We know that our San Antonio, TX patients usually have important questions about how dental implants can help them improve their oral health. To provide all the information our valued patients need, we have compiled this page of frequently asked dental implant questions and answers. If after reading this, you have additional questions, please feel free to give us a call and we will do our best to provide you with the answers you need.
1) I am missing multiple teeth, what is the best tooth replacement treatment for me?
It is difficult to determine the answer to this question without examining your teeth, mouth, and jawbone. Consequently, your first step is to schedule a dental implant consultation at Reger Family Dental. This initial examination will allow us to look at your mouth, review your health history, and help you explore your options. We will also provide you with a written quote that will help you determine if dental implants are the right treatment for your oral health needs, as well as your budget.
2) How do dental implants work?
Dental implants are replacement teeth that are based on artificial tooth roots attached to the jawbone that support natural-looking replacement teeth. Once fully healed, implants look, feel, and function just like real teeth.
3) Can any dentist place my dental implants?
Although many dental professionals say they can place dental implants, we suggest that patients always research potential providers before undergoing any surgical procedures. Oral surgery is very complex and your provider should have special training, education, and experience to ensure the best possible results. Only a trained and experienced dental implants provider can make sure that your dental implants are placed properly, look natural, and that they last for many decades.
4) How much do dental implants really cost?
The cost of dental implants can vary depending on a number of factors. Things that we consider are the density of the jawbone, the number of implants needed, the geographical area you live in, the provider you choose, the brand of dental implant you select, and if supplemental procedures are needed. Because of these factors, we never provide a one-size-fits-all fee for implants. For more information on costs and financing, please feel free to see our Cost & Financing page.
5) How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are one of the most durable tooth replacement treatments. When properly placed and taken care of, dental implants can last many decades longer than other tooth replacement options like dentures or bridges.
6) How long does it take to get dental implants?
Placement of dental implants usually takes from three to six months on average. However, it is important for patients to note that treatment times can vary depending on dental conditions, overall patient health, and if supplemental procedures are needed. Additional healing times may be necessary if patients get multiple implants or need supplemental treatments like bone or tissue grafting.
7) How do I clean my dental implants?
One of the best parts about dental implants is that they typically require no extra care besides normal brushing and regular flossing. Additionally, dental implants can be cleaned and examined while you are visiting your dentist for regular check-ups. Patients are also encouraged to examine the dental implant area regularly for any signs of infection or irregularities. Anything unusual or painful should be reported to your doctor right away.
8) Will insurance pay for my dental implants?
The answer to this question is usually no. However, your health insurance can sometimes pay for a portion of the cost of dental implants depending on how the teeth were lost and when. Specific questions about insurance should be directed to your insurance company. Alternatively, you can speak to a member of our financial support staff for further details.
Dental implant placement is an easy and permanent way to repair your missing and damaged teeth. In just a few short office visits, Dr. Reger will examine your teeth and help you determine if dental implants are the right tooth replacement treatment for your needs and budget. So if you live in or around the San Antonio, TX area, call us to transform your smile today.
Dr. Chris Reger
8213 Rough Rider Dr.
San Antonio, TX
Monday: 7AM – 2PM
Tuesday: 8:30AM – 6PM
Wednesday: 7AM – 2PM
Thursday: 8:30AM – 6PM
Friday: 8AM – 12PM