Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How can I tell if I am healthy enough for implants?

In order to determine the best form of implant for you is to come in for an examination and thorough consultation. The density of your jaw bone and the location where the implant needs to go is usually the major determinant as to which implant system is best for you.

Question: How long will dental implants last?

Implants are nearly identical to your natural teeth. An appropriate question would be “how long do teeth last?” They should last a lifetime. However, wear and tear is a daily occurrence and we know that dental problems mostly stem from improper care or lack of treatment when needed. The same holds true for implants. With proper care and routine dental check-ups they should last a lifetime.

It can be difficult to give guarantees because the health of the person is dependent upon many factors which are out of the control of one’s dentist (nutrition needs, proper hygiene, genetics, or disease processes that might occur). With proper care and maintenance, a dental implant can easily last 25 years and more!

Question: Do implants require special care?

Presume that dental implants are natural teeth and treat them that way. Return for regular check-ups. Brush and floss. Realize also, that caring for the gums is the best way to care for one’s teeth. More teeth are lost as a result of gum disease than any other single cause.

Question: Does insurance cover dental implants?

Yes and no –sorry to be so vague, but some carriers pay for them, some don’t, and some pay a portion of the costs. Most dental plans do not provide for the surgical placement of implants. However, many do provide some restorative benefits. Surprisingly, the best coverage often times can be through your medical insurance if you are missing all or most of your teeth.

In this case the implant procedure may be considered jaw reconstruction with restoration of normal chewing function and sometimes medical insurance will cover all or part of the treatment. In many instances we have been able to help get significant coverage for patients, but unfortunately it is not very predictable. Our staff will work hard to see that you get the best possible benefit from your insurance.

Question: How much do dental implants cost?

The procedure can involve a significant investment, with surgical fees ranging from $1,800 and up for a single tooth replacement (when the implant crown is added the cost is about the same as a conventional “3-tooth bridge”) to $5,000 and up for replacement of multiple missing teeth. However, the cost of non- treatment can be considerably more expensive.

Continual bone loss occurs from the wearing of full dentures (plates) and partials. This progressive loss of bone can eventually cause nerve exposure, jaw fracture and a complete inability to function with regular dentures. Correction at this point may be very expensive and can involve extensive bone grafts, which may require hospitalization and an extended recovery period. Placing implants before the bone loss becomes severe not only saves money in the long run, but also slows the bone loss process, increasing the likelihood of long term success.

Question: Why do dentures lose their fit?

In many cases, the pressure of dentures or partials on the tissues causes gums to get “flabby” and bone to shrink over time. When this occurs, the dentures usually become loose and awkward even when adhesives are applied, much like the way clothes become baggy when one loses weight, and this causes more bone loss and gum problems. With dental implants, bone loss as well as gum erosion are slowed.

Unlike dentures, which put pressure and stress on top of the gums and jaw bone, endosseous (“in-the-bone”) implants are actually surrounded by bone and the chewing forces transfer pressures into the bone, much like teeth do. This actually can strengthen the bone and increase bone density, reducing the bone shrinkage seen regularly from dentures.

Question: I have a tooth that is broken and my dentist recommended extraction and a bridge, but I don’t want to grind down my good teeth to support it. Could an implant work here instead?

Most likely an implant could work very well in this situation. Filing down teeth weakens them and makes them more susceptible to decay, gum problems and possible root canals. Sometimes a bridge is still a solid alternative, but an implant is often a better option.

An implant will be easier to clean and floss, won’t require attachment to or damage other teeth and is as close as we can come to naturally giving you back your missing tooth.

Question: How long does the entire dental implant process take?

The Shine Dental Implant Method consists of 7 simple steps:

Question: I have worn dentures for many years now and use denture adhesives to hold my teeth in place and I am getting tired of the constant bad taste and mess in my mouth. Could dental implants eliminate the use of adhesives?

A common complaint is having to constantly add adhesives to secure dentures, especially after drinking a cup of coffee or eating a meal. This can really be a nuisance when eating out at a restaurant and having to excuse yourself from the table to go to the rest room because your dentures won’t stay in.

Dental implants alleviate the problem because they are a minimally invasive treatment that can immediately stabilize loose dentures, eliminating the need for messy denture adhesives. Even the best denture adhesives can’t compare to the denture stability achieved with Shine Dental Implants. Shine dental implants are designed to help denture wearers laugh, talk and live with comfort and confidence.

Question: I am tired of wearing dentures but I do not want to have to get a new implant for every missing tooth I have. Are there any other implant based solutions?

There are actually a couple options available for you that do not require you to replace each missing tooth with an implant. No more messy adhesives. No more uncomfortable trays. No more clumsy speech. That means less hassle, discomfort and embarrassment for you. And that also means you can be you again.

Permanent teeth are put in and they stay in—for good. That’s because they are held in place in the same way that real teeth are. Artificial implants are attached to bone and become the ‘roots’ that keep the foundation solid. The dental bridge of gums and teeth is then attached to these posts, creating a smile that is custom-fit for you.

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