Dental Implants FAQs Williamsport, PA

Do I qualify for dental implants?

Most people will qualify for dental implant. If you have one or more missing teeth, you should book an appointment with Dr. Joyce Kim in Williamsport, PA for an evaluation and consult. Here, she will thoroughly examine your entire mouth and medical history to determine if you qualify for them. If you have sufficient bone density and are in good overall health, you should be able to get dental implants.

How long does it take to get dental implants from start to finish?

On average, it takes about five to eight months to get dental implants. However, there are many things that could make a patient’s treatment take longer. If someone needs extractions or bone grafting, for example, the additional healing time may extend their treatment time.

Can I get a temporary tooth while waiting for my implant to heal?

Yes, your dentist will present you with several temporary options while your implant heals. You will never have to go without teeth or be embarrassed by a toothless smile during the implant process.

How long does it take to put in an implant?

The implant procedure will be different for each patient. In general, it will take your dentist about an hour to place each implant.

Can my body reject dental implants?

Although very unlikely, it is possible for your body to reject dental implants. The good news is this tooth replacement solution is the most durable and acceptable solution for tooth loss. It offers about a 95% success rate.

What can cause my dental implants to fail?

There are a few things that can cause your implants to fail. Most of them are avoidable. It is important to take good care of your dental implants and your oral health. An infection in the jawbone called peri-implantitis can develop with poor oral hygiene. It develops when plaque and bacteria build up around the implant and seep under the gum line. Other reasons they can fail is poor placement, bad bone health, and even taking certain medications.

How much are dental implants?

The cost of a patient’s dental implant treatment will depend on a number of factors. Dental implant secured restorations are the most sophisticated teeth replacements available today. Replacing your teeth with this method will involve surgery, high quality materials, and many visits to our Williamsport, PA office. The more teeth you are missing, the more your treatment will cost. It also depends where your missing teeth are located in your mouth. In general, it typically costs about $5,000 to $6,000 to replace one tooth. This includes the implant fixture, the abutment, the dental crown, and the labor.

How many dental implants will I need to replace my teeth?

This depends on how many teeth you are missing and where they are located in the mouth. Other important factors are how much available bone you have and the type of restoration the implants will need to support. If you are only missing one tooth, only one implant is necessary. For multiple missing teeth, your dentist will need to do an oral exam to determine how many you will need. This could be anywhere from about 2 to 8 implant fixtures per arch.