Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions


If you are looking for a San Diego dental implant dentist you probably have some questions–it’s only natural. Most of our patients have questions before getting dental implants, and we’ve compiled some of the more common questions here.

What are dental implant prices? What do tooth implants cost?

That’s a great question. The truth is, it depends on. No two dental implant cases are the same. There are a lot of factors that we must evaluate before determining your dental implant cost. This is why we offer a diagnostic workup which gives us a very precise view of your unique situation. After this dental exam, we can assess your situation and tell you exactly how much your dental implants price will be.

How long does it take?

Usually, when patients ask this question, they want to know how long they will have to go without teeth. The answer is– You Won’t! We can have you in provisional or temporary teeth on the first visit, so your smile will look great. These temporary teeth are not meant to last forever and are not intended for the heavy forces of biting and chewing. They will be replaced by your permanent dental crowns after the dental implants site heals, typically in about six months.

Does my insurance cover dental implants?

Dental insurance is high, but it’s only meant for check-up dentistry. So if all you need is routine cleanings, your insurance will help you there. For implant dentistry, what we call complex care dentistry, dental insurance may only cover a small portion of the treatment necessary to restore your mouth to it’s former health, beauty, and function.

Are my dental implants likely to fail?

The short answer is no. We use the most sophisticated technology along with of implant dentistry experience to help ensure that your implants will last. In fact, over 90% of the implant cases we do are satisfied. A slight number of patients experience difficulty with their implants. As long as you take care of your dental implants, and follow our regiment of attention including regular office visits, your implants should look great and last you a lifetime.

Why are we just starting to hear about dental implants if they have been around for years?

Implant technology has come a long way in 25 years, and with the invention of the internet, more information can travel more quickly, and because of sites like this, dental implants are now commonly talked about.

Why don’t you just pull all of my teeth out and give me dentures?

The truth is, dentures just don’t function like regular teeth for the majority of people who wear them. In fact, they are so uncomfortable to wear; most denture owners keep their dentures in their pockets!We refer to dentures as “oral wigs” because that’s basically what they are. False teeth grind away on your natural gums underneath and can increase the rate of bone loss in the jaw, leading to much more complicated issues.

Dental implants preserve bone in the jaw and function like regular teeth. You don’t have to worry about your dental implants falling out when you laugh like you do with a denture. Dental implants are the permanent solution for restoring bite function so that you may eat the healthy foods that your body requires.

Can I still eat my favorite foods with implants?

Yes. Implants are remarkably stable, and remember – they stay put, unlike removable dentures. So you can eat and enjoy whatever you wish. Everything from apples to deep-fried anything.

Do implant procedures cause much pain?

A: Relax. In most cases, these procedures produce very little, if any, discomfort. In fact, many patients do not have to use any pain pills. Your decision to use implants will help you to avoid much pain and discomfort in the long term. Besides, given the overall health care benefits, you should not deny yourself proper treatment out of fear of pain. As with any medical or dental procedure, your attending doctor, the dentist, is equipped to provide you with appropriate treatment, including any pain medicines you need.