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Dental Implant FAQs - Topeka & Silver Lake

Can I get dental implants if I have periodontal disease?

Although gum disease is preventable, it’s a leading cause of tooth loss. If you’ve lost one or more teeth from periodontal disease, you aren’t a candidate for dental implants if the infection is still active. After completing periodontal therapy, your new smile will have the healthy foundation it needs to thrive. Besides treatment for gum disease, you may also need additional procedures to repair any damage caused by the infection, like tooth extractions or bone grafting.

How long will the process take?

Unlike traditional tooth replacement treatments, like a bridge, it will take several months to rebuild your smile using dental implants. The process of replacing the entire tooth structure will occur in multiple steps, each of which is necessary to ensure the overall success of your smile. Although it may take a bit longer, it’s time well spent because your new smile can last for decades with the right aftercare.

Are dental implants painful?

It is normal to be concerned about a painful process because you will need oral surgery; however, you have nothing to fear. If you only need a single implant, a local anesthetic is often all that’s needed. If your case is complex, you might need sedation or anesthesia. Rest assured, you won’t feel any pain during your placement surgery. As with any surgery, you can expect there to be some discomfort while you heal, but you can manage it with over-the-counter pain relievers.

Can dental implants fail?

Dental implants are the most predictable option to replace missing teeth. Although they have a nearly perfect success rate, they can fail. Generally, the risk of implant failure is less than 5%, so it is very rare. You can help prevent complications with your new smile by maintaining your oral hygiene at home and visiting your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups.

Can I use my dental insurance?

If you’re ready to replace your missing teeth in Topeka and Silver Lake with dental implants, the cost can be concerning, but there’s no need to worry. Many dental insurance carriers will cover a portion of the cost after paying your annual deductible until you reach your yearly limit. Our office will work on your behalf with your insurance carrier to reduce the amount you need to pay. We will explain your payment options to cover any remaining balance, like using third-party financing with CareCredit. We will help you find the solutions you need to keep your new smile affordable.

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