Frequently Asked Questions From the Implant Dentist

Salt Lake City implant dentist Dr. Thomas frequently receives these questions about the tooth implant procedure
Utah implant dentist Dr. Allan S Thomas is often asked questions about implant dentistry and the tooth implant procedure. He is happy to answer any of your questions during your appointment or consultation in his office in Salt Lake City, Utah. Some of the questions he receives are answered here for your convenience.

  • What is the success rate of the tooth implant procedure?
  • Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
  • Is it expensive to get dental implants?
  • Will insurance cover a tooth implant?
  • Why replace lost teeth?
  • Is the tooth implant procedure painful?
  • Will I need to miss work to receive a tooth implant?

What is the success rate of the tooth implant procedure?

With proper patient care, a tooth implant can last a lifetime. After decades of research, dental implants are among the most successful dental procedures performed with a success rate around 95%. Dr. Thomas is an implant dentist and also a cosmetic dentist in Salt Lake City. So not only will your tooth implant be expertly placed, the dental crown placed on top of the implant will be beautiful and will blend in with the surrounding natural teeth.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

There are several factors to consider when determining if you are a candidate for implant dentistry. As a general rule, someone in generally good health will usually benefit by having a tooth implant replace a missing tooth. Having adequate jawbone mass and healthy gums to support the tooth implant helps ensure the success of the procedure. If teeth have been missing for some time, it is possible to grow the necessary bone through a process called bone grafting. In addition, it is helpful if you are free of systemic problems or chronic disease and are a non-smoker. But the best way to determine if you are a good candidate is to talk directly with Dr. Thomas, your implant dentist in Salt Lake City Utah, so he give an evaluation of your mouth and your general and oral health.

Is it expensive to get dental implants?

There is initial expense for a tooth implant procedure, but they can last a lifetime. So unlike loose dentures or fixed bridges which will need to be replaced again and again, a tooth implant is an investment in your current and future oral health. Patients with dental implants report that the benefits are well worth the investment–and state that they would do it again. The staff of Salt Lake City implant dentist Dr. Allan Thomas can provide you with a variety of financing and payment options.

Will insurance cover a tooth implant?

Different insurance companies and individual dental plants vary greatly in the coverage of receiving a tooth implant. You will need to check with your insurance provider. Portions of the tooth implant procedure may be covered, such as the replacement dental crown. But it is likely that the actual tooth implant procedure will not be a covered benefit. Contact the staff in the Salt Lake City office of Utah implant dentist Dr. Allan Thomas and they can provide you with payment options to make your new smile a reality.

Why replace lost teeth?

Missing teeth affect the shape of your face and the way the jaw closes, which can lead to jaw joint and bite problems. The remaining teeth tilt and drift into the open spaces, and the jaw begins to lose bone mass. Missing teeth can also impact social and professional opportunities. An expert implant dentist like Dr. Thomas of Salt Lake City, Utah can place dental implants that will correct these problems.

Is the tooth implant procedure painful?

As with any surgical procedure, there can be discomfort with a tooth implant procedure. Dr. Thomas is both an implant dentist and a sedation dentist, so he can help you be relaxed and comfortable while you receive your tooth implant in his Salt Lake City office. The vast majority of patients report minimal discomfort the day after the implant is placed. Dr. Thomas will also prescribe pain medication and he encourages patients to stay in contact if they are feeling ongoing discomfort afterward.

Will I need to miss work to receive a tooth implant?

Simple tooth implant placement is generally a very gentle and painless procedure. Most often tooth implant patients resume normal activities the very next day. For more extensive tooth implant procedures, it is usually a good idea to also take off the day follow the procedure.

If you have more questions about the tooth implant procedure, we invite you to talk directly with Salt Lake City implant dentist Dr. Allan S. Thomas. Contact our Salt Lake City, Utah office today to schedule a complementary consultation with Dr. Thomas. Simply call the number above or fill out the form on the right of this page.