Placed For Each Tooth That Is Missing?
A: No. In fact it is possible to replace all of the lower teeth with an over denture that is supported by only 2-4 implants. On the other hand, sometimes it might work to your advantage to replace your back teeth with an implant for each tooth to provide additional strength. We can discuss what’s best for your case.
Q: How Do I Know If I’m Too Old For Implants?
A: Great question. Your overall health and your desire to improve the quality of life are much more important things to look at, than your age. We currently have patients from 40 years old to 73+ years old. There have been reports of people who are in their 90’s and having this procedure done with no problems.
Q: How Long Do Implants Last?
A: Most research has shown that implants have been successful for over 30 years. However, our goal is to make them so they last a lifetime. This is much improved from dentures, which last about 5 years, and/or bridges where the expected time of use is between 7-10 years.
Q: What is the Cost Of Implant Treatment?
A: Many people call and ask us, “How much is one implant going to cost?” While I wish it was that simple. The only way to determine actual cost is by coming in for a consultation and examination to find out if you have bone loss, if you’ll need one, two, or more implants. Obviously, costs vary greatly depending on your needs and desires. If you read all the letters we get from patients you will find that some people chose implants, rather than a cruise as an anniversary present to each other.
So yes, you will need to look at implants as an investment, because it really is a significant decision. Implants truly are investments. A cruise or other trip ends after just a few days. Or you can purchase more “stuff” for the house, however is that really as important as the very best appearance possible and the best possible health?
A healthy mouth, or magnificent dazzling smile pays dividends in many ways for your entire life. Anyway, dental Implants are admittedly not the least expensive option. If your primary concern is lowest possible investment, then dental implants are not for you.
Q: I want to know if I’m a candidate, but I don’t want to go to an
office that is pushy or tries to sell me? What can I do?
A: Great Question. First, here’s what I’d like to offer you:
A FREE Dental Implant and
Healthy Smile Consultation!
What will happen is you will call us at 951-925-6596 and we will have you come in for a brief (half hour or so) time to get some x-rays, look at your gums, and most importantly find out what it is YOU WANT. And simply put, you get to tell me what you want! And that’s it. If, at the end of the consultation, you do not feel like we can help you that’s fine. You go home, and we leave it at that. There is NO PRESSURE from us at all. We are simply here to help you find out what you want to do.
Dr. Jorge E. Larrondo