Questions About Dental Implants

Answering Common Questions

As with any service available, there are always questions. Here, we answer the Nashville Dental Implant Center’s FAQ (Nashville Dental Implant Center frequently asked questions). We’re happy to provide useful dental implant resources so you can get the answers you need.

How Much Does the Dental Implant Procedure Cost?

The cost is determined by several factors: the number and type of dental implant needed, the amount of bone loss the patient has experienced, and the type of final dental implant-supported teeth the patient chooses.

When you schedule a private consultation with Dr. Locante, he will first review your X-rays and perform an oral examination. He will then be able to discuss your specific treatment plan, length of treatment, and total treatment fee.

Does Insurance Cover the Dental Implant Procedure?

It depends on the insurance company and the type of coverage. Almost every policy is different. Sometimes medical insurance will help patients with the cost of dental implant treatment. This area is one we are very familiar with, and we can help you with the determination of your insurance benefits as well as the new patient registration process.

Is Financing Available for Dental Implants?

Yes! Contact us at 615.436.5987 to review our financing options.

What are Dental Implants Made of?

Most dental implants are still made of titanium which is a bio-compatible metal used for over 60 years to replace missing tooth roots. All ceramic/non-metal implants are the newest material being offered and has numerous advantages—primarily for people with true metal allergies or sensitivities.

The dental implants Dr. Locante recommends are ceramic dental implants and are classified as non-metallic. They are very biocompatible with bone. Because of the compatibility, the jawbone grows around the implant making it firm and stable.

What are the Primary Benefits of Dental Implants?

Dental implant treatment offers firm, stable, and natural looking teeth. Patients can eat almost anything they like and can smile with confidence again. Dental implants also stop the destructive bone loss process caused by trauma from wearing dentures.

Who is a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Just about anyone with missing teeth is a candidate for dental implants. The primary concern is one of physical health. Most medical conditions are usually not a contraindication for dental implant treatment. However, uncontrolled diabetics and cancer patients who have recently received radiation therapy are not good candidates.

Is the Dental Implant Procedure Painful?

There is very minor discomfort with this procedure when performed by a trained surgeon. We offer IV sedation and oral sedation dentistry, in our Nashville, Tennessee, area office to ensure our patients are pain free. Most of our patients find they do quite well with minor pain medication such as Ibuprofen (Advil) after the procedure. Most patients return to their normal activities within a day of their dental implant treatment.

How Long Does the Dental Implant Treatment Take?

The length of dental implant treatment varies and is determined by the specific treatment required. In some cases, patients can leave the office on the day of treatment with functioning teeth; however, most treatment plans require four to six months. The majority of the time is needed for the patient’s bone to “bond” or “integrate” with the dental implant.

Why are my Dentures not Fitting Anymore?

You are most likely experiencing a gradual bone loss process that occurs when the teeth are extracted and tooth roots are missing. Because tooth roots stimulate jawbone health, the jawbone starts to shrink or melt away once the tooth roots are gone. Wearing a denture greatly speeds up the bone loss process. Normally, the lower jaw shrinks much faster than the upper jaw, which causes the most problems.

What Kind of Problems Will I Experience With Dentures When This Bone Loss Occurs?

Most patients complain of the inability to stabilize their lower denture or to keep it in place. Therefore, they have problems with eating, chewing, speaking, and even digestion. Many patients complain of mouth sores as well.

Do I Have to go Without my Dentures During my Dental Implant Treatment?

Absolutely not. We would like for you to keep your dentures out the day of treatment, thereafter, you can wear your dentures throughout your treatment.

How do I Select an Implant Dentist?

In choosing a professional for your implant treatment, it is important to know the experience level of the dentist. Don’t be afraid to ask how long the practitioner has been placing implants and how many implants they have placed.

Implant Dentistry is not currently a separate dental specialty, therefore, just because a dentist is a specialist in periodontal disease or oral surgery does not necessarily mean they have adequate implant surgical knowledge or experience.

Be sure to ask about board certification from the American Board of Oral Implantology and active membership in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

Is There Anything Your Team can do About Bone Loss?

Yes. With the modern bone augmentation procedures available to us today, even severe bone loss conditions can be helped. Usually, with proper treatment, patients’ mouths can be restored to normal function.

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