Here at Andrew G. Mortensen DDS Inc. we know that most patients have important questions about dental implants and the process. Our goal is to give you the critical information you need to choose the best option for restoring a self-confident smile. If after reading these frequently asked questions, you still have questions, please contact our office located in Fountain Valley, CA.
Here are some of the more commonly asked questions about dental implants:
1 What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are permanent replacement teeth that are surgically attached to the patient’s jawbone. Here at Andrew G. Mortensen DDS Inc., we take special pride in perfectly matching the shape, size and color of each patient’s natural teeth. Dental implants provide a boost of confidence and many other health benefits (keep reading to learn what these benefits are).
2 What Happens During The Dental Implants Procedure?
After a consultation where it will be determined if you are a good candidate for dental implants, you will schedule the actual procedure. During a simple out-patient procedure, a small incision will be made in your gum line and a titanium fixture will be inserted into your jawbone. The bone is then allowed to heal and grow in and around the fixture. Next, an abutment is attached to the fixture and allowed to heal before the prosthetic crown is attached. The entire dental implants process, including healing time, takes four to six months.
3 Am I A Candidate For Dental Implants?
Here at Andrew G. Mortensen DDS Inc., we believe that each patient and their dental needs are unique. Before dental implant surgery can occur, each patient must schedule a consultation to examine your mouth and answer any questions you may have. However, most dentists agree that successful dental implant surgery requires good overall health, sufficient dental hygiene and adequate bone structure to support the dental implant.
4 What Are The Benefits To Dental Implants?
Filling in gaps between teeth decreases risk of tooth decay, periodontal disease and further tooth loss. Patients with dental implants also report the following improvements: more aesthetically pleasing smile, improved oral health, better speech, stronger bite, increased confidence and freedom to once again eat the foods they enjoy.
5 How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
The average cost for dental implants is $1,000 to $4,000. However, the actual cost for dental implants depends on the patient’s oral health and the number of implants needed. Supplemental procedures can also add to the overall cost.
6 Will Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
Most dental insurance companies do not pay for the cost of a dental implant procedure. Medical insurance plans may provide benefits depending on what caused the damage to your teeth. Questions about your insurance plan can be answered by your insurance carrier or our helpful staff.
7 How Do I Take Care Of My Dental Implants?
Dental implants are strong and stable, just like real teeth. For this reason, hygiene for your dental implants need not be modified from your normal routine. You should visit your dentist and brush and floss your teeth regularly.
8 What Is Bone Grafting?
Sufficient bone density in the jaw area is required to properly support a dental implant. If a patient doesn’t have good bone or gum tissue, a supplemental procedure may be required. One of these procedures is bone grafting. During this minimally invasive surgery, donated bone tissue is added to the jaw to create density and volume required for a dental implant. An preliminary examination is required to determine if your jawbone and other tissues are adequate for dental implants surgery.
Dr. Mortensen and his friendly staff love helping Fountain Valley residents get their best smiles ever. Don’t wait to get your cracked and damaged teeth repaired. Dental implants provide and easy and permanent way to achieve a beautiful and healthy smile. Contact us today to schedule your no-obligation consultation. If you live in the Fountain Valley, CA area, contact us to find out how dental implants can help you get your smile back. Now is the time to fix your teeth and regain your self-confidence. Come see us today!
Dr. Andrew Mortenson
18837 Brookhurst St
Fountain Valley, CA
Monday: 7:30AM – 4:30PM
Tuesday: 7:30AM – 4:30PM
Wednesday: 7:30AM – 4:30PM
Thursday: 7:30AM – 4:30PM