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FAQ: Dental Implants

Dental Implants FAQs

Suppose you are considering dental implants to restore your smile and functionality. In that case, this list of frequently asked questions about dental implants should provide you with answers to help you make a decision. We aim to help our patients understand how dental implants work and what to expect during treatment. You can contact us during regular business hours with additional questions or concerns.

Am I A Candidate For Dental Implants?

Most patients will qualify for dental implants. You should be healthy and have sufficient bone structure to support the implant. If you have suffered bone lost, Dr. Amy Marckese may recommend bone grafting to ensure the success of your dental implant.

Will my insurance cover dental implants?

Each patient’s dental insurance is unique and coverage will vary depending on the plan. We have trained in-house specialists who can answer many of your dental insurance questions. Not many dental insurance plans will cover dental implants. Some insurance plans will partially cover the dental fabrication such as the crown or the denture. Many dental insurance plans average annual benefits up to $1,500.

We also offer financing through CareCredit where you can receive interest free payment plans to help you spread out the cost of your treatment. The benefits of dental implants are endless and they are truly an investment in your oral health and quality of life.

How quickly can I get a replacement tooth?

After a thorough dental exam, our dentist in Indianapolis, IN will help you determine what your best missing tooth treatment option will be. Dr. Marckese offers dental implants in her Indianapolis, IN dentist office for one or several missing teeth. After surgery, the dental implant typically requires 3 to 6 months to fully integrate with the jaw bone before we can secure the permanent restoration.

Dr. Marckese may be able to provide a temporary crown while the implant heals. The entire process can take anywhere from four to nine months. If you need extra treatments like a bone graft, the process could take longer.

Do dental implants require special care?

Dental implants require no more maintenance or care than your natural teeth. Implants, like your natural teeth, depend on healthy gums and surrounding tooth structures for support. It is essential that you brush and floss regularly and visit Dr. Marckese at least twice a year for dental cleanings at her Indianapolis, IN dentist office. Regular and diligent oral hygiene should keep your dental implant healthy for a lifetime of smiles.

How much pain will I feel after the dental implant procedure?

There is generally little to no discomfort following the dental implant surgery. Our Indianapolis, IN dentist office staff will call in any necessary prescriptions in advance to prevent swelling and discomfort.

What can I eat after having my dental implant placed?

We recommend a soft food diet for a few days. This will avoid putting undue stress on the implant sites. Nutrient dense food we recommend includes eggs, applesauce, yogurt, oatmeal, cottage cheese, smoothies, and soup. You should avoid hard, sticky, or crunchy foods that could damage the implant site. Also, do not eat spicy foods or anything too hot or cold, as the temperatures can irritate the area.

How long does a dental implant last?

If cared for properly, a dental implant can last a lifetime. It’s important to visit Dr. Marckese twice a year for a routine dental health exam. In the rare occasion that you have any issues with your dental implant, you should call for an appointment to have it looked at.

What is the success rate?

Dental implants are now considered the gold standard in tooth replacement. The national success rate for implants is over 95%. Factors like smoking greatly increase your chance of implant failure. If you choose dental implants as your missing tooth replacement, you have to be committed to good oral hygiene habits for the rest of your life.

They must be cared for just like your natural teeth. If bacteria grow on your teeth or gums, infections and diseases can develop causing your implants to fail.

How do you clean dental implants?

The best way to clean dental implants is to brush twice a day, just like natural teeth. Although we advise paying special attention to your implant. It is important to brush around the implant’s crown.

How long does it take for dental implants to settle?

It may take anywhere from six to eight months for dental implants to settle in and for your mouth to fully heal. It is important to be cautious during this period, until you fully adjust to your implants.

How long after dental implants can you eat solid food?

After having dental implants placed, we recommend that you keep to a soft diet for at least 10 days to two weeks. This will reduce pain associated with chewing, and gives you time to adjust to your implants.

Are dental implants expensive?

Dental implants are generally considered an expensive option due to their surgical nature and the materials used. Costs vary widely depending on the number of teeth missing. However, they are a long-term investment in oral health, offering durability and functionality superior to other tooth replacement options, which can make them cost-effective over time.

Is getting dental implants painful?

Getting dental implants will involve some discomfort, but it is generally manageable. The surgical placement surgery procedure is performed under local anesthesia, so you won’t feel pain during the surgery. You will be able to control post-operative discomfort with prescribed pain relievers. Pain and discomfort typically subsides within a few days as the healing progresses.

Why are dental implants the preferred method to replace missing teeth?

Dr. Marckese prefers dental implants to replace missing teeth due to their stability, durability, and ability to maintain jawbone integrity. They closely mimic natural teeth in terms of function and appearance. Dental implants provide a comfortable and long-lasting solution without affecting adjacent teeth, making them a superior choice for many patients.

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