Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Implants


Q: Is the implant placement painful?

A: No, it is usually done under local anesthesia, often with IV sedation.


Q: How much pain will I feel after implant placement?

A: The discomfort you may feel should be minor. Most patients tell us that, if anything, they took one or two ibuprofen after the procedure.

Q: How long does it take to place dental implants?

A: Usually 60 minutes, depending on the location and the number of implants.


Q: What can I eat after having an implant placed?

A: We will outline a diet for the next few days including some soft foods. You will receive printed postoperative instructions.


Q: How long does placement, healing and construction of the replacement teeth take?

A: The entire process usually takes from 3 to 9 months, depending on your treatment plan.


Q: How do I care for my implant?

A: Home care for your implants consists of brushing and flossing. Regular dental visits are required for long-term health and success.


Q: How long does an implant last?

A: If your body accepts the implant, it should last many years if cared for properly. Many implants have been in place for more than 40 years.


Q: If my body rejects an implant, what happens?

A: The implant is removed and the site is allowed to heal.  Another implant can usually be placed after healing. This is extremely rare.


Q: Are dental implants covered by insurance?

A: Like most elective procedures, dental implants are not covered by most dental insurance plans. However, please speak with us about payment plan options.


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