Dental Implants FAQs | Dr. Spitz in Boston, MA

Dental Implants FAQs | Dr. Spitz in Boston, MA

di-slide-4Dental implants benefit anyone who wants to replace missing or damaged teeth. The doctors at Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry are part of a limited number of prosthodontists in the Boston area who have the necessary education and training to surgically place an implant and create a crown, bridge, or denture. Your entire treatment is completed in one office, with one doctor, start to finish.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are dental implants?
An implant is a man-made material that takes the place of the roots of the teeth on which a crown (single tooth), bridge (multiple connected teeth), or denture is secured. Divided into two basic groups, implants can either be inserted into the bone or placed on top of the bone. The type of implant selected is based on the amount of bone available.

Why should I get dental implants?
Dental implants have a high success rate of approximately 95%. As a tooth replacement option, dental implants can last a lifetime with proper maintenance and home care. Moreover, not only are they are functional, they are very natural looking.

Who is a candidate for dental implants?
Anyone, at any age, can be fitted for implants, as long as their health allows. Even if you have been told in the past that you are not eligible for implants, the doctors at Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry have the education, experience and training necessary to give you the smile you want.

What is the process like?
During a your initial examination, your doctor will carefully measure your teeth, take x-rays and look at the density and health of your jawbone. Next, a small incision is made in the gum line and a titanium fixture is surgically implanted into the jawbone. Once healed, a middle piece called an abutment is attached. During the final part of the procedure, a replacement tooth (crown) will be attached to the abutment.

Will the procedure be painful?
The amount of pain experienced depends on a tolerance for pain and sensitivity. However, most patients say that the process causes about as much discomfort as a tooth extraction. During some implant procedures, the doctors at Smileboston will use the Waterlase dental laser when placing the implant. This allows for fewer shots and less anesthesia, helping to reduce patient anxiety and provide a more relaxing dental experience.

How much do implants cost?
The exact cost of dental implants typically varies based upon the type of implant, the number of implants, the geographical location and if any supplemental procedures are necessary. However, most dental implants cost somewhere between $1,000 to $4,000.

Will my dental insurance cover dental implants?
Dental insurance doesn’t not typically cover the cost of dental implants. Occasionally, a portion of the procedure will be covered and medical insurance sometimes covers part of the procedure depending on how your teeth were damaged.

How long will my dental implants last?
The longevity of a dental implant depends on how they are cared for. Dental implants can last a lifetime with proper professional maintenance and conscientious home care.

How do I get started?
The first step in the process is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Spitz. It is necessary for the doctor to fully examine your teeth, mouth and gums in order to help you make the best decision for optimal dental health. Call our Brookline (617-277-4100) or Pembroke (781-826-7577) office today to schedule your consultation.