Dental Implants FAQs

Will my insurance pay for implants? 

Many insurance companies are now providing benefits coverage for dental implants. Every patient’s insurance plan is unique, and we always recommend patients call their insurance companies to see if they have coverage for dental implants. As a courtesy, we will help you to check your insurance after your initial consultation.

Are dental implants as strong as natural teeth?

Dental Implants are the most dependable remedy for tooth restoration. Once the implant is fully healed, patients can usually enjoy all of their favorite foods while benefiting from healthy, aesthetically-pleasing dental implants.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

  1. Having the most natural look and feel of teeth.
  2. Prevention of bone loss.
  3. Having the ability to chew your normal food again.
  4. Durability.
  5. Improved self-esteem and improved oral health.

How successful are dental implants?

The success rates of dental implants can vary, but in general, dental implants can endure for a long time. Some studies have even shown dental implants lasting longer than 20 years.

How long does it take for the implant process?

The implant process usually varies per patient. If you are a candidate for dental implants without bone grafting, this healing process usually takes about 3-4 months. If you needed extractions and bone grafting, the total time from start to finish can take about 6-8 months.

Am I candidate for dental implants?

Every person is a case by case basis. Our ideal candidate would be in good oral health. The healthier an individual’s gum and bone tissues are, the more support the implants will have.

Will one doctor do everything?

Usually, a dental surgeon places the implant(s) and performs other necessary surgical procedures, and the general dentist provides the temporary and permanent replacement teeth.  For your convenience and comfort, Dr. Wu will perform and provide all procedures of implant placement, temporary and permanent replacement of teeth and crowns.

How many implants do I need?

Typically, one implant per missing tooth is placed. Due to the fact that the larger teeth in the back of your jaws have two or three roots, the most common approach is to replace missing back teeth with larger implants.

Is age a factor?

No, there is no restrictions for age. When you come in for a consultation, Dr. Wu will discuss with you what your best options are.