Dental Implants: What Patients Really Want To Know
While placing a dental implant may sound rather elaborate, it's actually a fairly routine procedure that helps to restore the full functionality of a patient’s mouth. Despite how common they are, many patients still do not understand exactly what is involved with implants. Not every patient qualifies for the procedure, so you should consult with Dr. Robert Capps, Dr. Mark Bowman, Dr. Jamison Padgett or Dr. John Hoggard before getting your hopes up. There are other options available if you do not qualify. Patients who do qualify will likely have additional questions.
How Long Will the Implants Last?
If you are undergoing surgery that will take up months of your life, you probably want results that will last forever. Dental implants offer a 95 percent success rate nationally. How long they last depends on how well the patient cares for them and risk factors such as genetics. Usually, the implants have the ability to last for up to 40 years. Some people’s implants last longer or shorter. You can get the most out of your implants by seeing your dentist every six months for regular checkups.
Are They Really Worth the Cost?
The final cost of an implant procedure depends on how many implants a patient receives and whether a bone graft surgery is necessary first. Initially, implants cost more than bridges, and insurance companies do not cover much if any of the cost. While this seems expensive, it is important to consider that implants are less likely to fail than bridges are. They also fully restore the function of your teeth and only require the same care as your natural teeth. It is up to each patient to decide if the benefits are worth the monetary cost.
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