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Dental Implant FAQs at Dr. Paul Binon's Practice

Answering Your Questions About Dental Implants

At Dr. Paul Binon’s practice, we understand that patients considering dental implants often have many questions about the procedure, its benefits, and what to expect. Here are detailed answers to some frequently asked questions about dental implants.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots, typically made from titanium, used to support restorations for missing teeth. They are surgically placed into the jawbone and, once healed, provide a stable foundation for replacement teeth like crowns, bridges, or dentures.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime. The longevity of an implant largely depends on good oral hygiene practices and regular dental check-ups. Implants are designed to be a durable and long-term solution for tooth loss.

Are Dental Implants Painful?

The procedure to place dental implants involves surgery, and as with any surgery, some discomfort can be expected during the recovery process. However, most patients report that the discomfort is less than they anticipated. Local anesthesia is used during the procedure to minimize pain, and post-operative pain can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.

Who Is Eligible for Dental Implants?

Most adults in good general health and with sufficient jawbone to support an implant are eligible for dental implants. Conditions like uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, radiation to the jaws, smoking, alcoholism, or uncontrolled periodontal (gum) disease may affect whether dental implants will fuse to your bone. Dr. Binon will conduct a thorough evaluation to determine if dental implants are suitable for you.

How Do I Care for My Dental Implants?

Caring for dental implants is similar to caring for natural teeth. This includes brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and using an antimicrobial mouthwash. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are also crucial for maintaining implant health.

Can Dental Implants Fail?

While dental implants have a high success rate, there are instances where they can fail. Factors that can contribute to implant failure include poor oral hygiene, certain medical conditions, and improper placement. However, with proper care and maintenance, the risk of failure is significantly reduced.

What Is the Success Rate of Dental Implants?

Dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. Success rates vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime.

Are Dental Implants Covered by Insurance?

Dental implant coverage varies by insurance policy. Some insurance plans cover a portion of the cost of dental implants, while others do not. It’s important to check with your insurance provider to understand what is covered under your policy.

Learn More About Dental Implants

For more detailed information about dental implants, please visit the American Dental Association’s website at www.ada.org. If you have more questions or are considering dental implants, contact Dr. Paul Binon’s practice to schedule a consultation. We are here to provide you with the information and care you need to make the best decision for your dental health.

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