FAQs about Implant and Prosthodontic Treatment and Care

FAQ

Q: How much does an implant cost?

A: Implants are used in many different capacities to solve many dental problems. The surgical cost to place a single implant cost about $1900. From that point on it completely depends what the implant will be used for. If it is intended to replace a single tooth, then there is frequently the added cost of an “abutment” and a crown. If the implant is used as an anchor for dentures or replacements for partials then typically two implants are involved and there are connective elements such as bars, balls, clips, and snaps to keep the prosthesis in place. If it is intended to anchor a denture bridge so it functions as a non removable replacement for missing teeth, then 4, six or more implants are necessary. So the answer to this question depends upon what needs to be accomplished with the implant treatment. It’s like asking how much an airplane costs. Is it a Piper Cub or a 747 jet liner? The best way to find out specifics is to have an exam, tell me what you would like to accomplish with treatment and have me present several options to you. You will be told the pros and cons of treatment, how long it takes and how much it costs. Then you have the correct information on which to base a decision

 
Q: How long will implant treatment take?

A: Again one of those questions with many answers. A single tooth replacement can take 4 to 6 months. Sometimes we can place the tooth immediately but it depends on the quality of your bone. How long will it take to build a road? Is it from Sacramento to New York or from Sacramento to Roseville? There is a big difference in the time for those two projects and the same holds true for are we needing to grow bone? How many implants are involved? What type of bridge, crown, denture are we placing? It does take time for the bone to grown to the implant and that runs from 3 to 5 months or more depending on patient specifics. If the process is sped up any further, risk of losing the implant greatly increases.

 
Q: Can you have teeth in a day?

A: Sure you can. However it’s not as it is advertised by some multi-location corporate franchises. Teeth in a day start well before you get the teeth the day of the surgery. You have considerable preliminary work done before the teeth a made by the technician. Once they are ready, we complete the surgery and place the teeth that same day. Having the teeth placed in the same day of the surgery requires precise planning. It also has limitations as to the applications in which it can be used. Most common is for full denture fixed bridges (all on 4) and variations thereof.

 
Q: How long has Dr. B been doing implants?

A: The scientifically proven implants were first introduced to North America by Dr. PI Branemark, the Swedish orthopedic surgeon who developed them in 1982. I obtained training at the University of Washington the following year from Dr. Branemark and his team and have been restoring and placing implants ever since that time. That amounts to 29 years and many thousands of implants. Dr. Messenger and I were the first team to introduce the Swedish implant to the Sacramento area. The technical and scientific advancements that have been made during that time have been phenomenal. I had the privilege of being a part of that advancement by contributing research that impacted several aspects of the design and engineering of implants.

 
Q: I am afraid of having dental treatment. I am a dental phobic, can you help me?


A: There is no reason to put off dental treatment because you are fearful of what is involved. All of us have different pain tolerances. Sometimes we have had a terrible experience and are fearful that we may experience the same thing again. Today there are options. In our office we provide sedation dentistry and have been for many years. The medicine administered removes any anxiety and anticipated pain. You are sedated in a safe manner with the confidence that you will not experience or remember what occurred. We also offer oral sedation. Medication is administered in pill form and it relieves the anxiety associated with your dental visit. It is less effective than the IV sedation but does help many people over come the anxiety and fear associated with dental treatment. Talk to us about the possibilities of a comfortable dental experience.

 

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