Dental Implant FAQs
I have more than one missing tooth, can I still have implants?
If you have a single tooth missing, then you will need an implant to support it. However, if you have multiple teeth missing it is often possible for two or more implants to support more than one tooth each. This is often known as an implant-supported bridge and your dentist will be able to advise you if this is a viable option for your personal dental requirements.
How long does the treatment take?
The length of the treatment depends on the extent of the work that you need, but you can expect to make several visits to your dentist’s office over the course of a six-month period. Your dentist will be able to give you a more accurate treatment timeline based on your personal dental requirements.
Am I a suitable candidate for dental implants?
Although dental implants have an extremely high success rate, it does in no way mean that they are right for absolutely every patient. If you are considering dental implants, then you will need to have a consultation with your dentist who will assess your candidacy based on your individual health and dental requirements. The ideal candidate will:
- Have great general and oral health
- Have sufficient bone in their jaw to support the implant
- Have healthy gums
- Be committed to taking very good care of their teeth and gums
People who may not be suitable candidates for implants include:
- Heavy smokers
- Pregnant women
- Young people whose jawbones are still developing
- Those with immune conditions
- Those with uncontrolled diabetes
- Alcohol or substance abusers
- People who have received a high dose of radiation to the head or neck (for example, radiotherapy for cancer)
- People who have a suppressed immune system
How much do dental implants cost?
Dental implants are created uniquely to fit the specific requirements of the patient and as such, there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ cost. While they may seem like an expensive option at first, over time implants are usually a more cost-effective and reliable solution to missing teeth.
You may find that your dental insurance policy covers part of the cost of your treatment, or you may be able to get additional coverage. We highly recommend that you speak with your dental insurance provider to see what your options are. Alternatively, many dentists are able to offer payment plans through third-party providers.