Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions Dr. Appolon hears at Appolon Dental Group. You may have some of these questions, also. If you have other questions that are not answered here, please call our office or fill out our online contact form. One of our dental team members will reach out to help and schedule you for a new patient appointment at our midtown Manhattan dental implant practice.
Q: What can I expect with the dental implant process?
A: Though it looks like a natural tooth, a dental implant is a prosthesis used to replace a missing tooth (or teeth). It’s a small titanium post (resembling a screw) inserted into the jawbone, then affixed with a dental crown, a dental bridge, a partial denture, or a full denture.
The implant fuses into your jawbone during osseointegration, and then an abutment is connected to the implant. Finally, the artificial tooth or teeth are attached. Think of the dental implant process as having three steps: the implant is placed, the abutment is connected, and the artificial tooth is perfected.
Q: How long will dental implants last?
A: If well cared for, according to Dr. Appolon’s post-implant instructions, dental implants may last the rest of your life—an exact number of years is difficult to put on their longevity because every patient is different. The dental crowns and bridges may need to be replaced over time due to general wear and tear, but those dental implants are for life.
Q: Will people know I have dental implants?
A: While friends, family, and colleagues will notice a stunning smile and a renewed confidence in you, they won’t know you have dental implants unless you tell them!
Q: Does dental insurance cover dental implants?
A: The amazing team at Appolon Dental Group will check your insurance benefits, but it’s very difficult to say if your insurance will cover any part of the dental implant process because many variables are involved. You may need the simplest dental implant procedure or a full set of teeth that will require more time and expense.
Q: What are All-On-4 Dental Implants®?
A: All-on-4® is one of the most innovative dental implant options and only involves four posts implanted into your jaw. Traditional dental implants typically require 6-8 posts. The All-On-4 Dental Implant® is an option for many people, but Dr. Appolon must perform a thorough evaluation of your current dental situation to know which dental implant will best meet your goals.
Q: What are some of the benefits of dental implants?
- Dental implants in midtown Manhattan look, feel and function just like natural teeth.
- Dental implants are the longest-lasting of all restorative dentistry procedures.
- Dental implants stimulate the jawbone and bone growth, which helps to prevent further bone loss.
- You may enjoy all your favorite foods with dental implants (unlike dentures that present some dietary restrictions.
- Once dental implants are in place, you care for them like your natural teeth with twice-daily brushing, flossing, and regular visits to Dr. Appolon, your midtown Manhattan implant dentist.