FAQs About Dental Implants

At the practice of Anthony Dailley, DDS we make it a point to keep our patients well-informed about the various procedures and treatment they’re interested in, from cleanings to dental implants. That said, we often receive many questions when it comes to dental implants. We’ve compiled a few commonly a few of the commonly asked questions here and have answered them for your convenience. If you cannot find your own question among these, feel free to contact and leave us with your question. We’ll be sure to get back to you promptly.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are an increasingly popular method of replacing teeth that aims to improve the patient’s oral health, chewing function, appearance, and of course confidence. An implant is comprised of three main components – the titanium implant body, the implant abutment, and the crown. The first two pieces are constructed from titanium, while the final part, the crown, is fabricated from porcelain. Dental implants are a very predictable and highly effective cutting edge method for replacing teeth thanks to a process called osseointegration –  the fusion of the implant to the jawbone. Once this takes place, the dental implant is secure in the bone just like a natural tooth, and has the ability to last a lifetime.

Why should I get dental implants?

Dental implants offer multiple advantages for our patients in Berkeley, CA. From durability to reliability, you can count on dental implants to look and feel like your natural teeth. Thanks to osseointegration, dental implants are permanent and secure unlike other tooth replacement options. There is little to no risk of them ever falling out or becoming loose, and they cannot become decayed lie a tooth. Compared to dentures, partials, or dental bridges, dental implants also have the added bonus of providing the same biting strength and function that patients are used to having with their natural teeth. Additionally, a dental implant is the only treatment that will actually halt the natural bone loss that naturally occurs following the loss of a tooth.

Normally after a tooth is lost the bone in the area where the tooth once was will continue to shrink and atrophy indefinitely unless an implant replaces the missing tooth. Bridges, partials and dentures will not have any effect on the bone loss. After losing a tooth, a patient may be unable to eat the same foods they once ate. With dental implants patients can enjoy their favorite foods again.

Since the crown portion of the implant is constructed from porcelain, they are known as some of the most natural-looking implants available. Working closely with Dr. Dailley, he will help decide the best shape and coloring of your implant to blend seamlessly into your smile.

Can anyone get dental implants?

While dental implants are advantageous, they may not be appropriate for everyone, but most people are able to get them. The best candidates are also those who are free from severe periodontal diseases, tooth decay, and are in reasonably good health.

Dental implants are not recommended for younger patients, such as children or teens below the age of 17. To receive dental implants it is necessary to have sufficient bone and gum tissue. The jawbones of children and young teens are still growing and it is typically not advisable to place implants in the jaw until the growth process has ended. This often occurs around 17 years of age.

How much are dental implants?

We understand if patients are concerned about the cost of their dental treatment. The cost of placing dental implants in a person’s mouth will vary depending upon whether a bone or soft tissue grafting procedure is necessary, how many implants are being placed, and the type of abutment and crown that will be necessary. In general, implant procedures are not inexpensive, but in the long run they are actually less costly than many of the other options available for replacing missing teeth (See cost comparison chart below). Most options for replacing missing teeth will need to be re-made over after a few years due to wear and tear and tooth decay. The surgical phase of placing an implant typically costs about $2,300 provided no grafting procedures are necessary, and dental insurance companies these days also frequently cover dental implants procedures. We can assist you with your insurance plan to determine the coverage you may have and what your out-of-pocket costs may be. Each person’s implant procedure is as unique as their smile, and this will be reflected in the cost of each person’s treatment.

Dental implants can be a long-term one-time investment, with proper care and maintenance. Our patients have found that the benefits of the dental implants have far outweighed the cost of alternative treatments, the timeline, and the cost.

25 Year Cost Comparison of a Single Tooth Replacement Using a Single Implant vs. a Bridge

Tooth Supported Bridge

Initial cost of a bridge today
Replacement cost of bridge after 10 years
Replacement cost of bridge after 20 years
*Ignoring inflation
Implant Supported Crown
Placement of a single implant
Single implant abutment & crown
$2,300 – $2,700
$2,600 – $5,000

How long does it take to get dental implants?

Much like the cost, the entire timeline of the dental implant process can vary from patient to patient. On average, the dental implant process can last from three to six months, and again this depends on a number of factors. Three to four months is the norm however. From number of implants to the supplemental procedures, changes in the patient’s health, can all alter the timeline. Dr. Dailley will work with you to plan out your treatment timeline, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Have Another Question? Contact Us!

At the practice of Anthony Dailley, DDS in Berkeley, CA we are always open for questions and concerns regarding your dental implants treatment. If you still have such questions, feel free to contact our office and one of our experienced staff can take your question. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Dailley as well, to determine if dental implants are best for your and your smile.