At our dental office in San Diego Dr. Henninger and his team know that the decision to invest in dental implants is an important one. We want to make sure you are fully educated on all of your tooth replacement options, so we have answered some of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants. Should you have any other questions about dental implants, please contact us in San Diego. Our highly knowledgeable team will be happy to help you
What are the benefits of dental implants?
There are many benefits of dental implants that make them an ideal tooth replacement option. Dental implants gradually integrate into your jawbone, which means they feel and work just like natural teeth without any of the hassles of dentures or other removable tooth replacement options.
Dr. Henninger works to custom-craft your implants to match your natural teeth flawlessly. Dental implants never need to be removed for cleaning or for eating and they allow you to enjoy all the foods you love without concern. Best of all, dental implants require nothing more than a good brushing and flossing habit to keep them healthy and beautiful for a lifetime.
How painful is it to get dental implants?
How long does the dental implants process take?
From start to finish the dental implant process takes several months completed in a series of appointments. It’s important to give you time to heal between every stage of the implant process to enhance durability and ensure that they last a lifetime. During this healing process, your new implant will integrate into the jawbone, creating a stable, strong root for your new implant. Once your mouth is fully healed, you’ll return to our office in San Diego to have permanent replacement teeth fitted.
How much will dental implants cost?
We understand that cost is a concern for many of our dental implants patients in the San Diego area. To help our current and prospective patients fit dental implants into their budgets, we work with your dental insurance as well as offering a number of dental implant financing options. Additionally, we accept CareCredit to help to make paying for your new smile as easy as possible. If you have any questions regarding insurance or financing options, contact our office today and our friendly staff will assist you.
I have dentures — can I still upgrade to dental implants?
There are two great options for patients who need dentures.
Teeth Next Day is a fixed implant-supported denture that can replace an entire arch of teeth. This is a wonderful option for those who haven’t worn dentures before and want a fully functional smile. The procedure is all done in one day, you go home with a temporary denture, and then come back the next day to have your permanent dentures attached.
Snap-in dentures are another option. These are fully removable and simply need to be snapped into place when you’re ready to wear them. Snap-in dentures are typically preferred by patients who are happy with their dentures but need a solution to better hold them in place.
Can a dental implant be placed the same day as extraction?
If I have gum disease can I still get dental implants?
While those with gum disease might not immediately qualify for dental implants, treating the condition may restore your eligibility. Gums that are inflamed and infected due to gum disease can jeopardize the success of your dental implants and may cause bigger problems down the line. Luckily, supplementary treatments can help improve your chances of qualifying for dental implants.